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TITLE: Fragile Reign (Mortal Enchantment #3)
AUTHOR: Stacey O’Neale
PUBLICATION: Published November 25th 2014 by Phoenix Reign Publishing
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Paranormal
PAGES: 308pages (Kindle Edition)
 

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It’s been a week since all hell broke loose…
Rumors of King Taron’s weakened powers have left the air court vulnerable. Kalin is desperate to awaken her akasha powers, except she doesn’t know how. Tension within the court is at an all-time high. Pressure is mounting for her to ascend to the throne, but a halfling has never ruled over any court. To solidify her position, the council has advised her to marry Sebastian—a high ranking air elemental she’s never met and her betrothed.
Will Kalin sacrifice her relationship with Rowan to strengthen her court?
Rowan and Marcus return to a fire court in turmoil. Liana’s death has fueled the fire elementals’ distrust against the air and woodland courts. The unbalanced elements have set off natural disasters all over the mortal world. Rowan takes the throne to restore balance, promising to unite the fire court. But not all elementals are happy with his leadership. Many are secretly loyal to Valac, which means Rowan needs to find allies for his cause.
Can Rowan unify the court of fire before the elements destroy the world?
 
 
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Stacey O’Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she’s not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.

Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.

 

 

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REVIEW: Burn Baby, Burn Baby by Kevin Craig

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AUTHOR: Kevin Craig
PUBLICATION: Published December 11th 2014 by Curiosity Quills Press
GENRE: YA > Realistic Fiction
PAGES: 237pages (ebook)
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4 ★★★★

 
 
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Seventeen-year-old Francis Fripp’s confidence is practically non-existent since his abusive father drenched him in accelerant and threw a match at him eight years ago. Now badly scarred, Francis relies on his best friend Trig to protect him from the constant bullying doled out at the hands of his nemesis, Brandon Hayley—the unrelenting boy who gave him the dreaded nickname of Burn Baby.
The new girl at school, Rachel Higgins, is the first to see past Francis’s pariah-inducing scars. If Brandon’s bullying doesn’t destroy him, Francis might experience life as a normal teenager for the first time in his life. He just has to avoid Brandon and convince himself he’s worthy of Rachel’s attentions. Sounds easy enough, but Francis himself has a hard time seeing past his scars. And Brandon is getting violently frustrated, as his attempts to bully Francis are constantly thwarted. Francis is in turmoil as he simultaneously rushes toward his first kiss and a possible violent end.
 
 
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“A life cannot be compromised of just one of these things. You need elements of everything for a life to truly work, to be truly worthwhile.”

This book blew me away. Blew. Me. Away. The fact that this book is a bit shorter than the usual books I read make this book more phenomenal. I have no idea that Burn Baby, Burn Baby will have a huge impact on me.  I admit I am fond of books that deals with Bullying but I have read so many that it kind of hard to read something that truly stands out and that really awed me.

Until this one.

Kevin Craig is such an excellent author. His words are just so simple but very skin seeping. With every page that I turn I just did nothing but absorb it and feel it and just… experience it. The main protagonist, Francis is very likeable and his monologue is really enjoyable. His funny and his point of view felt very real.

See, Francis has a disability. The side of his face is burnt. A burnt that his father did to him. Now, I think I’m not the only one who is aware that once we encounter a person with a figure like that, we can’t keep ourselves from doing a double take. Some even stares.

“You know the car wreck you don’t want to look at, but can’t help yourself from staring at? Well, I’m kind of like that car wreck in human form.”

But Francis can take the stares, he’s used to it. But there’s this one kid in his school that keeps bullying him and he FINALLY learned how to say STOP and ENOUGH when Rachel walked into his life. And of course, with the help of his best friend, Trig.

One aspect that I really adores here is the best friend relationship of Trig and France. Oh my goodness, I ACTUALLY ENVY IT. I want a best friend like Trig too.

There is nothing more to say than READ IT. READ IT NOW PLEASE YOU’LL LOVE IT. I admit that I am ALWAYS having a hard time writing a review when I LOVED a book so much. IS IT JUST ME? Anyway, Burn Baby, Burn Baby is a stellar book! A book that should be out more and to be read by many. I cannot wait to read more of Kevin Carig’s work.

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

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Kevin is the author of three published novels: Summer on Fire (MuseItUp Publishing, 2011),Sebastian’s Poet (Musa Publishing, 2012), and The Reasons (Musa Publishing, 2013). Kevin has two books being published in 2014. Both HALF DEAD AND FULLY BROKEN and BURN BABY, BURN BABY will be released in the Fall of 2014. Publisher for both books is CURIOSITY QUILLS.

Kevin is a 4-time winner of the Muskoka Novel Marathon’s Best Novel Award. He is also a passionate and accomplished playwright. He’s had five comedic plays produced. Kevin is a founding member on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Writers’ Conference. In 2013, they celebrate their 5th conference.

 

 

ARC REVIEW: Beautiful Curse by Jen McConel

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TITLE: Beautiful Curse
AUTHOR: Jen McConel
PUBLICATION: Published December 2014 by Swoon Romance
GENRE: YA > Retelling
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3 ★★★1/2

 
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Sixteen-year-old Mya Jones is cursed.
She is, hands down, the most beautiful creature on earth. But beauty can wound, and Mya finds herself reviled and shunned by her peers. If there is even a chance that she could start over, Mya longs to take it, no matter the risks.
So when the strange Mr. Merk offers her a new life away from home, Mya is hesitant but hopeful. Only she didn’t count on the mysterious Ross, or her feelings for him.
BEAUTIFUL CURSE is a contemporary retelling of the myth of Psyche and Cupid.
“Beautiful Curse is the perfect balance of mysterious and romantic. You’ll swoon over this imaginative retelling of Cupid and Psyche.” – Robin Constantine, author of THE PROMISE OF AMAZING
“A fun and fresh twist on a well-loved story! The Cupid and Psyche romance is my favorite myth and McConnel’s whimsical take did not disappoint. An absolute delight, I loved every moment of this love story and instantly wanted more.” – Rachel Harris, author of THE FINE ART OF PRETENDING
 
 
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“Pretty things are not always useless”

Mya just magically turned beautiful by night. Really beautiful. To the point that her beauty drove her friends and even her mother away. But that’s just the start of the weird things that happened in Mya’s life. Because in one night, she was whisked away by a mysterious man and left her in an isolated mansion. But there she met Ross, a man who talks to her a lot but the problem is.. she still haven’t seen him. Is a voice enough to love someone?

I have always loved the story of Cupid and Psyche. I actually love it more than Romeo and Juliet which some people claims to be the best romantic play/story ever. I know, I know.. they are both different but I just cant help but compare the two love tales.

I loved Cupid and Psyche because its all about trust which is one of the most important thing in loving someone.

I really enjoyed how the author created this story by molding it from its original tale and adding some interesting twist into it. This is like the untold and extended version of the classic love tale. If you’re wondering what did Psyche do or what actually happened while Psyche was taken away from her family, I recommend this book to you.

The best thing about this book is that even though you are not familiar with the story of Psyche and Cupid, you would still enjoy it all. Mya is not a hard character to connect to. You will feel with her. All her frustrations, and questions, you will relate to as a reader. The way she get to know Ross was interesting and really touching because I really put myself in Mya’s shoes.

Imagine getting to know someone just by their voice. It takes a huge amount of trust and a big room for imagination to not go insane especially if you’re like Mya who is not prone to magical things.. or creatures.

Beautiful Curse is more than just a love story. It was provocative and it will really leave you thinking. Jen’s writing is lovely and I love how she weaved the whole story.

 

 

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Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including Sagewoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people’s choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”).

 

She is also a former reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and proud member of SCBWINCWN, and SCWW.

A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she also holds a MS in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. When she isn’t crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches college writing composition and yoga.
Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.

 

 

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SNEAK-A-PEEK: Hotwire (Christy #2) by Cindy M. Hogan

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TITLE: Hotwire (Christy #2)
AUTHOR: Cindy M. Hogan
PUBLICATION: Published October 20th 2014 by O’neal Publishing
GENRE: YA > Thriller | Mystery
PAGES: 335pages (paperback)
 
 
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Division spy Christy Hadden can’t wait for her latest assignment posing as a student at a prestigious New York City academy and car thief extraordinaire.
The best part of the mission is her attractive handler, Jeremy, and her new team. The worst part? The sociopath masquerading as the academy’s most popular guy.
But soon she realizes the car thieves are much more than they seem. Her simple spying mission becomes more dangerous than anyone imagined. If the organization discovers her true identity, they won’t hesitate to kill her, and if she fails, others will suffer the same fate.
Young Adults, teens and adults will love this exciting suspenseful adventure with a dash of romance. You won’t want to put it down.
 
 
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“Shhh!” he whispered, pulling me close to him. I could feel his heart pound against my chest and his shallow breath on my neck. Heat permeated through me.
 
Once I gained my senses, I said, “Sorry, this spot is already taken.” I had to get into the mansion, alone.
 
He pulled back and looked at me. “I thought you were vacating it.”
 
My face reddened. “I had already chosen this spot, but realized I needed to use the bathroom, so I was going to try to make it inside and back in time for a sneak win. Seriously, the guy is so far from the can, anyone could beat him there.”
 
“You think you can beat Austin until you find out how fast he is. He’s the wide receiver for a rec football team. They nicknamed him Wind.”
 
I totally wanted to take him up on the implied challenge, the competitive part of me burning to win, but I knew it would make it more difficult for me to complete my mission tonight. I had to stick with the bathroom excuse.
 
I looked him straight in the eye and said, “Maybe I’ll give him a run for his money when I get back.”
 
His firm grip on me relaxed. I crouched down, and he followed suit.
 
“Cross your fingers for me.”
 
“Maybe I should go with you,” he said.
 
“How embarrassing would that be? No, just wait here. When you see me next, I’ll be kicking the can in victory.”
 
He let go. I turned, and after checking the area again, I slunk up next to the house, slid along the exterior stones and through the door. I kept it slightly ajar and moved quickly to the west wing and up the stairs, not running into a soul.
I could hear clanging of dishes and muted voices coming from the dining hall as I passed, but I thought it interesting that no one stood guard anywhere like earlier. A place like this called for security guards, didn’t it? That’s when I realized I must be on camera.

 

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Cindy M. Hogan graduated with a BA in education and is inspired by the unpredictable teenagers she teaches. More than anything she loves the time she has with her own teenage daughters and wishes she could freeze them at this fun age. If she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her snuggled up with the love of her life watching a great movie or planning their next party. Most of all, she loves to laugh.

She is the bestselling and award winning author of the Watched trilogy, a YA suspense series with a dash of romance. She has since branched off to write a mystery, Gravediggers, that won Best YA novel of 2013, a contemporary romance, Confessions of a 16-Year-Old Virgin Lips,  and two in a spy series, Adrenaline Rush and  Hotwire.

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW: Minstrel’s Serenade by Aubrie Dionne

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TITLE: Minstrel’s Serenade (Chronicles of Ebonvale #1)
AUTHOR: Aubrie Dionne
PUBLICATION: Published July 21st 2014 by Lyrical Press
GENRE: YA/NA > Fantasy
PAGES: 257pages (kindle edition)
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3 ★★★

 
 
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He’s sworn to protect her, but can he save her from himself?
Danika Rubystone has hated the minstrels ever since her mother ran away with one. As Princess, she’s duty bound to marry Valorian, a minstrel from the House of Song. But problems in the kingdom are mounting. With her father dead she’s the sole heir to an imperiled throne, and wyverns attack Ebonvale’s southern shores. But after Danika finds a lone survivor of a wyvern’s attack who holds the key to protecting the kingdom and she finally meets the enchantingly sly Valorian, everything changes.
As Ebonvale’s Royal Guard sails with the minstrels to smite the uprising of wyverns, Danika dances a line between sticking by duty like her father, or following her wild heart like her mother.
 
 
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For someone who is not a big Fantasy fan, I really enjoyed this one. Me reading a book like this is rare. But Minstrels Serenade really caught my attention so I decided to get out of my comfort zone for this one. Though I had some problems along the way, overall, I was really not disappointed and my Epic Fantasy thirst is satisfied.

Dionne’s world building in this novel is superb. I feel like I was just with the characters through out the novel.  Her characters are brilliant as well. Danika is a smart and intellectual heroine and I love how she acts and thinks. The way she responds to the situations that is happening in her kingdom and in her heart are just right but at the same time, she’s also flawed. Which makes her a good character… and a good queen.

One thing that really stood up for me in this novel is that.. it’s never predictable. I keep turning the pages AND guessing what’s going to happen next. 

The love interest needs a little more work, in my opinion. I just don’t like when guy is not that open ti his feelings. Or when he’s saying something BUT it feels NOT genuine. 

There was a love triangle and I REALLY ENJOYED it. I know, what a surprise. Maybe it has something to do with a fact that the guy that I was rooting for gets the girl! Yes, even though I don’t feel his genuineness sometimes, I still rooted for him.

Overall, Minstrel’s Serenade is a good start in a series. I enjoyed it and I feel like I really experienced it.

 

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

Aubrie Dionne

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Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. She has guest blogged on the USA Today Happily Ever After Blog and the Dear Teen Me blog and signed books at the Boston Book Festival, Barnes and Noble, and the Romance Writers of America conference. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Publishing, Inkspell Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. When she’s not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.

 

 

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