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Authors I Love – Kelley Armstrong

Okay, I chose to start off this newest section of posts with an author who has put out amazing series after amazing series. Even through genre changes she has been the most imaginative writer I have read to date. With as many series as she has out you would think things would start to overlap. Well, let me be the first to tell you, they don’t. I am always excited when I see something new from her and even if I haven’t finished one series, I pick up the next.

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Women of the Otherworld

Some of you may have noticed that the first book of this series is called Bitten. And yes, it is THAT Bitten. SyFy has done a fantastic job of bringing these characters to life. If you haven’t seen it, or even if you have, you must read these books. They are one of the best Urban-Fantasy series out there.

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The Darkest Powers

Yes, this is a young-adult series and it is fantastic! I had a hard time convincing my best friend to read her adult series when we first became friends but then this series came out and I jumped on it. I ended up letting her borrow them and she has trusted my judgment since.

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Darkness Rising

While these just didn’t have the impact the first trilogy had they still made for an amazing read. I would almost recommend reading them before The Darkest Powers simply to avoid the very minor disappointment.

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Sea of Shadows is the first in a fairly new high fantasy series. These books will have you hooked from the onset. They do switch perspective often, which is a minor pet peeve of mine, so be prepared for that.

And lastly

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Cainsville

This series is on my TBR shelf but I am thoroughly excited about it.

I hope this encourages you to give Kelley Armstrong a try if you haven’t already. She is an amazing author and I can’t say enough good things about her

Also, if you have read her Women of the Underworld series check out Bitten on SyFy or Netflix. Laura Vandervoort as Elena will blow you away, and they could not have cast a better Alpha (Jeremy) as Greg Bryk.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Halfway to the Grave – Jeaniene Frost

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Synopsis:

Cat, half-vampire/ half-human, is on the hunt for her father, literally. He ruined her mother’s life and she wants nothing more than to stick a stake in his undead heart.

Things get complicated as she is making her rounds one night and falls prey to an ubber blonde, British vampire with an annoying habit of overusing the word Luv. He agrees to team up with her and hunt down her father if she will help him in return.

Review:

Cat = Buffy
Bones = Spike

Any female growing up in the 90’s could give a verbatim description of the blonde vampire that made us love to hate the bad guy, (or just simply, love the bad guy) Spike. But to literally copy a character… I felt like I was reading a sloppy fan-fiction. Please, someone save me from my paranormal-romance hell.

Quotes:

Watch Buffy the one-liners are way better.

Recommendations:
(Please, pick these up instead)

Dead Witch Walking – Kim Harrison
Bitten – Kelley Armstrong
Darkfever – Karen Marie Moning
Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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10 Must Read Young Adult Fantasy Novels

So, the last time I posted this, it was the Zombie edition and there were only five. However, the YA Fantasy genre has blown up over the last few years and there are some very good novels/series out there. You may even see an author on here twice. And here is the list, in no particular order.

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1. The Hedgewitch Queen – Lilith Saintcrow

This book was a fantastically quick read with a rich setting and a quite twisty plot.

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Vianne di Rocancheil is a lady waiting at the Court of Arquitaine, where she studies her books, watches for intrigue, and shepherds her foolhardy Princesse through the glittering whirl. Court is a sometimes-unpleasant waltz, especially for the unwary, but Vianne treads its measured steps well.

Unfortunately, the dance has changed. Treachery is afoot in gilded and velvet halls. A sorcerous conspiracy is unleashed, with blood, death, and warfare close behind. Vianne must flee, carrying the Great Seal of Arquitaine with her. This is the one thing the conspirators need to rule, and they won’t rest until they have it. A life of dances, intrigues, and fashion has not prepared Vianne for this. Nor has it prepared her for Tristan d’Arcenne, Captain of the King’s Guard and player in the most dangerous games conspiracy can devise. Yet to save her country and avenge her Princesse, Vianne will become what she must and do whatever is required.

A Queen can do no less. 

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2. Poison Princess – Kresley Cole

I came across this book on audible. It was suggested for me and I had a few credits and no idea what to spend them on. I decided to go for it because I love her adult series (as with most in this list). I was not let down.

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She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen-year-old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side. 

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3. The Summoning – Kelley Armstrong

This series has some genuinely scary moments but it truly plays to my own fears, so there’s that.

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My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don’t even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost – and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won’t leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House… before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

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4. Wicked Lovely – Melissa Marr

This series is a great Fae series. Be warned that the series bounces back and forth between characters. I enjoyed this but I know a couple of people who were put off by it.

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Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty – especially if they learn of her Sight – and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention.
But it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

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5. Marked – P.C. and Kristin Cast

I may be a bit biased when it comes to this series simply because it is set in my home town and the characters go to some of my favorite places in my home town. That being said, this is a great novel that takes Native American folklore and puts a new and interesting twist on it. Love it.

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After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny – with a little help from her new vampyre friends (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them)

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6. Intertwined – Gena Showalter

This was my introduction to Mrs. Showalter, unlike the others where I read their adult series first. I loved the lead character in this novel and I loved the easy flow of the book. Mrs. Showalter is imaginative, to say the least. Her works always keep me entranced.

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Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:

One can time travel.
One can raise the dead.
One can possess another human.
One can tell the future.

Everyone thinks he’s crazy, which is why he’s spent his entire life shuffled between mental institutions and juvie. All of that is about to change, however. For months Aden has been having visions of a beautiful girl—a girl who carries centuries-old secrets. A girl who will either save him or destroy him.

Together they’ll enter a dark world of intrigue and danger… but not everyone will come out alive. 

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7. Sea of Shadows – Kelley Armstrong

While this one isn’t quite as good as The Summoning, it is still quite a good read. I loved the purly original plot line and I loved the main characters. A must read for ANY fantasy fan.

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In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.

Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.

Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known. Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls cross a once-empty wasteland, now filled with reawakened monsters of legend, as they travel to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court—one that will alter the balance of their world forever. 

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8. The Iron King – Julie Kagawa

This is such a throwback to the old school Fae stories I have always loved with a little twist. I loved everything about this novel and I can’t wait to finish the series (she also has a series about dragons I have not read yet).

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Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

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9. The Fallen – Thomas Sniegoski

This has been a favorite of mine for a long time. It was before its time and will have a special place in my heart forever. Also, look into who played Aaron in the made for TV movie ;D

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On his eighteenth birthday, Aaron begins to hear strange voices and is convinced he is going insane. But having moved from foster home to foster home, Aaron doesn’t know whom he can trust. He wants to confide in the cute girl from class, but fears she’ll confirm he’s crazy.

Then a mysterious man begins following Aaron. He knows about Aaron’s troubled past and his new powers. And he has a message for Aaron: As the son of a mortal and an angel, Aaron has been chosen to redeem the Fallen.

Aaron tries to dismiss the news and resists his supernatural abilities. But he must accept his newfound heritage — and quickly. For the dark powers are gaining strength, and are hell-bent on destroying it.

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10. A Demon Made Me Do It – Penelope King

I have been doing read for reviews for a few years now and I was thrilled to have been given a copy of this novel for review. This harkens to the old Fae tales but instead of Fae, she uses demons.

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Half human, half demon Liora Greyson just wants to survive her final year of high school unscathed, her dark secret intact. But the walls she’s carefully constructed to keep people out crack wide open once she meets the sexy and mysterious Kieron Ambrose, and he lights her cold world on fire. 

But it turns out Kieron has a few dark secrets of his own. Secrets that will either save or destroy her.
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This list may seem incomplete to some but keep in mind, I have not read everything from the genre. This is just a top 10 so far. I have quite a few others on my radar that I just haven’t read yet. Kate Elliot and Victoria Aveyard are on that list, so I will post reviews as I read them but don’t think that this list won’t be added to in the future. I may revise with a top 20… who knows.

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

5 Must Read Young Adult Series’ (Zombie Edition)

So, I am a huge fan of fantasy novels! I am pretty sure you have guessed that by now. I am also a fan of young adult. Some people shy away from it, generally because they think the writing is sub par or the content is sub par. Me, I just like a good story. And let’s be honest, many books today are filled with so much sex that there isn’t much plot. In some cases there is no plot at all. Well, with young adult, you actually have to have a story to tell… Can’t sell sex to kids… Even though young adult does have some sex in it, it is not the driving force of the novel. So… Without further adieu… I give you my top 5 young adult series, Zombie Edition!

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Rot and Ruin – Jonathan Maberry

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In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

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Alice in Zombieland – Gena Showalter

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She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. But that’s all it takes. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth- Carrie Ryan

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In Mary’s world there are simple truths. 
   The Sisterhood always knows best. 
   The Guardians will protect and serve. 
   The Unconsecrated will never relent.
   And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. 
   But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power. And, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.
   Now, she must choose between her village and her future, between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

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The Enemy – Charlie Gibson

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In the wake of a devastating disease, everyone sixteen and older is either dead or a decomposing, brainless creature with a ravenous appetite for flesh. Teens have barricaded themselves in buildings throughout London and venture outside only when they need to scavenge for food. The group of kids living a Waitrose supermarket is beginning to run out of options. When a mysterious traveler arrives and offers them safe haven at Buckingham Palace, they begin a harrowing journey across London. But their fight is far from over-the threat from within the palace is as real as the one outside it.
Full of unexpected twists and quick-thinking heroes, “The Enemy” is a fast-paced, white-knuckle tale of survival in the face of unimaginable horror.

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Feed – Mira Grant

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The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. 

The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives – the dark conspiracy behind the infected. 

The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

The Magicians’ Guild

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Synopsis:

Every other year, the citizens of Imardin are forced to undergo a purge. The Magicians, cloaked in a magical shield scour the streets forcing the unwanted “dwells” out of the city. As usual, these low class city dwellers are angry and spiteful at being forced from their homes and general chaos ensues. The Magicians are unfazed, nothing can touch them through their shield. That is until a seemingly normal child hurls a rock at one of the Magicians breaking the barrier and knocking said Magician unconscious. In retaliation many of the Magicians turn to stun the attacker, only to create a much larger spell hitting an unintended target, killing him and sending the girl on the run.

Sonea is left clueless as to how she broke the Magicians shield but she knows that the killing blow the Magicians dealt to the young boy beside her was meant for her. She takes off, only to remain on the run from the most powerful group of people in Imardin. While on the run she will find she must take extreme measures to stay hidden. While on the run the Guild extends an offer for her to join their ranks, but are they sincere or just trying to flush her out?

Review:

This was quite an amazing first novel! I am so happy I picked it up. This is my first Trudi Canavan novel and I can’t wait to pick up the second one.

There are some elements of the novel that are cliche, but that was all made okay by the fact that the story line is amazing. There were no surprises, meaning I saw the twists coming a mile away, but it still made for an engrossing read. I would give this book a 4.5 stars simply because it kept my attention the entire time and had a great ending.

Favorite Quotes:

“It is said, in Imardin, that the wind has a soul, and that it wails through the narrow streets because it is grieved by what it finds there.” 
― Trudi Canavan, The Magicians’ Guild

“How am I going to make friends with these people if all I can think of is how easy it would be to rob them?” 
― Trudi Canavan, The Magicians’ Guild

“Nodding, Cery strode to the door and stepped through. Though the burly guards eyes him suspiciously, Cery smiled back. Never make enemies of someone’s lackeys, his father had taught him. Better still, make them like you a lot.” 
― Trudi Canavan, The Magicians’ Guild

Recommendations :

Ill Wind – Rachel Caine
Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb
The Lion of Senet – Jennifer Fallon
The Innocent Mage – Karen Miller

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2015 in Uncategorized