Embrace by Cherie Colyer

Embrace

                                 Embrace

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Sometimes you end up hurting the ones you love.
You find you can't save them or yourself.


Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve.

Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him.

Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own.

Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.
Dangerous, intoxicating, and darkly romantic, Embrace is a thriller that will leave you spellbound.
 
Published December 20th 2011 by Omnific Publishing (first published December 18th 2011) 
 
 
 
 
 (MY THOUGHTS)       5  HEARTS!!!!!
Embrace definitely embraced me with the most captivating, magical storyline, terrific characters, and a dreamy romance. Cherie Colyer has her own gift of magic when it comes to writing a fantastic novel. Colyer pulled me right into this world of magic and bewitching romance, and I could not put this book down.

Madison's life is about to change, and there's nothing she can do about it. The last time Madison's life changed was six months ago, when her boyfriend of two years broke up with her. So when her girlfriend, Kaylee, tells her she has a surprise that's going to change her life again, Madison wants nothing to do with it. But when she meets the hot new guy, Madison starts to feel like maybe this change is going to be good one. There's mystery around Isaac, and the magic, magnetic pull Madison feels with Isaac, is tugging her into a spellbinding world where she’s not so sure she can trust her heart.

I really do love the way Cherie Colyer created Isaac with overflowing charisma. Isaac is just classy and swoon-worthy, and he made the magic for me in this romance. Madison is one tough girl who is willing to kick anybody's butt who messes with the people she loves, especially when it’s the people she loves.

Embrace is an enthralling story of good witch, bad witch, with a magical romance. I recommend Embrace as an enchanting read.

 

The Keeper by Natalie Star

                               The Keeper

                                                                       by

Blurb:

The morning of her sixteenth birthday, Billie feels blessed despite the reoccurring nightmare that wakes her. Loving parents, a caring boyfriend, and great friends surround her until an heirloom necklace throws her into a world she never imagined.

“Gifted” with supernatural powers and an unexpected destiny as the Keeper, Billie and a mysterious boy from her past must work together to find answers. But, as they begin to discover feelings for one another, he disappears leaving her to fight evil alone. Her life spirals out of control. She breaks up with her boyfriend, Tony, and alienates her best friends Arianna and Jocelyn to protect them from the truth.

As dark forces pursue her, Billie longs to run away from it all, yet a need to do what’s right compels her to face the future as the keeper of more than her own fortune.
Kindle Edition
Published (first published January 3rd 2012) 
 
 
 
 (MY THOUGHTS)       4  HEARTS!!!!
The Keeper is no doubt an intriguing and complex novel. With this storyline, the main character starts out at sixteen, and goes through several years of her life. So a lot of the book is telling me the story instead of showing me, and I can understand why Natalie Star had to do this. When you put this many years of a character’s life in a novel, you have to do this, but with this storyline being such an amazing one, I would’ve really liked to have seen this novel done in a series instead of one book. I feel like a lot of the story wouldn't have been contradicting itself if it had been. Now with that being said, I don't want you to think I didn't enjoy The Keeper, because I did. It’s just that I love to be shown a story. Natalie Star’s writing is fun. She puts a lot of humor with the drama and romance. Natalie Star has definitely got her own fantastic storyline with Protectors, Watchers, and Keepers, along with Doppelgangers and The Dark, who govern the body of evil. I also think with the youthful feel and voice of the story, younger teens (13 to 16) will fall in love with this story and the characters. I want to give Natalie Star praise for the way she shows her main character growing from a smart mouthed girl who belittles people, to a very caring young woman who respects people for who they are. This I really enjoyed.

Billie has just turned sixteen, and this birthday is going to change her life forever. Billie's plan was just to be a normal teenager enjoying going to school with her girlfriends and being with her boyfriend, Tony. And then off to college. But when she turns sixteen and Tyler, the Freak boy in her class, tells her of a different destiny for her life, and that he's there to help her discover the meaning of her destiny as Keeper, everything changes. Billie and Tyler’s love for each other went through several years of them trying to be together as she’s destined to be with another.

The Keeper has a fantastic storyline which I would have loved to seen put into a series where it could have reached the depth I feel like it needed. But that's also my feeling as one reader who loves to be shown a story. Natalie Star has amazing, creative mind, and the characters are well-developed and I enjoyed each of them. I recommend The Keeper as an eerie and cute read.

 

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Wanderlove

                     Wanderlove

                                               by

It all begins with a stupid question:

Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.

Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they've got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.

But Bria comes to realize she can't run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.

Kirsten Hubbard lends her artistry into this ultimate backpacker novel, weaving her drawings into the text. Her career as a travel writer and her experiences as a real-life vagabond backpacking Central America are deeply seeded in this inspiring story.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: March 13th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers



 (MY THOUGHTS)         5  HEARTS!!!!!
 Wanderlove is an irresistible, beautiful love story. I really would like to thank Kirsten Hubbard for sharing a part of her life with me. I'm so jealous ( Kirsten Hubbard will know what I mean by this statement) but it's a good jealous. Knowing that Wanderlove came from Hubbard's real life experience made this novel come alive for me, and the love between Bria and Rowan had me wanting to grab a backpack and find my Rowan. Yes, as I said, this is an irresistible and beautiful love story.

Bria is eighteen, and on her way to Central America to reinvent herself. The ex-boyfriend she centered her life and future around, has just taken it all away. Bria decides it’s time for a I-don't-care-attitude, cut loose have some fun, love only when its meaningless, frame of mind. When Bria gets to Central America, she meets Starling and Rowan. So she trades in her middle age wannabe vagabond for the real backpackers’ experience with bad boy Rowan. Bria is definitely going get a real experience, and it comes in a love wandering Rowan.

Rowan is a backpacking bad-boy with a pass, and he’s going to teach Bria the real meaning of his vagabond lifestyle. Bria wants Rowan's perpetual anticipation way of life, but what Rowan and Bria will find is the antidote to their wandering hearts.

Wanderlove is a beautiful, melt-your-heart romance. It's also about trusting, respecting, and learning to be true to who you really know you are—to love yourself first. I recommend Wanderlove as a love story adventure must read.




GIVEAWAY WINNER ANNOUNCED! Destiny's Fire by Trisha Wolfe Signed Copy and Swag


 WINNER OF THE DESTINY'S FIRE BY TRISHA     WOLFE ANNOUNCED!!

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Omnific Publishing 

It’s the year 2040, and sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind—part of a nearly extinct race of shape-shifters descended from guardians to the Egyptian pharaohs. Her home and her secret are threatened when the Council lowers the barrier, allowing the enemy race to enter the Shythe haven.

As the Narcolym airships approach, Dez and her friends rebel against their Council and secretly train for battle. Not only is Dez wary of war and her growing affection for her best friend Jace, but she fears the change her birthday will bring. When Dez’s newfound power rockets out of control, it’s a Narcolym who could change her fate… if she can trust him.

Dez’s guarded world crumbles when she discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, and she's forced to choose between the race who raised her and the enemy she's feared her whole life. 

Prize: 1 signed copy of Destiny's Fire and swag pack, which includes: 1 signed bookplate, 2 bookmarks, 1 temp Kythan tattoo, and 1 DF magnet!  

The Haunted (MacKinnon Curse #2) by J.A. Templeton


         The Haunted (MacKinnon Curse #2)

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After battling a malevolent ghost that held the spirit of her friend Ian MacKinnon bound to the land for two hundred years, sixteen-year-old reluctant psychic, Riley Williams, felt as if she was finally easing into her new life in Scotland.

Or so she thought.

Laria, the spirit of the witch who had cursed Ian wants revenge for Riley’s interference and she’s bringing along friends—dark entities who thrive on evil.

The one bright spot in Riley’s world is Ian’s descendent, Kade MacKinnon, who could easily be Ian’s modern day twin. The parallels between the two guys are undeniable. As Riley’s relationship with Kade blossoms, she begins to realize Laria has grown in her power since their last confrontation—a power that could very well manipulate the living just as effectively as the dead.

Please note: THE HAUNTED is a mature YA. Due to strong language, mention of alcohol and drug use, cutting, and sexual content, it is not recommended for younger teens.
 
ebook, 1st Edition
Published January 8th 2012 by Julia Templeton
 
 
 
 
 (MY THOUGHTS)    5 HEARTS!!!!!
 I love the MacKinnon Curse series by J.A. Templeton. Templeton, in her first book The Deepest Cut, had my heart pleading for Riley and Ian’s love that could never be, and left me with a broken heart. But with The Haunted, Templeton pieces it back together, but not without tears and eerie chills. Riley is an awesome character. She has faced so much heart break and pain in her sixteen years, but she’s not a quitter. I love that about Riley—her strong-will to keep fighting for her family and the love she thought she could never have, but most of all, for herself. J.A. Templeton is an amazingly talented writer. She has given me the most intriguing, heart-felt story with a beautiful love that is forever.

Riley thought she had gotten rid of Laria after breaking her curse that held Ian earthbound, but that was just the beginning for Riley. With the MacKinnon curse, Riley will fight more than just Laria. Riley is fighting for her life and everybody she loves this time. With Ian gone, Riley is alone now to face the evil spirit Laria, but when Riley meets Kade, who is a descendent of Ian’s, she starts to feel that maybe Ian hasn't left her alone in this curse, after all.

Kade was everything I was hoping for up until the party. Right along with Riley's heart, mine was ripped to shreds. I thought J.A Templeton ripped my heart right out of me with Ian, but what she has happen with Kade and Riley is like pouring salt into an open wound. Dang! (not my first choice word I wanted to use here to express my feeling lol) This was painful to read, but J.A. definitely puts heartache in her storylines and this is what I love about her novels.

I’m also glad that The Haunted was a mature YA. For me, I love where the new YA is going. It’s just more believable with the teens of today and I can't wait until spring for the third book, The Departed, in the MacKinnon Curse. I highly recommend The Haunted as a chilling and heart-melting romance must read.

 
 
 

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by R.L. LaFevers





           Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1)

                                                                      by

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?
Hardcover, 560 pages
Expected publication: April 3rd 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


 (MY THOUGHTS)   5 HEARTS!!!!!
The first thing I want to say about Grave Mercy is, when you start to read this totally awesome story, you should go to your favorite, cozy place where you love to curl up with a novel. You want to take the time to enjoy this book and just get lost in the fantasy of Grave Mercy. R.L. LaFevers took me into the most incredible historical fantasy world with Ismae and Duval's beautiful romance that will be a part of my heart forever.

Ismae is Death's daughter, and at the age of seventeen, the man who has raised her yet hated her, sold her into marriage, but she escaped with the help of a herbwitch. And she takes Ismae to St.Mortain convent. At St.Mortain, the reverend mother and the nuns train Ismae to be an assassin using weapons, poisons, and seductiveness in order to be a handmaiden of death. Ismae is more than willing to be her father's daughter and do his will, but she will never submit under a another man's hand again. When Ismae is assigned by the reverend mother to go with Duval to protect the duchess of Brittany, she'll either trust her heart or her training.

Grave Mercy has an amazing storyline. I love the character, Ismae, for trusting to her own heart and standing up for what she believes in. And Duval, for being a strong, loving and an unselfish man. There's also Beast, DeLornay, Sybella, and Annith, and I hope I'm right about the next book in this series which I think we’ll see more of Beast and Sybella. I highly recommend Grave Mercy as a must, must read.

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Graffiti Moon


                             Graffiti Moon

                                                                     by

Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she's going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He's out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy's stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she's managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they're suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can't see is the one thing that's right before her eyes.

Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: February 14th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers



 (MY THOUGHTS)        5 HEARTS!!!!!
 I love this book! Graffiti Moon is the first book I’ve read about Australian teenagers, but they’re no different from any other of today's teens, except their slang, which I loved. I thank you, Cath Crowley, for this amazing story of these six teenagers on their last night of their twelfth year, and for the word "wanker". Yes I know what it means, but I still love the way it sounds. Crowley has written a beautiful and funny story, with very serious time-to-grow-up moments for three of these six teens. Graffiti Moon is told from Lucy and Ed's (Shadow) POV, which makes this story prefect to see what's going on in their heads. This is a fantastic story with these teens' last night of high school. The only thing that would make this story more fantastic would be if Cath Crowley writes a second book continuing the story of Lucy and Ed going on with their plans of art school, and the love that started with these two. I would love more Cath Crowley’s awesome writing.

Lucy is determined to meet Shadow, the graffiti artist who paints on the city walls. In her mind, this is the perfect guy and the love of her life. The last boy Lucy dated was in her year ten of school, who she thought  was her Mr. Right until he grabs her arse and she in returns breaks his nose on their first date. So Lucy is on a mission to find Shadow on this last night before she’s off to start college. She meets up with her two best friends, Jezz and Daisy, at the coffee shop. Jezz has plans for this last night, too, and it’s to hook-up with the next guy who walks into the coffee shop. And next guy who walks in is Leo, but he’s not alone. Ed and Dylan are with him. This is where the fun begins with these six teens on their celebration night of year twelve.

Graffiti Moon is hilarious, but it’s also very serious with teens making the right choices and with sweet, loving romance. The kind of romance that all us girls dream about having with a guy and not ending up with a wanker (just had to use that word again lol) I highly recommend Graffiti Moon as an awesome read.


The Fairy Letters (Frost #3.5) by Kailin Gow

The Fairy Letters (Frost Series Novella)

                The Fairy Letters (Frost #3.5)

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A series of letter from the Winter Prince Kian of Feyland to the Summer Queen Breena during the time of their separation. Their love was forbidden as Winter and Summer Fey are at war with each other. Promised to each other at birth during a brief interlude of peace between the warring fey, Kian and Breena have always known they were each other's destinies. Now grown they are now the brokers of peace. In order to broker peace between Winter and Summer Fey, however, Kian and Breena must sacrifice their love. But in doing so, they made a promise to each other. A promise Kian thought would never be broken. But it was... Meanwhile, sharing a similar fate in love is Kian's sister Princess Shasta and her Summer Knight love Rodney....but her ways are different from her brother Kian's.
 
Paperback, 164 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by theEDGEbooks.com
 
 
 
(MY THOUGHTS)      5  HEARTS!!!!!
 The Fairy Letters is what I’ve been waiting for in the Frost series. Kailin Gow has answered all my questions and given me so much more than I expected with Kian's letters to Breena. Kailin Gow is an awesome writer and storyteller. The Fairy Letters gives tremendous insight to how it all began with Breena and Kian’s forbidden love when they were children, and the whole fairy history of Winter and Summer Court, plus how the bond between Breena's mother, Raine, and Kian's mother, the Winter Queen, started, and Kian's father’s death. Also Breena's father’s love for Raine, the Pixies, Realeaf’s hatred for Raine, Shasta and Rodney’s love for each other. I can't put everything into this review, but Kailin Gow leaves nothing unanswered, and give all the backstory to all the characters. What I loved most is finally seeing Kian's feelings and what he was going through during the time he and Breena were separated, when Kain gets the news that Breena and Logan are to be marry. This broke my heart. Kian the, Winter Prince, who never shows his feelings or emotions to expose his broken heart and eternal love for Breena, ripped my heart to pieces. The only thing that saved me here was I had read the next book Frost Kisses.

The Fairy Letters is a great addition in the Frost series that you don't want to miss out on. Kian's letters to Breena gives deep insight that I have been waiting for, and Kailin Gow has done an excellent job of bringing the history of all these characters in the Frost series to light. I highly recommend The Fairy Letters a must read
 
 
 
 

Tempus (Tempus #1) by Tyra Lynn

Tempus

                       Tempus (Tempus #1)

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According to Albert Einstein, the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. He might have been right.

Seventeen-year-old Jessie McLeod is used to getting glimpses of the past when she touches objects in her dads antique shop, but she's not used to the past looking back. Especially when the past is a gorgeous guy and she is dressed like a slob.

Shocked and intrigued, Jessie becomes obsessed with trying to catch another glimpse of that perfect face. When thoughts of him invade her sleep, the dreams seem so real that she wakes with the feel of his lips lingering on her skin. Soon after, however, the one guy she thought she’d never date suddenly asks her out. Either something strange is going on, or all those years of using furniture cleaner finally caused brain damage.

Brain damage is easy enough to believe—until the day she turns around and looks straight into the face from her dreams. Completely unaware, Jessie is now in a race against time to remember something important, something life-changing, and the one person who can tell her the truth doesn’t dare to—she must remember on her own.

With only a week before senior year, the once self-assured Jessie is now sure of nothing. Well, maybe one thing. Everything’s been turned upside down, and it's all because of that stupid mirror she found in the shop on Monday and the glimpse that changed her future—maybe even her past.
 
Kindle Edition
Published May 17th 2011 
 
 
 
(MY THOUGHTS)      5  HEARTS!!!!!
 Tempus will melt your heart a thousand times eternity. Tyra Lynn will break your heart a thousand times with this breathtaking love story between Jessie and Gabriel. If you’re wondering about the thousand times thing, they’re Gabriel’s words to Jessie: for you, a thousand times eternity. That's just a little hint to show you the beautiful love between these two. Tyra Lynn has created an intriguing heart-felt love story which shows nothing can separate soul mates—not even time. I also liked the way Tyra Lynn showed Jessie's feeling for Steve. I think most teenage girls have found their self in this situation with a guy, and to me, Lynn wrote this real. I don't find it leading a guy on at all. I felt Jessie was being true to her feelings like any teenage girl trying to figure her feelings out and make the responsible, right choice for her. So I really don't like when others call this “leading a guy on” because it’s not. It’s part of growing up. So thank you, Tyra Lynn for show a teenagers girl's heart for caring about two guy and I also give Tyra Lynn high praise for her awesome writing and storyline.

Jessie is seventeen and it’s her last week of summer before she starts her senior year. Jessie also has visions, or glimpses as she calls them, but only when she touches antiques. And with her father's antique shop she, has a lot of glimpses. When she touches any kind of old object she can see the person who owned it. When Jessie's father buys a nineteenth century full-length-mirror Jessie is going to get more than a glimpse of someone else’s life, she’s going to get her own past, present, and future in the most gorgeous blue-eyed boy she’s ever seen. And he’s looking back at her. Jessie's glimpses turn into deja vu when she walks into her father’s shop and meets the new guy her dad has hired. It’s her mirror guy. Gabriel is gorgeous, with blue eyes and black hair, and he’s from the nineteenth century. And he needs Jessie to remember…But with Gabriel and Jessie’s love, one day can change their love for ever.

Tempus is a timeless love story with these two soul mates, and with the cliffhanger ending, it definitely has me hoping Tyra Lynn writes with a fast pen. I recommend Tempus as a must read.
 
 
 

Incarnate (Newsoul #1) by Jodi Meadows

Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)

                     Incarnate (Newsoul #1)

                                                                       by

NEWSOUL
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

NOSOUL
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

HEART
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.
 
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 31st 2012 by HarperCollins Children's Books 
 
 
 
 
(MY THOUGHTS)      5  HEARTS!!!!!
 Incarnate is incredible. I have to give enormous praise to Jodi Meadows on the main character, Ana. I loved this girl. Ana doesn't hold back. I’ve read so many books where the girl has a problem with the guy, but she just keeps her mouth shut, when what they want to do is to ask what’s going on, but they never do. They just hold it all in. But not Ana. She takes the guy by the…Oops can't say that. She takes the bull by the horns and lets it all out. YAY! No melodrama here. I love that Jodi Meadows gives Ana a no nonsense voice. Ana speaks her mind. Oh, yeah, I love this girl. Jodi Meadows also created a fantastic supernatural world where the people of Heart have immortality by being reincarnated. There’re also dragons, too, with a few more supernatural creatures, and plenty of action with beautiful romance that kept me glued to this awesome storyline.

Ana is eighteen and needs answers about her life, like why she’s a newsoul when everyone else has been reliving their life over and over for five thousand years and she hasn't. On her way to the city of Heart where she will find these answers, Ana meets Sam, who ends up taking her to Heart and helping Ana try to find out who or what she is. Sam is five thousand years old, but his body is the body of a eighteen year old. I fell in love with Sam. His love for Ana is beautiful. A mind of a mature, tender man, in a gorgeous eighteen year old body. How much more prefect can it get? And Sam has a thousand ways to show his love for Ana.

Incarnate is a fantastic fantasy adventure into a dystopia world with a beautiful love that will never die. I recommend Incarnate as a must read.
 
 
 
 
 

Mesmerize (Mystyx #4) by Artist Arthur

Mesmerize


                     Mesmerize (Mystyx #4)

                                                                      by

You can’t move forward until you deal with the past…

Starting over is nothing new to diplomat’s daughter Lindsey Yi. She’s grown up changing schools the way other girls change clothes. Still, moving to Lincoln, Connecticut, is different. Although she’s still reeling from the loss of her parents in an accident, Lindsey is finally in a place that feels like home. Because here, Lindsey’s ability to read other people’s thoughts doesn’t make her weird. It makes her one of the Mystyx.

When Dylan Murphy—hot, popular and a senior—starts to notice her, things get serious, fast. But even as she’s figuring out how she really feels, the Mystyx realize that they’re not the only supernaturals in town. There
are other gifted teens who have different motives. And they are hoping to get close enough to the Mystyx to convert them—and the world—to Darkness…
Paperback, 256 pages
Expected publication: January 24th 2012 by Kimani Tru




 (MY THOUGHTS)       5 HEARTS!!!!!
 Mesmerize is book four in the Mystyx series. I love this series. Artist Arthur is a fantastic writer and I love her characters. Four teens have been given supernatural gifts to fight Charon of the underworld by the Greek goddess Fatima. Each one of these teens have to be tested before they come together to stand against Charon, and this time it’s Lindsey turn. Artist Arthur also tackles different race issues along with other issues of being poor, rich, loners,death and romance—all what teens face today with plenty of action and romance.

Lindsey is Asian and almost seventeen. She’s also telepathic and an empath. She lost her parents a year ago and now lives with her guardian Aurora Hampton, who has a few secrets of her own. Krystal, Sasha, and Jake have gone through their test and now it’ Lindsey who will face her weakness to become stronger or lose her power. But little did Lindsey know her test was going to come in a tall, muscular, cute guy with deep blue sapphire eyes. Dylan will be Lindsey's test. A test between her heart and her destiny as a Mystyx and Dylan have a few more secrets that the rest of the Mystyx has been trying to figure out this past year. Along with heart-break for her friend, Krystal. These heart-breaks will bring a bond between Lindsey and Krystal.

Mesmerize is Lindsey’s story of a teenage girl who has been given supernatural powers to fight the underworld, she lives in guilt, and who's trying to survive the death of her parents and the lost her true love. Mesmerize is full of heart-breaking drama, action and romance. I recommend Mesmerize as a fantastic read.

Destiny's Fire Blog Tour: Mom and Daughter Interview


I would like to welcome YA author Trisha Wolfe to I Heart YA Books! Congratulations to Tris on her debut novel DESTINY’S FIRE which released today! This interview is extra special to me. Not only do I love Ms. Wolfe’s work, I couldn’t be prouder of my beautiful daughter for accomplishing her dream. And I'm so glad I’m able to share this with her today!

 Interview: 

Tris, which character in DESTINY’S FIRE did you enjoy writing the most?

First of all, can I just say how cool it is that my mom is interviewing me? It’s awesome. And, okay, I have to go with Reese. Or Jace. No, Dez. To be honest, I don’t have a favorite to write for. I really do love each of the characters with all my heart, and enjoyed trying to bring out each of their personalities. Jace is very moody. Along with his hidden sensitive/shy side, it was challenging to show that it’s part of his strength as well. Reese makes my heart flutter while writing his scenes. It’s so easy to get inside his head for me. I know exactly what he’s thinking, and he really never holds back. Dez, I probably feel the closest to. Not just because she’s the MC, but because she has this strength about her that I desire for myself. Being able to write from her perspective really makes me dig down deep and search for that in myself. Not that it’s there, but it’s fiction, I can pretend ;) And I also really like writing for Nick and Mr. Liam. Both of them have quirky personalities that are just fun. Lana is a blast, too. I think I like writing about her outfits the most lol.

Was it hard to write a Steampunk novel?

Yes and no. Mom, you were there! Remember all the research and the “OMG, I can’t do this. Who’s going to read this craziness?” Yeah. I really don’t think of DESTINY’S FIRE as a traditional Steampunk novel. I loved certain things about the genre, and I wanted to incorporate those, but I also wanted it to have its own original theme. I definitely wanted to combine the elements of other genres I loved. So I think being able to fall back on comfortable genres such as Paranormal helped. I did a lot of research while writing, and for the things I wasn’t sure would work, I just ended up tweaking it to fit in this world where I made the rules. I feared diehard Steampunkers would eat me alive. But, at the end of the day, this is the story I wanted to write, and the story the characters wanted to tell. I just listen to them.

As an author, do you feel you grow a lot with each novel you write?

Oh, absolutely. DESTINY’S FIRE was the third novel I wrote. The writing and pacing are a far cry from where I started out at book one lol. And no, you don’t get to ever talk about that book just because you read it. It stays buried in the backyard with its sad gravestone. I say that a lot. And people laugh, thinking it’s just something to say. But one day I’ll post the pic of the tiny gravestone I have back there with the name of the novel engraved on it. I actually just completed book number four! Four books in two years. And even comparing book four to DF I can see how much my writing has grown. I just keep looking forward, and keep learning everything I can, in hopes that each reader will find something they can relate to in at least one of my books. That’s the dream.

Destiny's Fire has some steamy romance. Did you enjoy writing Dez and Reese’s steamy parts?

LOL! Uh, yes? YOU made me write them! With all the, “You have to have more kissy scenes.” But of course I had fun writing them =) I even had to stop once in a while and pace, fan myself, and then go back and hit the delete key a million times. I tend to get carried away while writing kissy scenes.

Now, I have to know, which guy is you favorite? Reese or Jace?

I plead the fifth ;) Honestly, I love them both, but in different ways. Each of them has something special to offer, and I couldn’t pick one over the other. I will say that Jace has some interesting things coming in book two with a new character. I’ve had him all to myself for so long, it’s going to be hard for me to share him.

Thank you, Tris, for sharing with us today! I’m so glad you're my daughter, and I’m very proud of the awesome writer you've become.

*blushes* Love you, Mom. Now, let’s stop with the cheese before I can feel the eye rolls coming through the Internet. 



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At the last tour stop, you can enter to win the grand prize! A gorgeous Egyptian Steampunk necklace, a print copy of Destiny's Fire, bookmarks, and a signed bookplate.

New Girl by Paige Harbison

New Girl



                                  New Girl

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They call me 'New Girl'...

Ever since I arrived at exclusive, prestigious Manderly Academy, that’s who I am. New girl. Unknown. But not unnoticed—because of her.

Becca Normandy—that’s the name on everyone’s lips. The girl whose picture I see everywhere. The girl I can’t compare to. I mean, her going missing is the only reason a spot opened up for me at the academy. And everyone stares at me like it’s my fault.

Except for Max Holloway—the boy whose name shouldn’t be spoken. At least, not by me. Everyone thinks of him as Becca’s boyfriend but she’s gone, and here I am, replacing her. I wish it were that easy. Sometimes, when I think of Max, I can imagine how Becca’s life was so much better than mine could ever be.

And maybe she’s still out there, waiting to take it back.
Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: January 31st 2012 by HarlequinTeen 
 
 
 
 (MY THOUGHTS)          5  HEARTS!!!!!
New Girl is an intriguing, fantastic mystery that grabbed me from the first page. I couldn’t put this novel down. I had to uncover all the secrets surrounding Becca Normandy at Manderley Academy. Paige Harbison’s writing is a breath of fresh air. By that I mean, she gives you the real teens of today. Harbison took me into the real teenagers’ world with their language, lifestyle, and romance—how teens are today. I love when an author does this. Paige Harbison delivers an awesome storyline in New Girl, with it done in two POV’s. One being told in the new girl’s present tense who starts Manderley Academy, and in the past-tense of Becca Normandy, who started Manderley Academy the year before.

When New Girl's parents surprise her in her senior year with an acceptance into New Hampshire boarding school, Manderley Academy, it’s no surprise that New Girl, who lives in St.Augstine Florida, doesn’t want to leave her home or her friends to be the New Girl at school, but she can't break her parents heart after getting her into this elite boarding school. When she gets to Manderley, New Girl finds out that the only reason she was accepted into Manderley, is because the new girl from last year, Becca Normandy, has been missing since the end of school last year. New Girl resembles Becca , and New Girl is now living in the shadow of Becca, which turns into a living torment for New Girl as she’s not seen for who she is, but for who Becca was. And when New Girl falls for Becca’s ex-boyfriend, that will be the biggest mistake she makes, and New Girl will live her senior year learning what the phrase, "what doesn't kill you will only make you stronger" truly means. New Girl can't believe why, of all the guys she could have fallen for, why did it have to be Max Holloway?

New Girl is an intruding, eerie mystery, about one girl who lives for her own selfish needs and pleasures, that inflicts pain and hurt in the lives of others, and another girl who finds her true self, believing in who she is. I highly recommend New Girl as a must read.

Allegiance (Legacy #2) by Cayla Kluver

Allegiance (Legacy, #2)

                      Allegiance (Legacy #2)

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Only I saw Narian for who he truly was: a young man with courage and an independent mind, and made to pay for what was outside his control. He couldn't help his past any more than he could help the way those intense, deep-blue eyes pierced me and held me captive.

An eighteen-year-old queen in love with the enemy as their countries pass the point of no return...

Bound to a man she cannot love, Queen Alera of Hytanica must forget Narian, the young man who holds her heart. For Narian is destined to conquer Hytanica at the behest of his master, the powerful magic-user known as the Overlord. Alera doesn't truly believe Narian will fight against Hytanica-until Cokyrian troops attack with Narian commanding the charge.

Faced with the greatest betrayal a heart can know, Alera must set aside personal feelings and lead her kingdom through its darkest time. And when all hope, will and courage seem lost, she must find strength and remember that even the blackest night must have a dawn....
 
Paperback
Expected publication: February 28th 2012 by HarlequinTeen
 
 
 
 (MY THOUGHTS)     5 HEARTS!!!!!
Allegiance is the second novel in the Legacy series—which I love. I have to admit, I was a little upset up with this second novel, though. I truly loved Steldor in the first book and desperately wanted Alera to be with him, even though I knew her heart belonged to Narian. I went all the way through Allegiance still wanting Steldor. I mean, when you have two fantastic main guys in love with the main character, we all choose which guy we want the girl to be with, and nothing the author does can change that—for me, at least. Well, Cayla Kluver is an awesome writer because she did the impossible for me. she got me to change my mind. Kluver pulled off an amazingly fantastic ending where I accepted Alera’s choice, and wanted Alera and Narian to have a happily-ever-after. I also love that Cayla Kluver started Allegiance right off at the cliffhanger ending of Legacy.

Alera grows up in Allegiance, where she was just a teenage girl, worried about suitors and marriage in Legacy. Alera is the queen of Hytanica now, but still finds herself with not much more power than she had as a princess. The time of the Bleeding Moon has been set, and the Overlord of Cokyri is bringing a war against Hytanica. Alera's life as she knew it will be taken from her: family, her home, her land and who she always thought she would be. But it’s through this horrible loss that she becomes the woman she was always destined to be for her people and for the one man she loves.

Steldor in Legacy, I wasn't too sure if he truly loved Alera, but in Allegiance there was no doubt Steldor loved her with all his heart. This is where I have to salute Cayle Kluver. There are a lot of love triangles going on in YA right now, but very few can make me change my mind once I set my heart on the one I love (even Twilight couldn't. I still want Jacob to be with Bella lol!) But Kluver did it by the time I got to the end of reading Allegiance. Cayle Kluver had won my heart for Alera and Narian. So yeah, that's awesome writing to me when author can do that.

Allegiance is a fantastic Historical Fantasy with heart-wrenching romance. I highly recommend Allegiance, the second book in the Legacy series, as a must read!