Showing posts with label YA PNR. Show all posts
Showing posts with label YA PNR. Show all posts

Monday, October 13, 2014


All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead. (From Goodreads)

Compulsion is written by Martina Boone and published by Simon Pulse. It is 448 pages and will be published on October 28, 2014.


Compulsion by Martina Boone is absolutely one of my favorite books of 2014. It’s a dark southern gothic with an amazing historic account that delves back into the 1600’s. Charmingly romantic and eerily creepy, and Yep, I can come up with many more superlatives because it was just that fantastic!

Compulsion centers on Barrie Watson, a very non-normal girl with a ‘compulsion’ to find things. Barrie cannot ignore this compulsion without significant physical discomfort. “Finding things was the Watson gift. Barrie could find anything – had to find it, really – and the pressure that built in her head whenever she was near something lost had seemed stronger ever since her mother’s death” (Location 68).  When Barrie loses her mother, Lula, she heads to Watson Island in the Deep South, to live with her Aunt Pru, her mother’s twin sister, at Watson’s Landing Plantation. Barrie has an immediate connection with Watson’s Landing and feels immediate tugs of loss from within the house and the surrounding woods.

Once at Watson’s Landing, Barrie meets Eight Beaufort and learns a bit about the Islands history along with the curse that has hounded the three founding families: The Watsons, Beaufort’s and Colesworth’s, since the mid-1600’s. The curse of The Fire Carrier, sound ominous, right? Well, it is! I won’t delve too far into it, it’s better if you read about it!

Barrie first sees the Fire Carrier that cursed the founding families her first night at Watson’s Landing, as she watched him light up the river with a ball of fire she at first thinks she’s jet-lagged or hallucinating but she eventually realizes what she’s seeing is real, although it’s terrifying to her, she’s also interested because she knows the Fire Carrier can reveal the answers she’s searching for. This starts Barrie and Eight on a journey that will lead them into deep peril and treachery. You must read the story to find out more!

I love, love, love, the characters in this book! They are rich, they are deep and they are so real! Barrie is flawed but loveable which makes her the most perfect of heroines. Eight Beaufort is equally awesome, what one would think is a perfect guy reveals that he, too, has his flaws. Together, they make a great couple. Their romance bloomed beautifully, it was sweet, charming and romantic. These two characters really complemented each other and were a joy to get to know. I cannot wait to read more about them. The secondary characters, Aunt Pru, Cassie Colesworth, Wyatt Colesworth, and Mark were all equally personable. They were people that I really truly either liked or deplored, pitied or feared, some I even cried for!

Compulsion is deeply atmospheric, it is written so beautifully and descriptively that it was easy to imagine myself at Watson’s Landing Plantation, from the heavy humid air to the sweet smell of the magnolias.

I am impatiently awaiting the next in The Heirs of Watson Island series!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Recruited at his death to be a Protector of the Night, seventeen-year-old Daniel Graham has spent two-hundred years fighting Nightmares and guarding humans from the clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears. Each night, he risks his eternal life, having given up his chance at an afterlife when he chose to become a Protector. That doesn’t stop a burnt-out Daniel from risking daring maneuvers during each battle. He’s become one of the best, but he wants nothing more than to stop.

Then he’s given an assignment to watch over sixteen-year-old Kayla Bartlett, a clinically depressed patient in a psychiatric ward. Nightmares love a human with a tortured past. Yet, when they take a deep interest in her, appearing in unprecedented numbers, the job becomes more dangerous than any Daniel’s ever experienced. He fights ruthlessly to keep the Nightmares from overwhelming his team and Kayla. Soon, Daniel finds himself watching over Kayla during the day, drawn to why she’s different, and what it is about her that attracts the Nightmares. And him.

A vicious attack on Kayla forces Daniel to break the first Law and reveal his identity. Driven by his growing feelings for her, he whisks her away to Rome where others like him can keep her safe. Under their roof, the Protectors discover what Kayla is and why someone who can manipulate Nightmares has her in his sights. But before they can make a move, the Protectors are betrayed and Kayla is kidnapped. Daniel will stop at nothing to save her. Even if it means giving up his immortality. (From Goodreads)

Catch Me When I Fall is written by Vicki Leigh and is published by Curiosity Quills. It is 204 pages and will be published on October 23, 2014.

 Catch Me When I Fall by Vickie Leigh is fun, light hearted with enough edge to keep things interesting.

It features Daniel, a 17 year old Protector of the Night, someone who has previously died in sacrifice of another who now watches over the living while they sleep. Daniel protects his charge throughout their life from Nightmares, who are tangible and scary creatures that invade our minds and feed off the fear they invoke. Since Daniel is over 200 years old (in a 17 year olds body) he’s seen and fought many nightmares but it isn’t until he’s assigned 16 year old Kayla in a mental hospital that he is truly challenged.

The thing I like the most about the characters that Ms. Leigh created is their humor and wit, there were times I laughed out loud yet there were times when I felt their sadness as deeply as they did. Daniel and Kayla, the main characters, form a quick bond in the face of adversity but the secondary characters bonds are just as intriguing to me. Part of what I love in a book is the camaraderie of the characters and I really enjoyed this in Catch Me When I Fall.

I also really liked the world building! Ms. Leigh took me to places in the world like Rome and Paris and shared food and sights that were amazingly expressive and vivid. I love when I get to travel in my reading and it was an unexpected pleasure! Along with this, she created some really eerie creepy scenes that had me flipping pages at a rapid pace, I’m sure I won’t have a nightmare now without thinking of actual ‘Nightmares’ being behind it.

The storyline builds quickly and there’s plenty of action to keep the pages turning. There is a variety of supernatural creatures outside of the Nightmares, including witches and warlocks that I found fascinating and creepy all at the same time. The main big bad is a warlock who is out to do some evil deeds with one of our main characters but you’ll have to read the book to find out who and why!

This ARC was provided by Netgalley for an honest review.


Monday, October 6, 2014


When the one boy you crushed on in life can't seem to stay away in death, it's hard to be a normal teen when you're a teen paranormal.

Sixteen-year-old Keira Nolan has finally got what she wanted—the captain of the football team in her bedroom. Problem is he’s not in the flesh. He’s a ghost and she’s the only one who can see him.

Keira's determined to do anything to find Jimmy's killer. Even it if means teaming up with his prickly-yet-dangerously-attractive brother, Dan, also Keira's ex-best-friend. Keira finds that her childish crush is fading, but her feelings for Dan are just starting to heat up, and as the story of Jimmy’s murder unfolds, anyone could be a suspect.

This thrilling debut from Vanessa Barneveld crosses over from our world to the next, and brings a whole delightful new meaning to "teen spirit". (From Goodreads)
This Is Your Afterlife is written by Vanessa Barneveld and is published by Bloomsbury-Spark. It will be published on October 21, 2014. It is 194 pages.


This Is Your Afterlife by Vanessa Barneveld is a cute and quick read. I love a good ghost story and I wasn’t disappointed. Kiera is 16 years old and solving a murder mystery with her ex-best friend, Dan. Thing is, the murder victim, Jimmy, Dan’s brother, is helping!

This was a great story, sweet and adorable with just the right amount of eerie suspense! I really enjoyed the way everything unfolded – Dan and Kiera were best friends until Kiera confided she always had a bit of a crush on his more gregarious brother, Jimmy. After that, things were never quite the same. When Jimmy’s murdered, they come together to find the killer and old feelings are rekindled. 

The characters are great, easily relatable, affable and real. This is something that I look for in a good book, characters that I can relate to and as I read the last page of This Is Your Afterlife, I felt like I had made new friends. This is always a good thing!

Grief and loss is an issue that I think the author really did justice to in this book, not only did Kiera lose Jimmy but she had recently lost her grandmother. Delving into this heartbreaking topic is difficult under any circumstance but Ms. Barneveld handled the topic beautifully.

Great romance, thriller, mystery and ghost story! I highly recommend This Is Your Afterlife by Vanessa Barneveld!
This ARC was provided by Netgalley for an honest review.

Saturday, October 4, 2014


Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is a meme about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts…

I had a great week and received some fantastic books!

Willowgrove is Kathleen Peacock's riveting conclusion to the Hemlock trilogy, a dark, romantic, paranormal suspense series that pits friendship against survival, and trust against love.

Ever since Mac's best friend, Amy, was murdered, Hemlock has been a dangerous place. But now that Mac, her boyfriend, Kyle, and Amy's ex, Jason, have investigated a mass breakout from Thornhill, a werewolf "rehabilitation" camp, the danger has only grown. Fear of the infection spreading is now at an all-time high, and anyone with a scar is suspected of being a wolf.

What makes Mac even more afraid, though, are the dark experiments that the warden of Thornhill was performing on wolves in a secret asylum called Willowgrove. Uncovering the truth about what happened may be the only way for Mac to save everyone she loves and end her nightmares for good. (From Goodreads)
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: January 6th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books

 All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead. (From Goodreads)

Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: October 28th 2014 by Simon Pulse 

The fact that neither of her parents wants to deal with her is nothing new to Penny. She’s used to being discussed like a problem, a problem her mother has finally passed on to her father. What she hasn’t gotten used to is her stepmother…especially when she finds out that she’ll have to spend the summer with April in the remote woods of Washington to restore a broken-down old house.

Set deep in a dense forest, the old Carver House is filled with abandoned antique furniture, rich architectural details, and its own chilling past. The only respite Penny can find away from April’s renovations is in Miller, the young guy who runs the local general store. He’s her only chance at a normal, and enjoyable, summer.

But Miller has his own connection to the Carver House, and it’s one that goes beyond the mysterious tapping Penny hears at her window, the handprints she finds smudging the glass panes, and the visions of children who beckon Penny to follow them into the dark woods. Miller’s past just might threaten to become the terror of Penny’s future…. (From Goodreads)

Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: February 17th 2015 by Simon Pulse 

What's Stacking Your Shelves?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Nil by Lynne Matson

On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days--to escape, or you die.

Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s lying naked in an empty rock field.

Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time. From Goodreads

Nil by Lynne Matson
Published: March 4, 2014
Publisher: MacMillan
Pages: 384
Genre: YA Paranormal/Sci-Fi

Nil by Lynne Matson is one of my favorite novels of 2014. It’s told in alternating POV by the main protagonist’s, Charley and Thad. Both strong characters and, incidentally, love interests. Charley finds herself transported to Nil, an island that has its own set of rules and quite the evil personality.
It starts out when Charley blacks out in the Target parking lot and wakes up on a strange Island with no idea how she got there and no real survival skills. Good thing she has basic common sense to keep her going until she meets up with Thad. Thad’s been surviving on the Island for a while now and he quickly takes her back to the makeshift city that he and the rest of the Islanders have formed.  Charley fits in well with Nils’s human residents, especially Thad, who is the current leader of the group.
What Charley soon finds out is that every islander’s time is limited, 365 days on the island or else … there are two options to get off the island. You’ll have to read Nil to find out more. I recommend that you do!
I loved the dynamic of the residents of the island, each offering unique skills to the survival and wellbeing of others. There is an eeriness to the island, giving it an evil personality that is incredibly creepy and pervasive. It is a character within itself and offers some of the most dangerous and suspenseful moments in the book.
Ms. Matson developed characters that I fell in love with, worried about and now wonder what happened to after I finished the book! This begs for a sequel! I need more! I’m also so curious about Nil! What is up with this evil island? At times it seemed so docile and then, wham! It would strike without warning. What is Nil and why does it choose the people it does and only give them one year on the island?
Nil was an incredible book and I did get closure on some of my favorite characters but I feel like I need more which brings me to the fantastic news that Lynne Matson is writing a sequel, Nil Unlocked!

On the island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape—or you die. Rives is now the undisputed Leader of Nil City, but keeping the City united is tougher than ever.

Raiders have grown bolder, supplies are dwindling, and non-human inhabitants have taken a turn toward the deadly. New arrivals cause rifts within the City, putting the Search system at risk, and calling everything Rives knows into question. Desperate for answers, he teams up with the only other person searching for them: Skye, a new arrival with a mysterious past of her own. Soon the duo find themselves locked in a desperate race to save all the residents of Nil—and possibly destroy the island forever. But at what cost? And who will pay the price? (From Goodreads
Sounds delicious right!


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink

A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink is published by Penquin Young Readers and has 448 pages and is published TODAY!

Even angels make mistakes in this page-turning epic romance...

When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world's past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.

Michelle Zink masterfully weaves historical fantasy with paranormal romance to create a gripping tale of love and betrayal.[Goodreads]


A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink was a truly captivating read that I could not put down no matter what was going on around me. I loved this world Ms. Zink so artfully created for many reasons that you’ll soon read about!

Ms. Zink interwove a captivating tale with two genres that I never thought I’d see together: Steam-Punk and Angels! She did it so masterfully that I was glued to the book and it went everywhere with me---even the loo! I’m going to avoid the blow by blow description of the book and even though this isn’t my normal review method, for A Temptation of Angels I felt it necessary to put everything I loved about the book in perspective so here goes!

The Plot/Storyline: I am so impressed with how well Ms. Zink was able to incorporate the story in such a beautifully scripted format. The flow of the book was always spot on, I always felt like the tempo was appropriate for the situation. Bringing together two totally different genres such as Steam-Punk along with Angels is a challenge within itself but A Temptation of Angels is so perfectly blended and thorough that I found myself amazed at how quickly I fell into their world with my eyes open in awe!

The Characters: The characters were so wonderfully fleshed out and distinctive, Ms. Zink’s expertise at character emoting is exceptional. Through her characters perspectives we catch every glance, every nuance, etc… so that I felt like I knew each character as if I had been there myself. I loved the way the characters interacted with each other, nothing felt rushed and the relationships fell where they were meant to. I did shed a few tears at the loss of one character that I adored; I think that was the only time I wanted to email Ms. Zink and beg her to change it! But there’s a reason for everything…

In summary, A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink is one Huge Fan-Faery-Tastic book of Awesomeness! I highly recommend you read this book, you won’t be let down by this absolutely mesmerizing story unless you abhor a fascinating read! This is most definitely a One-Sit-Read for me, my highest honor!The ending of A Temptation of Angels leaves me in high anticipation for the next in the series! I’ll be counting down the days if not hounding the Publishers for another ARC!


Thank you to Netgalley and Penquin Young Readers for allowing me to view this galley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Marked (Delcroix Academy #2) by Inara Scott

The Marked by Inara Scott is the second installment in the Delcroix Academy Series published by Hyperion CH Books. The Marked is due out on April 3, 2012 and has 320 pages in Hardcover print. The first book in the Delcroix Academy is The Candidates. Both books are available at Amazon and other fine book retailers.

All of her life, Dancia Lewis has wanted to use her powers for good. And now that she’s learned the truth about Delcroix Academy—and herself—she may just get the chance. But being part of Delcroix’s top secret Program isn’t anything like Dancia expected. She has to ask herself: what happens to the Talented kids who refuse to pledge their loyalty to the Program? And why did her friend Jack run away rather than join?
Dancia’s adorable boyfriend Cam insists they need the help of every Talented student to defend Delcroix from dangerous enemies outside their gates. But Dancia has to wonder: what if Delcroix’s most frightening enemies come from within?
Courtesy of Amazon


The Marked (Delcroix #2) by Inara Scott is the second installment in the The Delcroix Academy series. The first book, The Candidates, was one of my favorite books of 2010. Ms. Scott does a spectacular job in this paranormal romance filled with danger, thrills, mystery and intrigue an oh, let's not forget swoon worthy romance!

The Marked is one of those books that is difficult to put down, most of the same characters are present from The Candidated (Delcroix Academy, Book # 1) so I had a sense that I knew most of the people present that I knew and loved (or disliked). The narrative was fantastic with just the right amount of tension to keep me turning pages deep into the night. In true Inara Scott style there were shocks and thrills throughout and rarely a dull moment.

Dancia remains at Delacroix with her loyal girlfriends and of course, Cam-the love of her life. Dancia still isn't trusted by some of the eldest watchers who believe she helped Jack get away after stealing 2 valuable books from the counsel library from the first book. She still misses Jack who she believes is innately good but had a rough life and holds people at bay for fear of getting hurt.

There is still danger lurking around Delcroix Academy, specifically a powerful group of kids with powers that are out to destroy the Academy and they don't care who gets hurt. They are called The Irin and they form cells that work co-dependently together all over the world under a man named Gregori, the problem is they are getting bolder in their attacks and they have some serious talent.

The fight to save Delcroix Academy and even their very own lives against Gregori and his Irin followers has everyone on edge. Ms. Scott does a marvelous job of displaying how fear can either bring people together or push them apart. I am as much, if not more, invested in the characters and actually care about them as if they were my own friends or enemies; this is how beautifully Ms. Scott depicts her characters. The plot weaves in its twists and turns when you least expect them and keeps the book flowing and exciting until the very end. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series!


*Thank you Netgalley and to the publisher for allowing me to view this galley in exchange for my honest opinion

Monday, January 2, 2012


Title:  Fracture
Author:  Megan Miranda
Pub/Pub. Date:  Walker & Co./January 17, 2012
Pages: Print-272
Genre: YA PNR

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Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine
-despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?
Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?


Fracture by Megan Miranda is a captivating story that touches on a near death experience with a teen that leaves her with an unusual ability. Fracture is full of surprises and Ms. Miranda's unique narrative tells this story with great aplomp.

When best buds and next door neighbors Delaney and Decker are out with some friends having some fun on an iced over lake, Delaney falls in and as you’ve read in the synopsis she’s under for 11 minutes which is far to long not to have severe brain damage let alone death. What Decker does by Delaney’s bedside is to ‘bargain’ with God. His guilt over Delaney falling through the ice is immense because he didn’t get to her for 11 minutes though it isn’t his fault, friends held him back until a rope is found so that they don’t lose two friends to the frigid waters. Delaney is in a coma for 6 days and when she wakes up she is considered a miracle by all. Despite the scans that showed extensive brain damage, there is none; but Delaney didn’t come out of the accident completely unscathed and as Delaney will soon find out, she is carrying a terrifying new ability. She is drawn to those who are about to die.

When it comes to the characters, I had a hard time relating to Delaney; in the beginning she doesn’t always come off as a very caring or compassionate main character, in fact, there are times when she is downright rude to her friends especially the ones that come to visit her and Decker has to remind her to ‘be nice’. That sort of set the tone for me early on but as the book went on, I ‘warmed’ up to her and learned to accept that she is pretty witty and has a snarky sense of humor. The other characters are realistic and likeable, especially Decker.

Delaney struggles to regain her former life but her mother is making that difficult and dealing with her new ability or curse isn’t easy. When newcomer Troy appears who also suffered a near death experience and has the same ability as Delaney a sort of love triangle starts but what are Troy’s real intentions? There are plot twists that surprised me, thrilling adventures and suspense along with a realization that all is not always what it seems to be.

Fracture really gave me a lot to think about especially in the areas of Spiritual vs. Science vs. Something Darker. What would I do if I absolutely knew I had only one day to live? I also realized that 11 minutes can often seem like an eternity or it can go by in a snap-it all depends on the circumstances.


Thank you to ATWT and the publisher for allowing me to view the unfinished ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

On the Fringe by Courtney King Walker

Book:  On the Fringe
Author:  Courtney King Walker
Publisher:  Lands Atlantic Publishing
Pub. Date:  Oct. 19, 2011
Genre:  YA PNR

Claire is struggling to overcome the murder of her childhood friend and secret crush, Daniel. Everyone else seems to be moving on with their lives, but she's still trying to cope. The fact that she finds herself alone and drowning on her 16th birthday isn't helping.

Neither is thinking she sees Daniel's face in murky water as she mysteriously resurfaces. But something happened during those four and a half minutes that will make her realize it was not just her imagination.

As Claire and Daniel try to grasp a possible reconnection, other grudge-holding beings have plans of their own. Now, the two of them have to decide if their fleeting relationship is worth the possibility of Claire being trapped on the fringe forever.

Beautifully told, On the Fringe intertwines fresh ideas about devotion, revenge, and the consequences that come with life and death.

On the Fringe by Courtney King Walker is aptly named and you’ll soon find out why. Ms. Walker gave me a mesmerizing look at first love and the devotion that can come with it even beyond the grave. I enjoyed another ‘ghost’ book! Surprise, surprise! I guess I can wipe that off my ‘I don’t read’ list now as this is the fifth book involving ghosts that I have truly enjoyed.

Claire and Daniel have known each other for ever. Claire is best friends with his sister and Daniel is best friends with her brother. They both secretly harbor a secret love but Daniels life is cut short before he or Claire can act upon their feelings. It isn’t until Claire is drowning on her 16th birthday when she reconnects with the spirit of Daniel.

Ms. Walker narrates in both Claire and Daniels POV which keep’s the book flowing beautifully, seeing each characters feelings and thoughts brings much to this thrilling story. On the Fringe isn’t just about reconnecting with first loves it’s also about where Daniels been, On the Fringe, Ms. Walker gives an interesting and thought provoking account of life after death. It is thrilling as Daniel tries to protect Claire against an entity that has it out for Daniel.

On the Fringe has some interesting plot twists, dash away tear moments and plenty of thrills to keep any reader intrigued until the very end. Well written with engaging characters, an unusual and fascinating plot and a heart wrenching story of first loves, On the Fringe will appeal to most readers of the genre.


Friday, November 25, 2011

She Smells the Dead by E.J.Stevens

Author:  E.J. Stevens
Publisher:  Sacred Oaks Press
Pub. Date:  September 9, 2010
Genre:  Young Adult Paranormal Romance

It's the beginning of senior year and Yuki's psychic awareness of ghostly spirits is threatening to ruin her life. Her ability to sense spirits of the dead isn't glamorous like on TV.
Yuki is being visited in her dreams and suspects that her friend Calvin is involved in something strange.
Will Yuki be able to save the spirits and herself?


First off-I am amazed that I haven’t read the Spirit Guide series by E.J. Stevens until now! How could I miss such a gem of a read! She Smells The Dead is a One-Sit-Read for me-literally and figuratively! Once I picked it up, I didn’t put it down until I finished it and then I quickly downloaded the rest of the series on to my Kindle and did the same. I read the entire series in 2 days and now I want more!

E.J. did a beautiful job in all aspects of her novel but what impressed me the most was her character descriptions; the main character Yuki (really Vanessa, but that’s a story within itself!) quickly endeared herself to me. She is 5 ft nothing, Goth and tortured by the jocks at school who think she’s a witch but Yuki’s the kind of girl who doesn’t let them see how it hurts her, she’s a tough cookie on the outside but has a heart of gold. She’s a vegan and loves showing her own uniqueness in her sense of style. So what if it happens to be knee-high lace ups, torn tights and white make-up-she is proud of her style and wears it well. Yuki values her friends Calvin and Emma. Calvin or Cal, is a meat eating hunk who’s as anti-goth as they come but has been friends with Yuki forever and Emma, straight laced, organized, factual, extreme animal rights activist and dresses basically only in beige don’t seem to be who you’d pick out of a line up as Yuki’s friends but they are loyal and supportive of each other. E.J.’s description of the trio’s friendship is realistic and true, she could have been talking about my own besties. The secondary characters, particularly Simon, are a joy and I couldn’t wait to read more about them.

Told in Yuki’s POV, I was completely engrossed in a wondrous tale about an unusual young woman with the gift of smelling the dead and by smelling the dead she learns she can help those spirits that are reaching out to her for help or closure. There is so much more to the story then this, though. E.J. incorporates young love, hilarity in the form of Yuki’s personality and her interactions with her friends. Yuki’s favorite saying, ‘Son of a Dung Beetle’ is so apropos and Cal often calls her ‘Dung Beetle Princess ’. The story holds many secrets for the reader to discover.

There’s quite a bit of mysticism involved, Cal is a practitioner of many variations of meditation and vision quests. Yuki finds that her dreams are prophetic and that she has a spirit guide and the form of that spirit guide is a riot but you must read to find out! Interestingly enough, Cal has his own supernatural ability to cope with and it ties in with Yuki, making the story all that much more fascinating. My only complaint is that the books are to short, I want more pages of Yuki and company!

She Smells the Dead by E.J. Stevens is a captivating read that I completely enjoyed on so many levels. The next in the series, Spirit Storm promises to be as fanfaerytastic as She Smells the Dead! I know this because I’ve already read it!


Friday, October 21, 2011

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author:  Michelle Hodkin
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
Publication Date:  September 27, 2011
Pages: 452
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.

She's wrong.


Michelle Hodkin wrote a superb novel focusing on two main characters, Mara and Noah but she also beautifully incorporated and did a fantastic job on the secondary characters which brought a richness to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer that made it seem more realistic. Told in first person narrative by Mara, who is suffering the aftermath of a traumatic accident that killed two friends (one was her best-friend) and her boyfriend. Mara remembers nothing about the accident and is suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The Dyer family decides to move from Rhode Island to Miami with the hope of Mara getting better by removing her from the situation and place where the accident happened and to allow her father, a powerful lawyer to work on a high profile criminal case.

Mara and her brother are enrolled in Croyden Academy, an exclusive private school. This is where she first meets swoon-worthy bad boy, Noah. Noah pursues Mara with a vengeance but the last thing she wants is a guy in her life right now, no matter how hot he is. Her days are full enough with visions of her dead friends and on top of that, people around Mara are starting to die!

The thing I like most about The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is the constant twists and turns in the plot! Just when you think you know where it’s going, it takes a turn! Mara’s family rocked, too! The absence of families in YA books is all too common because they ‘get in the way’. Not so in this case, in fact Mara’s family enhances the story at some points.

Ms. Hodkin wrote this story beautifully; she kept me intrigued, wrote the twisting turns that kept me turning pages well into the night and created a haunting mesmerizing story that steps outside the usual genre fare. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a rare treat and with the way things DIDN’T end, I’m sure there will be a sequel! A sequel that I will be anxiously awaiting, faery wings a beatin’ a mile a minute and not feeling fully satisfied until some of the questions I have are answered more fully!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Damned (Crusade #2) by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

Hardcover, 544 pages
Published August 30th 2011
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing


Damned is a captivating sequel to Crusade, I’ve waited for this novel to come out and I was not disappointed! It’s Thrilling, Chilling and Bad to the Bone all while carrying romance and heart break making for a most fascinating read. The series continues to get better, which I thought impossible!

Nancy Holder and Debbie Vigue do a wonderous thing with building a dystopian like world that is ruled by vampires and humans are their sheep. It’s incredibly believable which is what makes it so scary; I can picture this world in my head without much difficulty. The Salamanca group continues to battle the vampires and the humans who side with them, the battle scenes are unbelievably realistic and at times I found myself setting the book down so I could absorb exactly what had happened.

Damned isn’t all about battling vampires; many in the group are battling what’s in their hearts. There is much unrequited love in Damned and with the addition of new characters it gets even more so. The plot while twisted and convoluted isn’t difficult to follow-in fact, it’s part of the thrill, trying to figure out what will happen next drove me crazy! Nancy and Debbie wrote the most amazing plot twists and turns so what I thought I knew turned out to be wrong-imagine that!
There are times when I’m rooting for and celebrating with Team Salamanca and there are times that I am feeling desperate and hopeless. I cried more than once through the book and there is one part that is particularly heart-wrenching-again, I had to set the book down to actually process what had just happened.

The Crusade series is amazing and quite frankly one of the best I’ve read. I am eagerly looking forward to Passing, the next in the series. I recommend starting with the first in the series Crusade before starting Damned and I also would recommend this book to all my Besties and Buds!


A Big Thanks to Simon and Schuster Galleygrab for allowing me access to this galley in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Welcome E. Van Lowe! Author of Boyfriend from Hell! Guest Blog and My Review!

A huge welcome to E. Van Lowe! Thank you so much for joining me here at The Book Faery! I absolutely LOVED Boyfriend From Hell and I am so curious to know just what kind of music Satan would listen to, if he were a music listening kinda dude? Care for a little insight for us readers?

Satan’s Playlist

I am often asked if I have playlists for the books I write, which got me thinking. One of the key characters in my new novel, Boyfriend from Hell is Satan himself. What music do you suppose would be burnin’ up Satan’s ipod? I thought I’d have a little fun with it. Here is my take on Satan’s Playlist:

I believe Satan has to be a serious rocker, so I am certain Bat Out Of Hell by Meatloaf would be high up on his list; along with Hotel California by The Eagles. He’d round out his rock list with a little metal: Hells Bells by AC/DC, and what devil doesn’t listen to The Rolling Stones: It Must Be Hell, along with another Stone’s hit, Sympathy for The Devil. Yeah, I bet Satan really loves that one.

When Satan is in the mood for classic Rock & Roll you know he’s banging The Devil With The Blue Dress On, by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. When he’s in a somber mood he’ll pop on Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash. On those disco days when Satan’s gotta get his hustle on, you know he’s listening to Burn Baby Burn Disco Inferno by The Tramps. Rounding out his mix he’s got to have something by The Boss, I’m On Fire and, of course, The King, Devil in Disguise.

Those, in no particular order, are my top 10 songs on Satan’s Playlist. I’d love to hear what songs you think he’d listen to. If you’re interested in checking out Boyfriend From Hell, the first four chapters (pdf) are available for free right now on my website. Readers can go to and click on the Boyfriend From Hell Sample link to get it. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Peace.

Wow! I love a lot of those songs! I saw Mitch Ryder play 'unofficially' at a bar called Septembers in Detroit a *few* years back and lets just say he sang a few bars of Devil in a Blue Dress before he fell of the table! True story, that! Excellent picks!!!

Thanks so much for being here! I loved Boyfriend from Hell and absolutely cannot wait for the next installment! Hurry it up, will ya!

The Book Faery's View of Boyfriend From Hell:

Boyfriend from Hell was such a surprise! It had all the characteristics I love in a good book! A super great heroine, who has a sense of humor, is a bit whiney yet shows growth throughout the book, a super freaktastic paranormal element that’s more than a tad creepy and a really unique tale that sets it apart from the rest of the genre!
Poor Megan is used to having her mom to herself but when her mom starts dating and then her two best friends hook up, she’s feeling pretty sorry for herself---that is until Guy enters the picture. It’s then when all Hell breaks loose-literally!

Boyfriend from Hell by E. Van Lowe was the perfect summer read-like a chocolate mousse-not to heavy and not to light-just deliciously perfect. There are plenty of plot twists, suspense and definite thrills but the biggest thing is Megan’s sense of humor! Despite the subject matter, Megan had me snorting through half the book-I loved it!

Warning: There’s a cliffie so watch for the next in the series! Personally, I can’t wait! I'd recommend this book to all my buddies!

You can read more about the author here:

Monday, May 23, 2011


In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the "thing" inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch….

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on—even if it seems no one believes her. Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.


I LOVED The Girl in the Steel Corset---Everything about it! Kady Cross created an amazing world; Victorian London with a Steam-punky edge that was incredible in its detail I wanted to be there to experience it for myself but Ms. Cross’s vivid descriptions were the next best thing. Moving on to vivid descriptions, Ms. Cross’s character descriptions quickly had me entrenched in the story. Finley, already a favorite heroine from the novella, The Strange Case of Finley Jayne, became even more realistic to me. Her friends became my friends and in turn, her enemies became my enemies!
This book is a One-Sit-Read, the highest honor that this reviewer can give.

Finley, at odds with her two selves; the bad or the other Finley who rejoices in vengence and violence-to those who justly deserve it, of course, that part of Finley seems to only come out when someone is being harmed, abused or threatened and the good Finley, the lady her mother brought her up to be. Finley has always known there is something different about her, she’s incredibly fast, incredibly strong and can do things that no human should be able to do. She heals incredibly fast and can take incredible injury that would kill others. Finley has no idea who her real father is and her mother won’t speak much about him and when she does, Finley senses some untruth lying just underneath her mother’s statements. Will she ever find out who her father is and if so, is he like her?

Finley’s been sacked from her last two positions for defending those that couldn’t defend themselves, she gets another position in a very wealthy family’s Manse. Fearing she’s killed the rascal son who rapes the maids after punching him quite soundly in the mouth when he gets rough with her, the other Finley takes over and runs like a wild thing. It’s while her 'other' self is running blindly that she runs into the Griffin, The Duke of Greythorne, literally, while he’s riding his steam-powered velocycle. He decides to take her home to Greythorne knowing that she’s different immediately. Griffin’s learned to trust his instincts and he’s sure he’s right about this girl lying unconscious with only a cut on her cheek when she should have multiple injuries.

After the shock of waking up in the most luxurious room Finley’s ever seen and then the shock of being in the home of THE Duke of Greythorne, she meets Griffins rag-tag group of friends, all of whom are exceedingly loyal to Griff. Finley feels at once very at home but also an outsider. There’s Emily, with ropey red hair and the smartest person that Finley’s ever met-she’s extremely kind to Finley, then there is Sam, a monster of a man who is part robot who seems angry all the time, many of his barbs directed at Emily and Griff and he makes his distrust of Finley known as often as possible, Griff’s Aunt Cordelia who is his Guardian until he reaches the age of 21, though she is only 10 years or so older then he is but there is a deep affection between the two. Cordelia is a gifted mind reader which comes in handy at times, later we meet Jasper, an American six-gun shooter cowboy who can shoot like nobody’s business. Everyone she meets has something that makes them ‘unusual’. Finley fits right in and she needs to earn the trust of her new friends, friends that know about her two selves and unusual abilities yet still haven’t thrown her out. Ms. Cross did such an amazing job with her characters-they’re vivid, vulnerable and step off the page realistic.

The heart of the story is to catch the notorious Machinist, the criminal who has sent automatons to attack people. Diggers that help dig tunnels is one of the creations he adjusted and the one that almost took Sam’s life. When there is a robbery at The British Museum and it appears it was an automaton that did it, the group can only assume that the Machinist is up to no good. Some of the Queens personal items start disappearing and it’s only a few weeks before The Jubilee Celebration. The Queen makes a Jubilee procession through all of London during that time and Griffin and gang feel her life could be in great danger along with all those that attend. Will they have enough time to stop the Machinist and his mad plans? Is that his plan? You’ll have to read this fascinating story yourself to find out and I highly recommend you do.

I can't tell you enough how much I enjoyed this book! Obviously the length of my review is one sign :o] but I never thought I'd enjoy steam-punk this much but I loved the way Kady Cross used Victorian London, added steam-punk technology, and a great combination of Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. Kady Cross is one author to watch!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Gorgeous New Cover Lover Happiness!

TITLE: Silence (Hush, Hush Saga-Book 3, Finale)
AUTHOR: Becca Fitzpatrick
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster (Oct. 4, 2011
GENRE: YA PNR (Nephiliam)

The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.

Cover Lover Happiness! Such a Dark, Eerie and yet Oddly Romantic Cover! One that depicts what I think is going to be an amazing finale to the Hush, Hush Saga.

Patch and Nora's romance hasn't been an easy one but at the end of Crescendo, it left most of us wondering if maybe Patch could redeem his past bad-boy behavior and by the looks of this cover, it just might happen.
We shall see!

I read the past two, Hush, Hush and Crescendo and there were times I wanted to kick Nora in the butt and lock Vy in a locker for good-muzzle and all-but the ending of Crescendo once again got me very interested in the saga and my sympathies with Vy and just maybe made me think Patch wasn' such a bad dude after all-Don't get me wrong, he's a badass, no doubt but his treatment of Nora was horrid yet she kept going back for more and putting herself in the most dangerous of situations but if she didn't would the book have been any good? Do I read books so that I can read about 'everyday' life? Nah, not really! So, with that being said:

This is one book that I will most eagerly anticipate and yes, those faery wings are aflutter with faery dust flying everywhere :o]
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