REVIEW: The Knife’s Edge (The Ronin Saga #1) by Matthew Wolf

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TITLE: The Knife’s Edge (The Ronin Saga #1)
AUTHOR: Matthew Wolf
PUBLICATION: Published April 8th 2013 by Matthew Wolf
GENRE: YA > Fantasy
PAGES: 409pages (paperback)
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4 ★★★★

 
 
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When legends come to life the world trembles from a single name. Ronin. Once-heroes from a different age, they wield elemental powers… wind, water, fire, stone, forest, sun, moon, flesh, and metal.
At the same time, a young man discovers his best friend with a sword in her stomach, and dark wings sprouting from her back. Guards rush onto the scene, accuse him of the act, and he is forced to flee.
In a new world without his memories, Gray must find his way amid legends and darkness, as he wrestles with an elemental power inside himself.
A power all too similar to the infamous Ronin…
 
 
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Anyone who knows me will be surprised that I read a book in this genre.. more surprising is that I actually finished it and loved it! With the exception of Sanderson, I tend to avoid epic fantasy books, they’re just not my cup of tea. But The Knife’s Edge really captivated me. Caught my attention and didn’t let it go until the last page.

I won’t rehash everything now because I’m no good at summarizing. But I’m telling you, the twists and turns really took me by surprise which made me love the book more. The whole concept of the book is pretty genius to me. From the moment Gray became Gray (you’ll get this when you read the book) I was instantly hooked.

The characters and the setting is richly written. I was attached to the characters and it wasn’t that hard to read what’s going on with them and to put myself in their shoes. Some of them are even surprisingly funny which just added a great quality to the book.

Overall… I have nothing more to say than I LOVED IT. And maybe READ IT NOW. I cannot wait for more things to happen and to explore more the world that Matthew Wolf created. The Knife’s Edge is such a magical read. It’s brilliantly written and absolutely exceptional. I’m dying for more!!

 

 

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Matthew Wolf is the author of THE RONIN SAGA, a nine part YA Epic Fantasy series.  He also loves cake.  Book two is out now, for sneak peek information on Matt and all things Ronin check out: roninsaga.com. He loves connecting with fans, those whirling blades really speak to his soul.  You can reach Matt atTheRoninSaga@Gmail.com, howl “Ronin” at the moon, or throw up a Wolf Signal in the sky.  All valid forms of communication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TITLE: Lifer
AUTHOR: Beck Nicholas
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: December 16th 2014 by Month9Books
PAGES: 300pages (paperback)
GENRE: YA > Science Fiction
 
 
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Asher is a Lifer, a slave aboard the spaceship Pelican. A member of the lowest rung of society, she must serve the ship’s Officials and Astronauts as punishment for her grandparents’ crimes back on Earth. The one thing that made life bearable was her illicit relationship with Samuai, a Fishie boy, but he died alongside her brother in a freak training accident.
Still grieving for the loss of her loved ones, Asher is summoned to the upper levels to wait on Lady, the head Official’s wife and Samuai’s mother. It is the perfect opportunity to gather intel for the Lifer’s brewing rebellion. There’s just one problem—the last girl who went to the upper levels never came back.
On the other side of the universe, an alien attack has left Earth in shambles and a group called The Company has taken control. Blank wakes up in a pond completely naked and with no memory, not even his real name. So when a hot girl named Megs invites him to a black-market gaming warehouse where winning means information, he doesn’t think twice about playing. But sometimes the past is better left buried.
As Asher and Blank’s worlds collide, the truth comes out—everyone has been lied to. Bourne Identity meets Under the Never Sky in this intergalactic tale of love and deception from debut novelist Beck Nicholas.
 
 
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I don’t even have time to hold my breath. A face appears on the screen. My face, but not the one I saw in the water’s reflection.

This boy looks younger than the one I saw earlier. His hair is longer, the brown strands spiking up at odd angles and his cheeks a little more plump.

He’s not smiling, I guess he’s suffering through the picture, but there’s a carefree shine to his brown eyes.
White-hot envy snakes through my chest. Who was that boy? What happened to me?
The hunger to know engulfs my physical need for sustenance. I search for more on the screen. A name. Something to answer the questions that have been building in my mind. Where the name should be is blank.
“Blank, eh?” says Gan with a smirk.

“Catchy name.”
“It’s the one my dear mother gave me,” I retort.

“It’s been in our family for generations.” I skim the rest of the ID report. I’m seventeen years old and the medical scan pronounces me free of disease.
The last known address is as blank as my name. Only one other field has an entry. Where my credit history should be, there’s only one deposit listed. A large one.

I have no real feel for what the number means, but I’m guessing from the way Gan is looking at me like we’re long lost friends that I can afford a game or two. I act unsurprised.
His hand comes down on my shoulder.

“We print credit sticks here, Blank my friend, but there’s a small fee. And of course I ask no questions.”
Small? He names a figure and I half-heartedly haggle him down, assuming he’s trying to rip me off. His lack of surprise at my lack of information is, in itself, telling.

I clear my throat. “What about the authorities?”
He glances around. “People without a history would be wise not to attract attention.

The people in charge around here don’t take much convincing to match a stranger with a crime, if you know what I mean.” He turns away to deal with another customer.
He might be biased but what he said goes with my gut: I have to find answers myself.

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

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I always wanted to write.  I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.

 

 

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REVIEW: The Boyfriend Backtrack by Dawn Lanuza

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TITLE: The Boyfriend Backtrack
AUTHOR: Dawn Lanuza
PUBLICATION: Published October 3rd 2014
GENRE: A/NA > Romance
PAGES: 154pages (kindle edition)
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4 ★★★★

 
 
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If they say that life flashes right before your eyes when you die, do you also get a flashback of your exes when your perfect boyfriend is proposing to you? At least that’s the case for Regina Cortez. There’s her dramatic high school boyfriend, her first college crush, the irresistible heart breaker, and the ever elusive one. By backtracking to her past, will Regina make it to ‘I Do’? Or will she just keep running away?
 
 
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Ahh. Ex-Boyfriends. It can be..

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But the most important thing is..

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Regina just got engaged! But instead of that happy feeling that most women usually gets, a strange thing happened to her during the proposal. All of her ex boyfriend’s faces flashed through her. And with the help of her bestfriends and fate.. she was convinced that she has some past issues to deal with to be able to move forward.

First of all, I love this concept. I’ve been looking for a book like this since forever. I mean, this thing can happen you know. What if.. your ex boyfriendsss haunts you the day you’re about to get married? Or in Regina’s case, when your current boyfriend just proposed to you.

Some of Regina’s ex boyfriend’s are kind of a jerk.. which make them so real. So authentic. I swear, I’ve met them before! They can be your ex boyfriend for all I know. The point is, Dawn Lanuza’s characters are well developed and absolutely relatable. Made the book more plausible.

The banters between Regina and her bestfriends are hilarious. It makes me miss mine. *sniff sniff* ANYWAY, I was entertained by their teasing and touched by how they stand with each other. Throughout the book I felt like I was just with them.
I guess my only complain is how I feel like the ending was kind of.. rushed. I’m happy to what happened in the end. But I was honestly deprived too. I want more moments of Regina and.. the swoon worthy guy.

But overall, I love everything about The Boyfriend Backtrack. The songs, the girls cuteness scale, Regina’s witty comebacks.. I adore this book so much. Everybody should read a book like this once in a while. Its not that heavy, but not that light either that you’ll get that MEH feeling. Its a mix of both. The Boyfriend Backtrack is a light read that deals with heavy topics about relationships.

 

 

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EXCERPT AND REVIEW: (Never) Again & (Once) Again by Theresa Paolo

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TITLE: (Never) Again (Again #1)
AUTHOR: Theresa Paolo
PUBLICATION: Published October 15th 2013 by Berkley Penguin Group (USA)
GENRE: NA > Romance
PAGES: 211pages (ebook)

 

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Just when she had finally moved on…
…He moved back.
When college freshman Liz Wagner hears her ex’s voice for the first time since he moved clear across the freaking country, she does what any respectable girl would do: Dive into the girls’ bathroom.
Zach Roberts—the Zach Roberts—is back. And he’s everywhere Liz looks—infiltrating her friend group, buddy-buddy with her brother. It’s enough to ruin college altogether. But what choice does she have but to put on a happy face and pretend he didn’t leave her vulnerable and alone in a pile of emotional wreckage?
Pretending works, until tragedy strikes and the only person available for comfort is the one person she wants to stay away from. When Zach turns out not to be the jerk she convinced herself he was, but the boy she used to love, Liz needs to decide whether to open her heart again to the boy who tore it out.

 

 

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TITLE: (Once) Again (Again #2)
AUTHOR: Theresa Paolo
PUBLICATION: Published June 17th 2014 by InterMix – Berkely Penguin Group USA
GENRE: NA > Romance
PAGES: 217pages (ebook)
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Josh will have to reconcile his past…
In order to make Kat his future.
After surviving a real-life nightmare, Josh Wagner is sent home from his dream college on crutches. Bedridden and tormented by flashbacks, he’s just seen his world shattered and his baseball scholarship go up in smoke. Josh’s family hires a health aide to help take care of him, but when he opens the door, the last person he expects to see is his biggest regret…
Katherine Singleton is the only girl Josh has ever loved. Now, even though she’s only taking care of him because it’s her job, Josh is determined to win her back. But Kat had to move on after their breakup two years ago, and despite her feelings for Josh, a lot has happened since he left…
When Kat’s past comes back to haunt her, Josh decides it’s his turn to take care of her. But protecting her—and redeeming himself—will put Josh in the line of fire again. Will he survive this time?

 

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I tried to hold my head up and give him a dirty look, but it felt like it weighed nine
hundred pounds and I wasn’t strong enough.

Zach’s hand cupped my face, holding it up so I looked into those dark, beautiful eyes
of his. Warmth spread across my cheeks, seeping into the rest of my body.

Hepushed my hair out of my face, tucking it behind my ears. I wanted to be mad, but I didn’t have the energy to care.

“You’re a mess.” His lips turned into the smirk I dreamed about for months after he
stopped calling.

“What happened to my Lizzie?”

“You left her,” I managed to get out before my eyelids became too heavy and I
drifted off to sleep.

 

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I absolutely loved Josh. He’s funny, kind of a douche sometimes BUT super sweet. A total Alpha guy. I guess what makes him different from the heroes of this genre is that HE ACTUALLY CARES. Genuinely so. 

Love Kat’s character too. I can really relate to her because her living situation is pretty much the same as mine. So her struggles are not that new to me and I can identify with her. 

Once again is not just a love story that’s why I gave it a go. It deals with trauma and there’s a lot of character development that happened that I think a lot of readers can relate to.

 

 

 

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Theresa Paolo lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, released in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin). (ONCE) AGAIN will release this summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series, under her pen name Tessa Marie. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

GUEST POST: Winter Falls (Twin Willows Trilogy #1) by Nicole Maggi

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TITLE: Winter Falls (Twin Willows Trilogy #1)
AUTHOR: Nicole Maggi
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: December 22nd 2014 by Medallion Press
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Paranormal
PAGES: 400pages (paperback)
 
 

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Alessia Jacobs is a typical sixteen-year-old, dying to get out of her small Maine town. Things look up when a new family comes to town. But as she begins to fall for the hot, mysterious son, Jonah, her life turns upside down.
Weird visions of transforming into an otherworldly falcon are just the beginning. Soon she learns she’s part of the Benandanti, an ancient cult of warriors with the unique power to separate their souls from their bodies and take on the forms of magnificent animals.
Alessia never would’ve suspected it, but her boring town is the site of an epic struggle between the Benandanti and the Malandanti to control powerful magic in the surrounding forest.
As Alessia is drawn into the Benandanti’s mission, her relationship with Jonah intensifies. Suddenly forced to weigh choices a sixteen-year-old should never have to make, Alessia witnesses two worlds colliding with devastating consequences.
 
 
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WINTER FALLS began as a historical novel. When I first started writing novels, I wrote historical fiction. My first novel was a female Huck Finn that was set on the Lewis & Clark expedition. It was good enough to get me my agent, but it didn’t sell. Then I started on a novel set on Nantucket in the 1830’s. But at a conference with my agent, all the editors said the same thing: American historical fiction wasn’t selling at that time. “Write about Europe,” my agent advised me. So I set the Nantucket book aside (someday I’ll return to it!) and started doing some research. One day I fell down the rabbit hole that is Wikipedia and landed on the page for European witch hunts. There was a little footnote for something called the Benandanti on that page. I clicked on it…

I was immediately fascinated with the myth of the Benandanti. That you had to be born into it, that although the Roman Inquisition investigated them for over a hundred years, no one was ever convicted, and mostly that the transcripts from all those Inquisition trials still exist. Pages and pages of real, ordinary people claiming to do this extraordinary thing. I knew instantly that this was my next book.
But when I first started writing the book, it was a historical novel set in 16th century Italy. Several months into writing it, I got terribly stuck. I had the whole thing plotted out, but I was bored. It’s NEVER a good sign when you’re bored by your own writing. I couldn’t figure out how to un-stick myself. Then one weekend, my husband and I were away and having dinner at the fantastical steakhouse at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. For anyone who’s never heard of the Madonna Inn, it’s this fabulously kitschy hotel with themed rooms. The steakhouse has pink leather banquettes and gold Rococo cherubs hanging over your head while you eat. So there we were, dining beneath fat naked cherubs, and my husband asks me, “What’s wrong with you? Why can’t you write this book?” And I answered, “I don’t know.” Then I blurted out, “Maybe it doesn’t need to be set in the 16th century.”
Well.

For someone who identified themselves as a historical novelist, this was a pretty radical idea. But when we got back from that weekend, I sat down, opened up a blank document, and started writing the book set in the here and now. Within an hour I had five pages. Within four months I had a complete first draft.
I’d love to return to writing historicals someday, but for now I’m pretty happy writing urban fantasies and thrillers (my upcoming Sourcebooks novels are thrillers). And I’m very grateful to those cheeky little cherubs for helping me onto the path to WINTER FALLS.

 

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Nicole was born in the suburbs of upstate New York, and began writing poems about unicorns and rainbows at a very early age.  She detoured into acting, earned a BFA from Emerson College, and moved to NYC where she performed in lots of off-off-off-Broadway Shakespeare.  After a decade of schlepping groceries on the subway, she and her husband hightailed it to sunny Los Angeles, where they now reside, surrounded by fruit trees, with their young daughter and two oddball cats.  Her TWIN WILLOW TRILOGY launches this December from Medallion Press; the first book is WINTER FALLS.  Her standalone YA thriller THE FORGETTING will be released in February 2015 from SourceBooks Fire.
 

 

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