The Queen's Lady (The Lacey Chronicles #2) by Eve Edwards

The Queen's Lady (The Lacey Chronicles #2)

  The Queen's Lady (The Lacey Chronicles #2)

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England, 1584.

When beautiful Lady Jane Rievaulx begins her service to the Queen at Richmond Palace, she is thrilled to see the court's newest arrival . . . Master James Lacey.

No matter that Jane was previously courted by the eldest Lacey brother—James is the one who has won her heart. For his part, James cannot deny his fascination with Jane; his plans, however, do not allow for love. He is about to set sail on a treacherous journey to the Americas, seeking absolution for what he sees as past sins. But when Jane is forced into a terrible situation by her own family, only one man can save her. Will Master James return to his lady before it's too late?
 
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: April 10th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers



(MY THOUGHTS)       5  HEARTS!!!!!
 I have to admit, I didn't read the first book in The Lacey Chronicles, but after reading The Queen's Lady, which is the second book in this series,I am definitely reading The Other Countess. I love Eva Edwards’ writing, and I love the Lacey brothers. I also have to know about Will and Ellie's romance now. The Queen's Lady is about the second Lacey's brother, James, and his love for Jane. Eve Edwards has written a beautiful Historical love story about a young woman of eighteen fighting for her right to have the life she wants, and James, the young man she loves.

Jane is being punished by her father after she breaks off an arranged marriage with an Earl. Jane's punishment is to be disgraced by her father so he can break Jane's rebellious will. But Jonas Paton, Marquee of Rievaulx, marries Jane not as a wife, but so he can rescue her from this horrible punishment. Jonas dies within the first year of their marriage, and Jane becomes one of the Queen's Ladies in order to protect herself from her father and Jonas's three sons. At the Queen's court, she sees James Lacey. James has just returned from an English military mission, and he’s not the same young man Jane remembers from a year ago. James is still the love of Jane’s heart and the man she wants to be with. But after seeing the effects of war, James is a ghost of the man he used to be with plenty of anger. Jane is also fighting a war of her own, against her father and Jonas's three sons, and James will not confess his love for Jane because he feels as if he cannot offer her anything of the man he used to be.

The Queen's Lady is heart-felt, tender, a love story about Jane trying fight for herself and James, the man she loves, in a time when women have no power. I highly recommend The Queen's Lady as a beautiful love story, where love always wins and can heal the broken hearted.

Cover Reveal: Luminosity (Luminosity #1) by Stephanie Thomas

                                                            
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                                        Luminosity (Luminosity #1)  
                            by Stephanie Thomas

My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.

The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.

But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I’ve already helped them win.


Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: November 13th 2012 by Entangled Publishing, LLC

   
 Release Date: November 2012 by Entangled Publishing, LLC

               
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Sisters Of Glass by Stephanie Hemphill

Sisters Of Glass

                            Sisters Of Glass

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Maria is the younger daughter of an esteemed family on the island of Murano, the traditional home for Venetian glassmakers. Though she longs to be a glassblower herself, glassblowing is not for daughters—that is her brother's work. Maria has only one duty to perform for her family: before her father died, he insisted that she be married into the nobility, even though her older sister, Giovanna, should rightfully have that role. Not only is Giovanna older, she's prettier, more graceful, and everyone loves her.

Maria would like nothing more than to allow her beautiful sister, who is far more able and willing to attract a noble husband, to take over this role for her. But they cannot circumvent their father's wishes. And when a new young glassblower arrives to help the family business and Maria finds herself drawn to him, the web of conflicting emotions grows even more tangled.
 
Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: March 27th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
 
 
 
(MY THOUGHTS)     4 HEARTS!!!!
 Sisters of Glass is a Historical Fiction that is written in verse. This was a different kind of read for me, but it was definitely a wonderful surprise and a very cute love story about two sisters. The two sister's story is told through Maria, who is the younger daughter. It's the year 1291 on the island of Murano where all glassmakers have been sent to live by the order of Venetian government. Maria and her older sister, Giovanna (Vanna), live in a time where fathers choose who their daughters marry, and who their daughters love isn't taken into account. But before Marie's father dies, he breaks tradition and gives Marie the oldest daughters right's to be the first one to marry, and to marry a Nobleman. Both sisters are not happy with their dying father’s decision to change their rights, and when Marie falls in love with Luca, who has been given a partnership in the family's glassmaking business, her relationship with her sister becomes strained. Giovanna is the one who is supposed to marry Luca, but she's in love with the nobleman Andrea who is betrothed to Maria. This is where the fun begins with these two sisters, because Marie's betrothed is in love with Giovanna. And Luca, who is Giovanna's betrothed, is in love with Marie.

This novel, like I said, was a different kind of read for me, but I fell in love with Stephanie Hemphill’s beautiful writing and the verse style. I also fell in love with these two sisters and their right to choose the person who they wanted to marry and the right to marry for love and happiness.

Sisters of Glass is 272 pages, but with it written in verses, it’s a fast read, but don't let that fool you. It’s a strong and in-depth story with humor, drama, jealousies and romance, and a beautiful storyline with Marie and Giovanna’s happily ever after. I recommend Sisters of Glass as a beautiful, cute read.

Tempted by Blood (Sweetblood #3) by Laurie London

Tempted by Blood (Sweetblood, #3)

           Tempted by Blood (Sweetblood #3)

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Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two vampire coalitions: Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humanity, and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors. Original.
 
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by HQN Books 
 
 
 
(MY THOUGHTS)    5 HEARTS!!!!!
 I love the Sweetblood series by Laurie London, and I have been waiting for London to tell Jackson Foss’ story from when he stole my heart in the first book, Bonded by Blood. Laurie London, who is a fantastic writer, answered all the mystery around Jackson. I always knew Jackson was really a sweetheart of a guy, even if he was the no commitment, playboy type. It just took the right woman, who wouldn't put up with Jackson's bad boy ways.

Arianna Wells is haunted by her mother's death. When she was a little girl, she watched her mother die, but no one will believe her about the shadow that killed her mother. She starts a blog called Paranormalish to find her own answers to her mom's death. Arianna's teenage cousin, Krystal, who is living with Arianna, is a sweetblood. When the Darkbloods try to kidnap Krystal, Jackson ends up being the Guardian to protect Krystal, but now the question is, Who's going to protect Jackson's heart from Arianna, the one woman who will bring this fun lovin’ playboy to his knees.

I love all the Guardian guys in the Sweetblood series, but Jackson is my favorite. Jackson is the bad boy all women want to tame. Laurie London shows that what I thought about Jackson being a shallow guy, he really is deep and complicated with a boyish heart, who has been hiding a secret. A secret that will destroy his life as a Guardian, and that’s the worst thing that can happen for Jackson.

Tempted by Blood is Jackson's story in the Sweetblood series, and London has done her magic again in this novel with the hot, sexy guys of the Guardian Enforcers and the women who will bond with them by blood. I recommend Tempted by Blood as a must read.

Pretty Crooked (Pretty Crooked #1) by Elisa Ludwig

Pretty Crooked

           Pretty Crooked (Pretty Crooked #1)

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High school sophomore Willa and her artist mother move to Arizona where Willa starts attending an elite prep school after her mother finally sells some paintings, and Willa attempts to even things out by stealing from the rich students and giving to the poor ones.
Hardcover, 358 pages
Expected publication: March 13th 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books


 (MY THOUGHTS)     5 HEARTS!!!!!
 Pretty Crooked is full of heart, and a Chick-Lit novel that also deals with a serious subject and hard consequences. Even if the intentions were for good. Elisa Ludwig has written a beautiful heart-felt story about those who are less fortunate and the cruelty of others who seem to have more than their fair share. Elisa Ludwig also adds humor and romance that gives this serious storyline a lot of laughs.

Willa and her mom have had a hard life with her mom being a single mom, but their luck has just changed after her mom, who is an artist, sells her painting for big money. Now they move to Arizona, a beautiful house with a pool, and Willa goes to Valley Prep High School. Yeah, Willa and her mom are living the good life, and for first time Willa is hanging with the Glitterati—the "mean rich girls". Willa’s conscience starts to bug her when she realizes she can't be like the Glitterati who bully the girls who don't wear the expenses clothes, and who got into Valley Prep by scholarship. Willa wants to make those who have less become equals with the rich Glitterati girls, So Willa becomes the Valley Prep Robin Hood. Willa soon learns good intentions are not good enough and they will lead her down a road with no U-turn.

Aiden is the utterly hot rich guy, and Willa can't help falling him, but she is tough on Aiden. I felt really sorry for him. But Aiden is proof you shouldn't judge a person by what you see on the outside, he has his own good intentions for being a bad boy.

Pretty Crooked ends on cliffhanger that had me screaming, NO! don't end now. But Aiden sure did give this novel an awesome ending, and so did Elisa Ludwig. She definitely will have me do a repeat offence for the next book. I recommend Pretty Crooked as a must read.

Channeler's Choice (Channeler #2) by Heather McCorkle

Channeler's Choice

           Channeler's Choice (Channeler #2)

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With her parents’ murderer’s dead, Eren can finally concentrate on fitting in at Spruce Knoll High, not to mention figuring out what it means to be a channeler. If only it were that easy. It turns out she isn’t normal even among channelers - she may be a legendary warrior meant to protect the earth in a last great battle.

But Mayan prophecies are the least of her worries as she involuntarily starts to gather her own Society, another girl moves in on Aiden, her powers rage out of control, and worst of all, someone is stalking her. To top it all off, Eren discovers she doesn’t have to be a channeler after all - she has a choice.

As an old threat closes in and she risks ending up like her parents, she is forced to decide. Be a normal teenager and leave the legendary warrior stuff to someone else, or embrace a dark destiny?

Praise for The Secret Of Spruce Knoll, book one of the channeler series:

"McCorkle has crafted an enchanting world...you will root for Eren and Aiden." Kitty Keswick, YA author of The Freaksville Series.

"McCorkle fuses magic, mystery, and myth into one action-packed tale." ~ Judith Graves, author of the SKINNED series.

"Electrifying in every possible way. A compelling read with unforgettable characters that readers can cheer for." ~Elana Johnson, author of Possession.
 
Hardcover, First Edition
Expected publication: February 27th 2012 by Compass Press
 
 
 
 
 (MY THOUGHTS)   5 HEARTS!!!!!
Channeler's Choice is definitely my choice for a fantastic story. Heather McCorkle turns the heat up in her second novel of the Channeler series. I loved the first book The Secret of Spruce Knoll, but McCorkle set my heart on fire with the romance between Eren and Aiden in Channeler's Choice. McCorkle even brings in the slutty girl that's trying to take Aiden from Eren. Oh yeah, this book is hot. Heather McCorkle is an outstanding storyteller, and she totally blew me away again with Channeler's Choice. The heat is on with Eren and Aiden in their romance and their powers. Even my guy Fane, who kept Aiden in line, needs a chaperone when he meets Caitlin. I love where Heather McCorkle takes this story, and I can't wait for next book after the cliffhanger ending with Luke. I know McCorkle is going blow me away again with the third novel.

Eren is discovering who she is as a Rector and how to use and control her channeler power. With her and Aiden being soul mates, control is the key for these two. Eren and Aiden being a mixed race, their powers are unknown to the other Society of Spruce Knoll. The Society doesn’t want anything to do with Eren and Aiden, but Luke still holds his claim on Eren, and Luke definitely wants Aiden out of Eren’s life.

I really liked that Eren finally has a girlfriend, Caitlin, and they have become best friends. But Fane has gone all Romeo over Caitlin, and these two are great together. They prove opposites do attract. Fane is all proper and manners, and Caitlin has a kind of dark, brutally honesty sense of humor. Poor Fane is going to literally spontaneously combust when it comes to Caitlin. I love Fane, he’s my guy. I'm looking forward to more of their romance in the next book.

Channeler's Choice has steamy and hot romance with Eren and Aiden and Fane and Caitlin, but it’s also these four teens growing into their own identity and who they will become as a Society. I recommend Channeler's Choice as a must read.
 
 

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Partials (Partials, #1)

                       Partials (Partials #1)

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Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with partials--engineered organic beings identical to humans--has decimated the world’s population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. The threat of the partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to the disease in over a decade. Humanity’s time is running out.

When sixteen-year-old Kira learns of her best friend’s pregnancy, she’s determined to find a solution. Then one rash decision forces Kira to flee her community with the unlikeliest of allies. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that the survival of both humans and partials rests in her attempts to answer questions of the war’s origin that she never knew to ask.

Combining the fast-paced action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Battlestar Galactica, Partials is a pulse-pounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question--one where our sense of humanity is both our greatest liability, and our only hope for survival
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 472 pages
Expected publication: February 28th 2012 by HarperTEEN
                               

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Partials (Partials #1) by Dan Wells

Partials (Partials, #1)

                       Partials (Partials #1)

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Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with partials--engineered organic beings identical to humans--has decimated the world’s population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. The threat of the partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to the disease in over a decade. Humanity’s time is running out.

When sixteen-year-old Kira learns of her best friend’s pregnancy, she’s determined to find a solution. Then one rash decision forces Kira to flee her community with the unlikeliest of allies. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that the survival of both humans and partials rests in her attempts to answer questions of the war’s origin that she never knew to ask.

Combining the fast-paced action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Battlestar Galactica, Partials is a pulse-pounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question--one where our sense of humanity is both our greatest liability, and our only hope for survival.
 
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 472 pages
Expected publication: February 28th 2012 by HarperTEEN


  (MY THOUGHTS)       5  HEARTS!!!!!
I’m sitting here, trying to figure out how to write a review for this amazing novel. The awesome author, Dan Wells, has totally blown me away. Partials is an incredibly amazing world and storyline with fantastic characters. I can't even pick which is my favorite. Dan Wells gave all of them terrific personalities: Kira is head-strong, Marcus is the fun guy, Jayden is a take charge guy, Xochi is the bad-ass chick, Madison is the caring mom figure, Haru is the jerk, Isolde is a analyst and Samm is a Partial with heart. I love, LOVE this book and wish I had an inside connection with Dan Wells so I wouldn't have to wait for Failsafe, the second book in the Partials series.

Kira is sixteen and a medic trainee in the hospital maternity ward. Kira, along with the rest of her race, who have survived the Break, are trying to find the cure for the RM virus that still continues to kill their babies. Kira is determined to find the cure, and once she starts the search, she has no idea how far she will delve into the government, the Partials, the humans, and herself to find the answers.

Partials is also action-packed, but Wells did bring romance into this fantastic storyline, which I'm so glad he did. And what a heartfelt romance it is with Kira and Marcus. I did, at times, think Wells was going to change Kira's romantic interest, and I’m still not sure he won't in Failsafe. I'll just have to wait and see. Wells also brings heart-break with plenty of tears with one of the character (no spoilers) I will just say, I really loved this guy.

Dan Wells’ dedication in Partials is the best way to describe my own feelings for this amazing novel: “This book is dedicated to the rule breakers, the troublemakers, and the revolutionaries. Sometimes the hand that feeds you needs a good bite.” I highly, highly recommend Partials as a must read. You don't won't to miss out on this book!

Katana ( Book #1) by Cole Gibsen

Katana

                                   Katana

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Kill Bill meets Buffy in this supernatural samurai tale.
Rileigh Martin would love to believe that adrenaline gave her the uncanny courage and strength to fend off three muggers. But it doesn't explain her dreams of fifteenth-century Japan, the incredible fighting skills she suddenly possesses, or the strange voice giving her battle tips and danger warnings. While worrying that she's going crazy (always a reputation ruiner), Rileigh gets a visit from Kim, a handsome martial arts instructor, who tells Rileigh she's harboring the spirit of a five-hundred-year-old samurai warrior.
Relentlessly attacked by ninjas, Rileigh has no choice but to master the katana--a deadly Japanese sword that's also the key to her past. As the spirit grows stronger and her feelings for Kim intensify, Rileigh is torn between continuing as the girl she's always been and embracing the warrior inside her.
 
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 8th 2012 by Flux 
 
 
 
(MY THOUGHTS)      5 HEARTS!!!!!
 Katana is a fantastic kick-ass novel with humor, drama, action and romance. Cole Gibsen is right when she says it’s a Kill Bill meets Buffy in a supernatural samurai tale. Gibsen is also a fantastic kick-ass writer. I enjoyed the way she delivered this fascinating storyline, and I'm so glad to know there will be a second book coming out in March 2013.

Rileigh's just completed her junior year of high school, and she and her best friend Quentin are on their way to an end-of-school party when three muggers have different plans for Rileigh. When Rileigh beats up all three muggers, she knows something strange is happening, and she definitely knows something is not right when Kim, the good looking eighteen year old Asian guy, tells her she is his reincarnated love of his life and a samurai warrior, Senshi. Rileigh wants off this insane rollercoaster ride and to just go back to being the normal skater teenager before the three muggers and gorgeous Kim came along and sent her heart racing.

There're also three more characters I really liked: Michelle, Braden, and Drew. All three are fun, but Michelle and Braden’s relationship was definitely a different kind of romance. They are samurai too, and trying to help Kim to show Rileigh the truth about who she is. Kim's love for Rileigh stole my heart. Kim is a guy of few words, but the words he does say are heart-melting. Kim is swoon-worthy.

Katana is a Kick-ass novel about a kick-ass, tough, skater, samurai girl named Rileigh who awakens to a life she never thought she could have, with a love she thought was only in fairytales. I recommend Katana as a must read.
 
 

Pure (Pure #1) by Julianna Baggott

Pure (Pure, #1)


                            Pure (Pure #1)

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We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .

Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .

There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it's his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

Hardcover, 448 pages
Published February 8th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing



 (MY THOUGHTS)      5  HEARTS!!!!!
Pure is a creepy, fantastic Dystopia. Julianna Baggott built an incredibly dark dystopia world with the Pure and Wretches. Baggott definitely gave me spine-tingling chills with the mutations of the Wretches. I also loved the characters, Pressia, Partridge, Bradwell and Lyda, with the story being told through the main character's, Pressia and Partidge, POV, but there were also a few chapters told through Lyda and El Capitan’s POV. Julianna Baggott is a very talented, descriptive writer. I had no problem visualizing the horrible mutations and this dark dystopia world.

Pressia is a Wretche, and she just turned sixteen and is supposed to surrender to the OSR, but she chooses to run, instead. The only one she can think of to help her is Bradwell. Bradwell is a conspiracy theorist who has his own ideas about the Detonation that destroyed the world. Pressia doesn't care about Bradwell's theory, she just wants his help to keep her safe from the OSR. On her way to Bradwell, she finds Partridge, but Partridge is a Pure and Pure's live in the Dome and they never leave. Pressia is only interested in keeping herself alive, but she will have to help Partridge and Bradwell, trying to keep all of them alive. And his theory might not be theory, after all.

Pure has two romances going on. One is between Pressia and Bradwell, and the other is Partridge and Lyda. But even though I love romance, I have to say I really enjoyed Bradwell and Partridge’s relationship. Bradwell had no problem showing Partridge (this Pure) the ways of how the Wretches live. No matter what kind of world guys live in, guys will be guys, and I loved these two together.

Pure has a dark, amazing, and intriguing storyline that had Pressia, Partridge and Bradwell on a mission to discover the truth about their world and their self with all the suspense, mystery, action and romance you could ask for. I highly recommend Pure as a must read. Just be ready for few eerie chills with this Dystopia.

Cover Reveal: The Broken Destiny (Broken #1) by Carlyle Labuschagne

                                                                       
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                                             The Broken Destiny (Broken #1)
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Her Destiny is to Rise against the fall that threatens to take her soul. Her soul is the Key to unlocking a secret weapon.But to know her soul she has to hate it first, and then come back from that. Her Destiny starts with Betrayal.
The Broken
Destiny
 
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Paperback, 300 pages
Published 2012 by SBPRA 
                           
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Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)


                 Pandemonium (Delirium #2)

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I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
push,
push,
push,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.
Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.
Hardcover, 375 pages
Expected publication: February 28th 2012 by HarperCollins



Soul Quest (The Soul Quest Trilogy #1) by Amy Maurer Jones

Soul Quest

          Soul Quest (The Soul Quest Trilogy #1)

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Do you remember how horrified you were about the idea of attending high school? I remember ticking off those last miserable days of my summer vacation following my eighth grade year. Maybe you don’t, maybe you were one of 'those people.' You know who I’m talking about, people like Melissa Small, the distinguished District Attorney, Larry Small’s daughter, popular, gorgeous... and absolutely terrifying to someone like me, Liv Glyn. No, I am far from measuring up to the standards required to make Melissa’s crowd. I’m not even close. I’m just a simple man’s daughter, mostly tolerated by my peers with average looks. If this isn’t depressing enough for you, stay tuned, it gets worse. I was commanded with Spirit at birth by the Great Spirit, Hala. I know, it sounds crazy but it’s true. If you think it's difficult being a teenager, try being a teenager who was born destined to save the world from soul sucking Daevas and their mutant progeny Aengels. There are four of us. My companions of Spirit are Laith, Brayan and Meena. Melissa Small is Laith’s step sister and she is always meddling where she doesn’t belong, further complicating our lives. To make matters even worse, my best friend Jedd is apparently aware of things that are typically undetectable to ordinary humans. So, I have to lie to Jedd, the boy who has been my constant standby since the third grade, to shield him from the horrible and very dangerous truth. Did I mention that I think I’m falling in love with him? The term awkward doesn’t even begin to cover it, trust me. Welcome to the mess that is my life.
 
Kindle ebook and print
Published February 19th 2011 by self published 
 
 
 
(MY THOUGHTS)        5  HEARTS!!!!!
 Soul Quest is an excellent read. Amy Maurer Jones takes reality and fiction and mix's them together which gives this paranormal novel a deep, believable and exciting storyline. Not to mention four teenagers who are oracles who have unique gifts to help save the world form the evil Aengels and Daevas. Amy Maurer Jones is a very talented writer. These four teenagers are well-developed and have great personalities, and the story is totally amazing.

Liv is an Oracle of Earth. Brayan is an Oracle of Wind. Laith is an Oracle of fire. And Meena is an Oracle of Water. Each has been given their own guardian spirit mentor since their birth to help them with the fight against evil, but now it’s time to bring all four Oracles together to fight the evil Aengels and Daevas who are sucking the souls out of humans. These four also have to go to high school and yes, they also have the normal teenager problems to deal with. Like romance. Liv would love to be more than just friends with Jedd and Jedd wants to be a part Liv's Oracle world to help fight in the front lines with Liv. Liv wants to keep Jedd in back to be safe. That was fantastic to me that a girl was protecting a guy for a change.

I also like how Jones gave a description of all the characters in the front of this book. That was very helpful to have this insight with this huge storyline. I also like the way Jones built the trust between the four teenagers. I recommend Soul Quest as a super great read.
 
 

Season's Change: Summer Book #1 by Mandy Harbin

Season's Change: Summer

                  Season's Change: Summer

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Season Crete isn’t one for surprises, but at her surprise seventeenth birthday party, she gets a big one. She learns her mother isn’t really dead. Not only that, her guardian gives her a cryptic message about her mother’s return on her next birthday, mentioning something about mysterious changes she’ll be going through up until then. Seasons’ confusion takes a solemn turn when she discovers a death certificate with her name on it dated for her eighteenth birthday.

While desperately wanting to discover the truth about her mom and these so-called changes, Season is plagued with dreams about the weather, which she cannot explain. But she also finds herself focusing on a budding romance with the hottest guy in town, Don Davis, while trying to enjoy her summer vacation, knowing it may be her last.

When Season strikes up a friendship with newcomer Chrys Gorge, she soon discovers everything isn’t always as it seems as he explains the reality of mythical gods and the danger surrounding how she fits it. He holds the key to unlocking her family secrets, but he’s interested in more than just a friendship with her . . . . And he has the power of a prophesy on his side.

Can Season discover the truth about her heritage without losing the guy she’s falling in love with?
 
Published December 5th 2011 by Noble Young Adult 
 
 
 
 
(MY THOUGHTS)      5  HEARTS!!!!!
 Season's Change: Summer is based on Greek Mythology. Mandy Harbin recreates some of the most popular Greek myths and characters to write a wonderful, charming, and romantic story of her very own. Harbin captured my heart with Season and Don's breathtaking love story and some of the evilest villains of Greek Mythology. Harbin also ends this novel with the most intriguing cliffhanger that will definitely have me coming back for more of this heart-gripping mythical love.

Season has just turned seventeen, and Don—the gorgeous guy that she's been crushing on forever, but thought she could never have—has falling for her. Melissa, her guardian, who's taken care of her since she was a baby, just told her that her parents aren't dead and her mother is a Greek goddess. Talk about a surprise birthday party nightmare. Well not all of it as Don's the dream come true in this nightmare, or is he? Don has a little Greek surprise, too. Season is trying to get all the answer to her mysterious life before she turns eighteen, because if she thought her seventeenth birthday was a nightmare, her eighteenth could be a killer.

Season and Don's has waited a long time to make their feelings known for each other, and just when their romance turns into forever love, it’s just like a Greek god to mess it all up. The two problems for Season and Don is going to be Chry and Rota, and this is where I start screaming for the next book because this is one heck of cliffhanger with what's to come with Don.

Season's Change: Summer is fantastic and surprising new take on Greek mythology. Harbin takes from the old and puts her own fascinating twist to it. I recommend Season's Change: Summer as enthralling read.
 
 

Significance (Significance #1) by Shelly Crane

Significance (Significance, #1)

                Significance (Significance #1)

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Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who's had a bad year. She was smart and on track but then her mom left, her dad is depressed, she's graduating, barely, and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has. Then she meets Caleb. She saves his life and instantly knows there's something about him that's intriguing but she is supposed to be on her way to a date with his cousin. But things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally. They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she's ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive. Now, not only has her dad come out of his depression to be a father again, and a pain as well, but Caleb's enemies know he's imprinted and are after Maggie to stop them both from gaining their abilities and take her from him. Can Caleb save her or will they be forced to live without each other after just finding one another?
 
Kindle Edition, 330 pages
Published June 12th 2011 
 
 
 
 
 (MY THOUGHTS)      5  HEARTS!!!!!
Significance is my kind of novel; romance—romance that sets my heart on fire. Shelly Crane definitely wrote this book for me. Significance has "imprint romance" with an awesome storyline and characters who have fantastic personalities. Shelly Crane won my heart over with Maggie and Caleb’s imprint romance. I will always love this kind of romance, and Crane writes one heck of an awesome storyline that keeps on delivering in this fantastic fantasy world of the Ace clans. All I can say is, Shelly Crane, I want more, more, lots more of Maggie and Caleb's significant romance, and thank you for your awesomeness for writing this novel.

Maggie is seventeen and just graduated high school, but this past year has been nothing to celebrate for her. Maggie's mom left her dad and her, plus Maggie's boyfriend, Chad, who she’s known her whole life and the only guy she thought she would ever be with, dumps her at the beginning of their senior year. No, there's nothing for Maggie to celebrate. But when Kyle asks her out after graduation, who's also a guy friend she’s known her whole life who's begged Maggie for the past year to go out with him after her break up with Chad, Maggie finally says, Why not? But when Maggie saves Kyle's cousin, nineteen year old Caleb, she doesn't realize she's going to lose her own life in the process and become part of the secret, supernatural world of the Ace.

Caleb and Maggie's imprint love is heart-swooning romance. Caleb made my heart beat a little too fast while reading this book. I also loved Kyle, Chad and Bish. Yeah I know, so many gorgeous guys in this story. But Kyle is my comic relief. He’s also ready to take on his cousin for taking his girl. Kyle had me saying, You go Kyle! And laughing the whole time. I hope Kyle will get some girl action in the next book. Then we have Bish, who is Maggie's big brother. He also had me laughing with his over protective big brother act. Chad is the heart-break, He had me crying my eyes out for him. I felt so sorry for Caleb with these three guys.

Significance is fantastic with plenty of action, drama, humor, and the awesome romance I live for. Shelly Crane, thank you so much for this amazing novel. I highly recommend Significance as a must read.