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Storm of Arranon

13553378by: R. E. Sheahan

Pages: 287

Published by Rule of Three Press

ISBN: 1466234970

From Goodreads: Beneath Erynn’s petite build, curly red hair, and startling blue eyes, lies a deeply hidden secret.If the truth about her were revealed, her life would be in danger. Her dream to be a fighter pilot would tailspin,crash, and burst into flames.
Jaer’s wise brown eyes reflect his smoldering strength. An enigma, charismatic and moody, he is a physically powerful warrior who defends his world. A warrior afraid to love because of mistakes in his past.
When the presence of a marauding alien society is discovered on their planets, a struggle of life and death begins. Both Erynn and Jaer’s worlds face annihilation.
A mysterious force plunges Erynn into Jaer’s cold, dangerous, and beautiful world with its magical essence and living consciousness. Both the alien enemy and this strange inexplicable power purse Erynn.

There were things I liked about this book and things I didn’t. Overall, I think this novel is great for science fiction/fantasy young adult fans. It’s definitely unique, so it’s not lot any other novel you’re gonna pick up when browsing through the young adult section. This book also was beautifully written. If you’re someone who likes to visualize everything while reading, then you’ll probably really like the description. I thought it was a bit much at times. I found myself losing interest in some places, but I know that that is a personal thing and that it shouldn’t be held against the writer. A lot of people really like detailed descriptions, especially when it comes to descriptions of other worlds. I also found myself getting confused sometimes. I wanted less description of the land and more of what was going on. I had trouble keeping up with the storyline at times and I felt like the author knew a lot about what was going on, but that we as readers didn’t get to know any of it. I wanted more explanation. Erynn is a very strong heroine though and she’s smart, which is something that I think is missing in a lot of books these days. I find myself wanting to throw them against the wall because of the decisions they’re making, but I never felt that way about Erynn. I did question some of her emotions from time to time, but I never questioned her judgement. I think if you’re looking for a fresh voice in science fiction and to escape to an entirely different world/universe, then this book would be good for you. 🙂

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Vala: Heritage

13691753by: J.F. Jenkins

Published: May 15th, 2012 by Astraea Press

ASIN: B0083E4UNI

From Goodreads: Jewl Dite has always struggled with her heritage. Being the daughter of the goddess of love, she questions everything about the emotion. Which is a bummer because she’s head over heels for Anj Willam, and thinks the feelings are mutual. It’s hard to be sure though when she has magic that has been known to bewitch men into devoting themselves to her. Somehow they’re able to strike a balance in their dysfunctional on-again, off-again relationship however.

This balance is disrupted however when a strange boy named Teague enters her life and brings along with him a group of demons. Demons who want to make a deal with her in exchange for the safety of everyone she loves.

Now to protect those she holds most dear, Jewl must rely on the magic she’s been trying so desperately to avoid. But at what cost? Will the boy she loves accept this dark secret, or will she lose him forever?

 

I enjoyed this novel, even though I was really hesitant going into it. I didn’t like the character of Jewl at all in the last novel. I thought she was incredibly annoying. I knew this novel would change my mind about her a little bit though and it did to an extent. I did still have some issues with her. I thought she seemed to get very angry and act out when it seemed like a few seconds before she’d only been mildly upset. Beyond that though, I did find her character a lot more relatable. I thought this was a nice continuation of the story and it gave us a better insight into things that were happening in the first one that we might not have completely understood. I didn’t fully understand Jewl’s hesitation to tell Anj about being diving. I know that he claimed to not like them, but he never had any issues with Cheyenne and Jewl should’ve know that Anj loved her completely, regardless of her background. I liked all of the backstory we got for Jewl. It really was an interesting storyline and it made her character a lot deeper for me. I think if you read the first one, this was is worth picking up as well, even if you found Jewl as annoying as I did. 😛 🙂

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Vala: Agendas

13011839by: J.F. Jenkins

Published: October 17th, 2011 by Astraea Press

ASIN: B005WNXJRG

From Goodreads: Cheyenne Loveless was just a boring sixteen-year-old girl. Then Denver Collins bit her and everything changed. Her plants start talking to her, she finds out she’s a Nymph, and a witch and the angel of death show up at her doorstep to take her away to the prestigious Vala School and Seminary. Oh, and she has no choice in the matter.
All she wants to do is blend in and return to being invisible, but the more time that passes, the harder that becomes. Plus she’s a daughter of the Divine, an exclusive secret society which rules the world of myth, and discovers she is a key ingredient to an ancient covenant created before she was born. A covenant that will reshape the order of the world.
Adjusting to a new school is difficult enough, but adding on everyone else’s hidden agendas is the icing on the cake. Cheyenne must learn to see through the lies in order to find her place — and possibly even love — in this new world.

 

I was drawn into this novel from the very beginning. I’ve always liked stories where the main character finds out they never really belonged in the place they have been all their life. I like the idea that they are destined for bigger and better things. I did have some trouble with this novel though. I thought that the fact that she could talk to plants should have been more relevant to the overall plot. I found myself kind of forgetting that was even something she could do. I wanted to know more about what it meant for her to be divine. I also found it kind of annoying that she was so attracted to almost every guy she ran into. I did like Cheyenne as a character though, I liked reading about a sixteen year old that was responsible and while she WAS attracted to all of these guys, she never wanted it to go anywhere inappropriate. I felt like the resolution came and went very quickly. I wanted a little more. I think that this author has created really interesting worlds, but we don’t always get as much information as we would like. I could tell from reading that there definitely was a lot more going on. I’d say if you’re looking for an interesting young adult fantasy novel you should pick this up though, it isn’t at all like any of the mainstream ones I’ve read, which was very refreshing. Also, every single novel that I’ve read from this author has had an absolutely stunning cover, and this is definitely no exception!

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Legend of the Touched

14718453by: J.F. Jenkins

Pages: 355

Published:  May 28th 2012 by Astraea Press

From Goodreads: Darien and Tai Oceina have not been married for long, but already they have one of the most complicated relationships and it hasn’t even been a year yet. He is the leader of a nation and a dragon. She is carrying their first child who is supposed to be “the answer”. As Darien dives further into the politics of his people, a wedge is driven deeper between him and his wife.

Twin brothers Jason and Matthias Inero were always inseparable. For the first time in their lives they are apart from each other. Matt continues to do the will of their father, the corrupted Dragon Lord of the Inero, while Jason has fled with his bride to an island where he can forget about everything. Or try to. Being possessed by a demon makes that hard to achieve, and as the creature fights to control his body, Jason discovers a lot of shocking truths about his lineage and destiny.

The two worlds of fire and water collide as both dragon tribes prepare for war with the other. Matthias is determined to crush Darien’s people. Only an ancient spell will give Darien enough power to fight back and have any hope at winning. The spell is complicated however and requires all four dragon tribes to work together in harmony. Something that is a lot easier said than done.

 

I really liked that this story was the continuation of the other two novels, so we can see both sides of the story and how the two different types of dragon societies interact with each other. I thought it was a really interesting read and I had trouble knowing which side I should be rooting for. I could see the author’s growth as a writer in this novel. I could tell she had really fallen in love with her characters and knew where she wanted them to go. This book is longer than the previous two, but it is a very quick read. I did feel like everything was resolved too quickly and I would have liked a little more considering the investment I’d made as a reader into this series. Overall though, I think this series is great for young adult fantasy fans. Everything was tied up in this novel very nicely and I thought it was a fun and enjoyable read. Can I also just say again how beautiful I think these covers are?  🙂

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Legend of the Inero Dragon

13418142by: J.F. Jenkins

Pages: 180

Published: January 16th 2012 by Astraea Press

ASIN: B006YTWBRQ

From Goodreads: Twin brothers Jason and Matthias Inero are the favorite sons of the great dragon lord of fire. More often than not they get whatever they want. Matt wants to do great things for his people while Jason wants to go off and explore the world. Both can have what they desire, but not until they take a bride and enter into adulthood.

Enter Kat and Gwen, two girls from very different backgrounds. Kat is happy to leave her home when the royal guard comes to bring her to loving arms of her childhood sweetheart, Matt. Gwen on the other hand is livid to be taken from her farm only to be thrust into Jason’s life, and he’s not to thrilled with the idea either. They have one year to find happiness with each other, or else they will be placed at the mercy of the ruthless dragon lord Lynx. Favorite or not, dragon law must be obeyed.

As their nation begins to prepare for war against a neighboring tribe, the brothers find themselves as key components in the battle plans. A dark prophet has had a vision of Inero victory, but at what cost? Both must decide where their loyalties lie and what they’re willing to sacrifice – including each other – to achieve their goals.

 

This is the second in the Dragons Saga. This novel focuses on the Inero dragons, who were the enemies in the previous novel. So naturally, I went into this story wanting to hate them. Of course, as the story progressed I started to understand where they were coming from and why they did the things they did. I love stories that make me see both sides and the line between “good” and “bad” gets blurred. I also really enjoyed that this novel takes place at the same time as the other one. It really is a different view of the same period of time. I have to say, I enjoyed the way this society worked a lot better than the Oceina one. I think that the way they choose their wives is a lot better, even if the majority of those relationships don’t last. I liked that Kat and Matt were sweethearts before all of the drama occurs. I’m always a sucker for young love that’s meant to be. I also liked the way Gwen and Jason’s relationship develops. They learn to love each other even though everything is against them in the beginning.  Overall, I enjoyed this novel even more than the previous one. I think this is a great setup for what’s to come in this series and I’d say that anyone that picks the previous novel and this one up is going to want to keep going. You can’t just stop with this one! Like I said in my previous review, these are dragons like you’ve never seen before! If you’re a fantasy/young adult fan, pick these up and get absorbed into a new kind of fantasy world. 🙂

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Legend of the Oceina Dragon

by: J. F. Jenkins

Pages: 168

Published: February 21st, 2011 by Astraea Press

ASIN: B004OYT9AK

From Goodreads: Darien Oceina is the youngest son of the Great Dragon Lord of the Water. For years he’s loved and cherished Tai Dawson from afar. Tai is a simple, ordinary girl who doesn’t even know Darien exists. On his eighteenth birthday, he chooses her as his wife. But there’s one problem: She thinks his choice means she’s going to be offered as a sacrifice to the Dragon Lord, but instead, she’s forced to move to his home, far away, to give up her life and be his bride.

When she first sees Darien after the ceremony, she doesn’t expect to feel anything but hatred toward him. The two are struggling with the complications of a new marriage when their nation is attacked by a rival dragon species. Together they learn to love one another while they struggle to stay one step ahead in a game where the prize is their survival.

 

Oh man, can I just say how much I LOVE dragons. I couldn’t wait to pick up this series. But let me also say that if you’re looking for the kind of dragons you normally read about, this is NOT the book for you. These dragons are a very different kind and I love it. These dragons spend most of their lives in human form and they have different powers, as well as being able to change into their dragon forms. They also have elemental powers. The dragons this novel focuses on are the ocean ones, which I thought was really cool. I found the relationship between Darien and Tai to be a little strange when I first started reading. Darien felt like a little bit of a stalker, but their relationship grew on me and I found myself really caring about these characters by the end. I did also have a few moments where I felt like Darien and Tai were making decisions and having to deal with things that seemed like it would be way too much for how old their characters felt to me. They felt like they were very young to me. That might have just been because I never had to deal with anything that was even close to this level of difficult when I was that age. But beyond that, I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast read and I found myself excited to pick up the next one. I would recommend this to young adult fantasy fans. There’s a lot of things happening in this novel and you can tell there’s a lot more to come. I think this is a great introduction to this universe and it gives the reader a great start to get them used to this type of dragon and how everything work. (Also, that cover is gorgeous!) 🙂

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The Super Spies and the High School Bomber

This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate. The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?

My review: After reading the first novel in the series I couldn’t wait for more! This book definitely didn’t disappoint. The action kicked in right away and had me on on the edge of my seat through the entire thing. There’s something about the way these books are written that has me biting my nails and feeling nervous for these girls in every situation they get themselves into. I just love the characters in these novels. They have this incredible way of finding their way into extremely dangerous situations, but they do it in such a way that is completely believable. They also each have distinct personalities that I really enjoy reading about. The storyline is very original and it is different from a lot of the books I read and I think that’s part of what made me enjoy this book and the previous one. They’re books that will keep you turning the pages and escaping reality for a couple hours. I read this novel in basically one sitting, I was that hooked! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for action and adventure! I would recommend this to young adults or adults wishing to relive their childhood a little bit while embarking on a literary adventure! I do think the writing has improved from the previous novel and that the action was even greater. This novel is definitely worth the read and I hope so see much more in the future! 🙂

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From Fame to Shame

by: Veronica Blade

Pages: 125

Published: April 2012 by Crush Publishing Inc

ISBN: 9780985343

From Goodreads: When good-girl Maddie switches places with her famous bad-girl twin Jackie, she has some pretty high stilettos to fill.

Despite the danger of tabloid drama if their identity swap is discovered, Maddie has to save her sister’s butt. When Jackie’s ex-boyfriend shows up with a rekindled spark for “Jackie,” his deep gray eyes and sweet kisses make Maddie’s heart thumpety thump. But dating the guy who dumped her sister is a no-no. Too bad Dallas isn’t used to girls saying no. What will happen when he discovers Maddie’s deception?

 

This was a sweet little story that didn’t take me long to read at all. You could definitely sit down and read this in one sitting. This was definitely a novel I would’ve devoured if I were a little younger. I’ve kind of lost that fantasy that a celebrity will fall in love with me, so I found myself finding some of the scenes a little silly. But overall, I really did enjoy it. I liked the way Maddie had to pretend to be her sister, because the that’s exactly the kind of tension that has me squirming in my seat when I read it. I got really nervous for Maddie and I found myself wanting to yell at her to not say certain things. 🙂 I think that if you’re looking for something really fun and lighthearted, this is for you. There is some swearing, which could be a problem for a YA novel, but if you don’t think that’s going to bother you, then definitely you should check this book out. It’s a nice little escape from reality for a few hours, especially if you’re a young adult yourself, or you just want to remember what it was like to be that age. 🙂

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BaSatai: Outside In

by: Suzan Battah

Published: April 14th, 2012 by Smashwords

ISBN: 9781476247076

From Goodreads: Seventeen year old, Armani Radnelaq a full blooded BaSatai is plagued by a curse in her blood. A curse created from hate and designed to break the divide between two parallel worlds of Earth and H-trae when Armani’s blood is spilled in attack and she dies.

S’teuqoubs have been travelling back and forth across the divide for centuries without trouble. The BaSatai and Guardians monitoring activity and enforcing rules to ensure peace and harmony but if the divide splits and opens, a much greater number of supernatural S’teuqoubs will filter into earth destroying equilibrium which the BaSatai and Guardians will be unable to control. Humanity and the BaSatai will suffer and perish. The parallel divide must remain secure at all costs.

Armani has remained hidden on earth with her adopted father Elijah since her birth. She has been raised in the human way and fights her natural instinct to evolve into a BaSatai. The BaSatai in her requires her to evolve and shift, use her powers and strength. Yet Armani is freaked out by the need to shift. She smokes, has a bad attitude, must deal with aggressive bullies and control her natural BaSatai instinct. Her Guardian with BaSatai Warriors are coming for her. She refuses to accept her fate and doesn’t believe any BaSatai should die to protect her.

The blood curse maturing in her veins makes her a target for her enemies. Her Guardian Karhl and an elite BasSatai Warrior Rafael are the first to arrive and prepare her for her crossing over. Her attraction to Rafael complicates her purpose to stay on earth even more. They both insist she fall into line and follow their lead but she is not ready to leave earth just yet…

 

Okay, so I had a little trouble with this novel. It’s not that I didn’t find the world fascinating, because I did. The problem I had was that I didn’t know enough about it. I felt like there were things I was missing all the time. The story itself is very good and very interesting. The characters themselves are also very complex and I loved the emotions that ran so deeply through this novel. I just found myself very confused about a lot of things, and maybe that’s just something for me personally. I had trouble understanding why Armani seemed so unwilling to learn and do the things she knew would help, especially when she feels so guilty about all of these people pledging their lives to her. I also wish I had a better understand of what exactly this blood curse is and why it was necessary for her to be on Earth. Maybe these are things I missed myself. (I will admit I read this during the chaos of my graduation from college.) There was just so much about this book that I wish had been explained more. I didn’t understand why she knew so little about her people and didn’t know any others until Rafael and Kharl showed up because it seems like they had hangouts all over Earth and that their presence was quite prominent. I don’t know. I did find the world very fascinating and I definitely would want to read the next one because I am interested and want to know more about what’s happening and see if maybe some of my confusion can be cleared up. That being said the writing is very good and I did enjoy this story. I would recommend it to young adult and fantasy lovers, especially because I think some of the confusion was just me. After reading other reviews of this book it seems like I’m really the only one that had these problems so I’m hoping I get to read more and fix this. 🙂

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Something Witchy This Way Comes

by: Veronica Blade

Pages: 394

Published: November 30th 2011 by Crush Publishing

ISBN: 0979886945

From Goodreads: Brainiac Tessa McClean’s newly discovered magical powers give her hope of an escape from her inadequate life. But the thrill of being a witch fades when she learns of a rival coven and begins to suspect her own coven’s objective. Evidence tells Tessa to trust one side, but instinct drives her toward the other.
When Hayden Anders, the most delinquent kid in school (and the toughest) offers self-defense lessons in exchange for tutoring, the timing couldn’t be better. Though the idea of hanging out with a bad-boy that tempting is unnerving, staying alive amidst warring witches takes priority. She vows to hold onto her values and not surrender to the bad-boy she begins to secretly want.
Together, Tessa and Hayden uncover the truth about the two factions; a truth that explains why the covens will stop at nothing to lure her to their side. Tessa has only a matter of weeks to form an alliance with one coven or the other, but the wrong decision could cost Tessa the lives of all those she loves; including Hayden.

 

This was a really fun read. Although, to me, this story seemed more about Hayden and Tessa than it did about everything that was going on in regards to witches. That part was very interesting, as well, and I liked how everything about the witchcraft was easy to believe and easy to understand. I didn’t find myself having to go back and figure anything out like I sometimes have to when a fantasy world gets too complex. The reading was also quick and easy. I didn’t find myself getting bored or skipping parts. Everything was a fun and entertaining read. The chemistry between Hayden and Tessa was incredible. That’s why I think this is more of their story. There’s something just so appealing about taming a bad boy. Hayden was someone who probably won’t initially seem like a hero, or even a character, that you’ll particularly love. But stick around, he’s wonderful. 🙂 I really did enjoy this story and I liked that even though there were references to things, there was nothing in this novel that couldn’t be read by a younger reader. I definitely recommend this book for someone looking for a fun, young, fantasy.

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