Review: The Gatekeeper’s Sons by Eva Pohler

Today I am reviewing The Gatekeeper’s Sons by Eva Pohler.  This is a wonderful paranormal young adult book.  I always enjoy stories that incorporate the Greek gods and goddesses.  This is a great first book in her series and I know I definitely will be picking up the other books.  Be sure to check out my whole review after the Book Blurb.

Book BLURB:

Gatekeeper's Sons Saga ebookFifteen-year-old Therese watches her parents die. While in a coma, she meets the twin sons of Hades—Hypnos, the god of sleep, and Thanatos, the god of death. She thinks she’s manipulating a dream, not kissing the god of death and totally rocking his world.

Than makes a deal with Hades and goes as a mortal to the Upperworld to try and win Therese’s heart, but not all the gods are happy. Some give her gifts. Others try to kill her.

The deal requires Therese to avenge the death of her parents. With the help of Than’s fierce and exotic sisters, the Furies, she finds herself in an arena face to face with the murderer, and only one will survive.

Review:

In Eva Pohler’s The Gatekeeper’s Sons we first meet Therese as she and her parents are leaving a function honoring her mother’s accomplishments.  What Therese doesn’t know is what happens leaving this event will turn her world upside down.  This one event not only turns her world upside down but also that of Thanatos’s world.  He, who is used to living a solitary life,is now literally touched by emotions he thought he would never get the chance to experience.  Than immediately knows he wants Therese but he knows he wants Therese to learn to love him for who he is and not because he is a God.  Than decides to go to his father, Hades and ask to be made mortal for a small amount of time to woo Therese and help her to avenge the wrong that has been done to her.  In the end will Therese be able to avenge her parents and be with Than or will Therese forever be mortal and live in fear for her own life?

I loved this book.  I thought is was a great story that is definitely hard to put down.  You immediately fall for the characters and root for Therese and Than to be together.  Though I did feel that I figured out what the outcome would be thanks to the thoroughness of the character development I was still sad when I was right.  I really loved how the story turned and how the incorporation of the Gods influences moved the story.  When I finally reached the end of the story I just stared at the page hoping for more.  I am so very grateful that the next two books in the series are already out and they will be immediately placed on my TBR list if not started ASAP.  If you enjoy a good romance with some PG Young Adult action you will adore this book and you will be like me and run to pick up the next in the series.

I’d like to thank Eva Pohler for letting me review her book and Innovative Online Book Tours for letting me host today’s spot on the tour.  If you’d like to learn more about Eva Pohler you can stop by any of her sites listed below.  For more about The Gatekeeper’s Sons you can go to Amazon, Barnes and Noble or any other book retailer.

BIO:

Snapshot_20120414_13 (3)Eva Pohler writes fiction for teens and adults and teaches writing and literature at The University of Texas at San Antonio, where she lives with her husband, three kids, two dogs, and two rats. She’s also an avid lover of books and animals.

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Fresh Face Friday: Vertigo by Gwenan Haines

Happy Friday, Everyone!  I know I can take a deep breath now that its Friday and can relax this weekend.  Today I am excited to bring to you Gwenan Haines and her book Vertigo.  It’s a wonderful suspenseful romance that keeps you on the edge of your seat with each turn.  Be sure to check out my whole review after the book blurb.  I know all of you will enjoy today’s edition.  This is a great beach/backyard read to just relax and enjoy your weekend with.  So, with that I hope you all enjoy today and have a great weekend!

Book Blurb:  (Courtesy of Goodreads)

17834341When attorney Blake Cartwright abandons a successful career to turn a dilapidated lighthouse into an inn, everybody thinks she’s gone a little bit crazy. After witnessing a body fall from the tower, Blake wonders if they might be right. According to local legend, the spirit of a former keeper’s wife lures women to their deaths in the icy water below. Has Blake witnessed a suicide, seen a ghost–or is she just seeing things?

Declan Hunter, the mysterious man she hires to help with renovations, doesn’t help matters. The man with the Navy SEAL physique claims to be nothing more than a local handyman, but Blake’s instincts warn her not to trust him. As the mystery deepens, she finds herself drawn into a dangerous labyrinth of secrets, lies, and murder. But the most serious danger of all may be falling for a man determined to leave her.

Review:

In Gwenan Haines’ book, Vertigo we first meet Lucy in the 1920’s.  She is the wife of an abusive, alcoholic lighthouse keeper.  To help keep the family afloat she must take over his job countless times due to his inability to complete those tasks.  She soon makes a plan to leave her husband and take her child, but before she can she dies tragically in what most of the local legends say was a suicide.  We than flash forward to the present and meet Blake Cartwright.  The just bought the old lighthouse and lighthouse keepers cottage to renovate and make into an Inn.  Blake soon after arriving gets a big surprise in Declan Hunter.  He is a handsome stranger she finds wandering her house.  As a former attorney Blake knows when a person has secrets and you sees Declan has more than his fair share.  But, as Blake is trying to settle into her new community eerie and unnerving things begin to happen making her question her reality and those around her.  Before long she is dragged into a murder mystery and being the guardian to a toddler.  As days pass Blake unwittingly gets closer to a very dangerous and life threatening situation that could cost her and the people she has grown to care about their lives.  Can she figure out what is really going on before she loses what’s important to her?

In this engrossing suspense/paranormal/romance book you are dragged in with Lucy’s story but stay for the über hot Declan and the feisty Blake.  I thought the story was very well told and the characters were layered and complete.  The story between Declan and Blake is very natural and doesn’t seem forced like some romance books.  Gwenan weaves he suspense, romance and little bit of paranormal well and makes you feel a part of the story.  Once you jumped on this roller coaster ride you didn’t want to get off until you were turning the last page.  I really enjoyed this quick and highly addictive book.  If you like Jerrie Alexander you will definitely like Gwenan Haines.

Author Bio: (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Gwenan Haines writes paranormal fiction, urban fantasy and romantic suspense. She loves to hear from readers and to befriend fellow paranormal junkies on Facebook.

Guest Post: Vampire Elite by Irina Argo

Today I have been lucky enough to have a spot on the Vampire Elite blog tour.  I am beginning to find myself a bit of a connoisseur of vampire and paranormal novels.  I really love them.  So, for a book to knock my socks off it takes a lot.  This story did just that.  It is unique and very diverse in its conception of all vampires.  Be sure to check out my review after the book blurb.  But, first Irina Argo is taking over to talk about a crucial aspect of Vampire Elite, the blood-bond.  So, I am passing the reigns over to Irina Argo.  I know you all will enjoy them.

 

Vampire Elite. Blood-Bond

July 22 Teaser

If the Amiti are what makes Vampire Elite unique, the blood-bond is what defines the relationship between the vampires and the Amiti, and as such it’s the driving force in the novel. Triggered when a vampire drinks from an Amiti’s vein, the blood-bond is a powerful physical and spiritual connection between them. It was one of the key powers bestowed on the Amiti by the goddess Hathor at the time of the Amitis’ original creation, intended to reflect their status as complements to vampires and to be a part of any loving relationship between the two races.

Blood-bonding opens a communication channel between the Amiti and the vampire, enabling the pair to locate each other (unless the Amiti shields from the vampire) and to sense each other’s thoughts and emotions. Moreover, if they choose, Amiti can share their supernatural powers with their vampire blood-bonds, healing them or even resurrecting them from death Both vampires and Amiti experience an extremely powerful urge to blood-bond, a desire that is part of their genetic code.

 

So what’s the problem? If you’re reading this, you know that vampires like control. And since the blood-bond enables the Amiti partner to do almost anything to the vampire partner, including burn them alive, it’s control on steroids. The power imbalance was part of Hathor’s plan, intended to protect the Amiti from vampires, who are predators by nature. For a vampire, the blood-bond means surrender and trust to a loved one. Is that even possible? In creating the Amiti, Hathor was betting that it was, but only time will tell for sure.

 

Book Blurb:

VampireElitecoversmall5_6Vampire Elite is a new vampire series

The first two parts are released in one volume

Vampire Elite

Part 1. Prophecy

Part 2. Keepers of the Key

What will he do if saving his people means destroying the woman he loves?

A millennia-long war between two immortal races is about to come to an end. Long ago, the Vampire Elite began capturing the immortals called the Amiti, attracted by their unique blood properties. Now most Amiti live in underground cells, forced to serve as vampires’ bloodstock. The few surviving free Amiti, preparing a final strike, have declared their Queen a traitor. Her execution makes possible the rise of a new Queen, her young daughter Arianna, who will inherit her mother’s mystical powers. Working with the Keepers of the Key, Arianna may be able to eliminate the vampires, once and for all, from the face of the earth.

The new Queen is the last hope to save her dying race

and she’s ready to fight to the last drop of her blood.

 But the King of the Vampires has other plans.

 What neither expects 

is the passion that erupts between them.

 Vampire Elite is an epic story of a bitter conflict between two immortal races, and the effect of that conflict on everyone living in its grip. The characters are driven to love and betrayal, vengeance and sacrifice in a world without easy black-and-white answers.

            Based on an ancient Egyptian legend, packed with action and intrigue, Vampire Elite will pull you into the entrancing world of immortals and open new portals into their hidden universe.

Review:

I adored this book.  It is a completely fresh and unique take on vampires.  I loved that the story is based on an Egyptian legend, but for some of the societies they brought in some Norse lore also.  It felt very diverse and the characters were very well written.  I must say that though this story is very sexually charged it doesn’t encompass the whole story.  Simone is one of the most prominent sexual beings but you really don’t see that until you are almost half-way through the book.  You see her love for Antar but you don’t realize how sexual she is until her tryst with Anock and Odji her bodyguards.  Also, I liked Simone but she was a bit aggravating at times.  Sometimes, when it came to Arianna her half Sister she was very kind and protective but others she was so selfish and self-centered it seemed almost like a multiple personality.  Though the book blurb really concentrates on Arianna and Tor’s story there are so many other people and stories going on you really develop a love for these characters and their search for love and blood.  Overall, I felt this was a great new edition to the Vampire genre.  It is fresh and unique.  Its steeped in legends from Egypt to Norse.  I personally can’t wait to read the next in the series.  If you like Vampire books you will love this!

I’d like to thank Irina Argo for stopping by today and Reading Addiction Book Tours for letting me host this stop.  If you’d like to learn more about Irina Argo be sure to check out their link below.  If you’d like more information about Vampire Elite you can go to Amazon, Barnes and Noble or any other book retailer.

Author Bio:

authors_photo5_6Irina Argo is a combined pen name for two authors, Irina Kardos and Jo-An
Torres.
Irina
Irina’s world is dark. She works as a clinical psychologist in a Juvenile
Correctional Facility dealing with the extremes of human behavior on a
regular basis and takes care of her paralyzed husband who suffered a stroke
several years ago. To bring light into her life she writes. Writing has always
been her passion. She is originally from Russia where she was employed as
a TV journalist.
Jo-An
Jo-An is a Leo, a lioness who has emerged to follow her dream, to someday
write a book of her own. She owned a costume shop for 15 years and was
able to satisfy and excel in her creative nature. She is an over-achiever and
believes that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and ignore the
nay-sayers. Her philosophy is based on Shakespeare “It is not in the stars to
hold our destiny, but in ourselves.” She currently resides in California with
her 5 cats and 1 husband.

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Twitter: @TheVampireElite

Fresh Face Friday: Iron & Wine by Candace Osmond

TGIF, Everyone!  I don’t know about you but with the heat we are suffering here it has seemed as if time was moving backwards.  But luckily we have all made to yet another Friday and I am psyched to introduce Candance Osmond and her book Iron & Wine to all of you.  It was a great story and read very well.  If you like paranormal you will definitely love this book.  Be sure to check out the rest of my review after the book blurb.  So, if you are like me and are melting with this heat you can always stay inside in the nice cool air and pick up Iron & Wine.

Book Blurb:  (Courtesy of Goodreads)

14625613Iron & Wine is an Urban Fantasy novel set in world full of hidden magical places and secret societies cloaked by modern day. In the first instalment of the Iron World Series, young artist Avery Quinn reluctantly leaves behind her quiet and comfortable home in the country and moves to the city with her best friend Julie Ryan. With the expectation that college will be the most exciting part of her life, Avery hopes that her little world remains quiet and simple. But after a troublesome blue sprite looking for help appears in her bedroom one night, her boss turns out to be a three hundred year old vampire, and her best friend accidentally reveals herself as an orphaned pixie, school quickly becomes the least of her worries. Every aspect of Avery’s life explodes with mythical beings and legendary creatures who all play a very important role in her existence. Some are friends, some are guardians, while others quickly become life threatening and deadly enemies. Avery must learn to juggle living in both her world and theirs. But, in this magical tale of strange love, strong bonds and scary beings; what once was nothing more than mere fairy tales told to her by her Aunt Tess are now a scary reality and Avery has somehow landed deep in the middle with little or no way out except death or worse…the loss of her humanity

Review:

In Iron & Wine we first meet Avery Quinn living with her Aunt Tess.  Avery is only a few days away from going to college and leaving the one person who has truly been there for her.  Her father, who has always traveled for work, left Avery with Tess at a young age.  It was Tess who introduced her to the folklore of the Fey and her very own garden appears as if it could be straight out of a fairy tale.  So, when Avery moves to the City with her best friend Jules she expects a change from what she is used to.  What she doesn’t realize is that she is going to interact with these fairy tales on a personal level.  Once Avery really sees the world around her she meets sprites, finds her roommate is a fairy, her employer is a vampire and is introduced to things she could only imagine.  But, not all these entities are good.  She must navigate a new life, new job, new school and possibly ward off evil Fae creatures that intend to do her harm.

I really enjoyed this story.  Candace Osmond creates a world that draws you in and makes you a part of it.  You could really relate to Avery and her predicaments.  It actually makes you question if you were her would you be able to handle what she does.  I thought the story and characters were well written and well-rounded.  I do wish we would have gotten more answers in this book instead of questions, but I suppose that is what a series is for.  I did notice a few grammatical errors here or there but that can usually be found in any book published independently or not.  The story is the most important and Candace hits a home-run with this one.  I can’t wait to find out more about Avery and all her friends.

Author Bio:  (Courtesy of Goodreads)

6094575Born in 1985 as Candace Osmond in North York Ontario, I began to travel with my parents at the very young age of four years old. I had lived all over Canada and seen everything my country has to offer, from the enchanting shores of Newfoundland to the gigantic snow capped mountains of British Columbia all by the time I was ten. I did, however, spend most of my life in Eastern Canada where I was surrounded by folklore and legends, not knowing how they would shape my personality and imagination for the rest of my life.
Being the only girl of my age in a small group of kids, in an even smaller town, left me spending most of my time by myself and, in result, letting my imagination take over. I would sit by the shore and dream up stories of mermaids and other fantastic creatures to pass the time. Coming from a family with writers and artists dispersed throughout, it was only natural that I spend my time writing, drawing and reading. I dreamed of becoming nothing more than an artist, a creator of any kind. By the age of eleven, I spent most of my waking hours scribbling down short stories, poems and anything else I could think of, while adding my own personal illustrations. By the age of fourteen, I had won numerous local and minor arts and writing competitions.
I excelled at anything art and literature related so, naturally, I planned to attend university for nothing more or less than that. In 2003 I planned to attend university for Creative Writing and Literary Studies. But, with the fear that I would spend all my time and money on an education and end up in a field that I may very well struggle to succeed in, I backed out and attended school for Design instead. Now, a successful Designer specializing in interiors, I met a man and fell in love. His passion and talent for art far exceeds my own, but he motivated me and awakened my old habits of staying up late and waking up early to scribble down dreams and ideas before I had forgotten them and they disappeared forever.

Review: The Last Execution by Jerrie Alexander

Today I am reviewing another great book by Jerrie Alexander.  If you haven’t read her yet you really need to pick up either The Green-Eyed Doll or The Last Execution.  She does a wonderful job of blending both Romance and Suspense.  Be sure to read the rest of my review of The Last Execution after the book blurb.  If you want to read about her first book The Green-Eyed Doll you can click here to read it.

17725563Book Blurb:

To survive, she must put the past behind her. To love, she must learn to trust.

Homicide detective Leigh McBride’s first assignment with the FBI brings her face-to-face with a past she’s tried hard to forget. And when her temporary partner, a cynical ex-marine, lights a fire in her she thought long-extinguished, her darkest secret is threatened.

Scarred both physically and emotionally, Special Agent J. T. Noble is a man of few words. He prefers to keep people at a distance–until he meets Leigh. He’s attracted to her strength and drawn in by her secrecy. But in their line of work, secrets can be deadly.

When the killer they are hunting aims his vigilante justice at Leigh’s past assailant, the fine line between right and wrong blurs. To heal the past–and find their future together–Leigh and J. T. must learn that only through trust and forgiveness can love grow.

Review:

As most of you know I don’t normally read and review too many suspense novels.  I’ve never been a person into the John Grisham and Dan Brown kinda suspense/ thriller books.  But, when Jerrie asked me to review another of her books I couldn’t pass it up.  I’m so glad I didn’t.  The Last Execution takes us on a wild ride through Atlanta chasing a vigilante sniper. We soon learn that it’s not just the sniper we have to worry about. We must also face Leigh’s ex-boyfriend/rapist/stalker.  With two villains comes two parallel storylines held together by JT and Leigh.  For most writers this would be a very tricky task to pull off.  Not only does Jerrie give us the view points of Leigh and JT but she also puts us in the minds of the vigilante and the rapist out for revenge.  Reading this review you may be thinking this could get to be a complicated read.   Don’t doubt there were times I had a take a small breather and recap for myself who was who and what they were doing.   But that is to be expected in such a complex story. It wasn’t just the suspense that was well-managed but the love story was built-in very genuinely and believably.  It would have been very easy for the love story to have just been thrown into the mix, but Jerrie weaves it throughout the story with wonderful fireworks and climaxes (pun intended 🙂 ).  I also loved that the characters and storyline was so believable.  I felt that Leigh’s character, though weepy with JT, pulled off what a modern woman working in a law enforcement position would do and how she would act.  Also, the story of the vigilante sniper I think was so real it could have been pulled from the headlines.  Overall, The Last Execution is one book you are going to want to snatch up.  Once you read it you will want to read more by Jerrie Alexander.  She is easily becoming one of my favorite suspense writers!

Author Bio:

6456327A student of creative writing in my youth, I set aside my passion when life presented me with a John Wayne husband, and two wonderful children. A career in logistics offered me the opportunity to travel to many beautiful locations in America, and I revisit them in my romantic suspense novels.

The characters went with me, talked to me, and insisted I share their dark, sexy stories with others. I writes alpha males and kick-ass women who weave their way through death and fear to emerge stronger because of, and on occasion in spite of, their love for each other. I like to torture people, make them suffer, and if they’re strong enough, they live happily ever after.

I live in Texas, love sunshine, children’s laughter, sugar (human and granulated), and researching for my heroes and heroines.

Fresh Face Friday: Hunger Moon by Melissa Snark

Happy Friday, Everyone! I hope you all have had yet another wonderful week and looking toward an even more wonderful weekend.  Today I am really excited to share this book and author with you.  Hunger Moon by Melissa Snark is a great addition to the Paranormal Romance genre.  I adored this addictive story and can’t wait for Victoria’s next adventure.  Be sure to check out my review after the book blurb.

17853994Book Blurb:  (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Valkyrie Victoria Storm desires nothing more than to provide her wolf pack with a safe haven, but her position as priestess to the Goddess Freya also brings with it certain… obligations. Not to mention complications.

War with the Barrett family resulted in the deaths of her parents and most of her pack. Now, hunters are hot on the trail of the remaining pack members. Sawyer Barrett, a human hunter hell bent on revenge, is convinced that Victoria murdered his brother. He will stop at nothing to see her dead.

Victoria must defend the survivors and somehow lead them to safety. Months on the run has weakened the pack, and there are newborn pups to protect, making swift travel impossible. Ahead, the promise of refuge beckons.

Their best chance for survival lies in Sierra Pines, California: Arik Koenig, a powerful, dominant male wolf. He promises to protect and provide for the pack, something Victoria knows the pack needs for survival. His mysterious past is riddled with violence and death, including the slaughter of his entire family twenty years before. His wife died under mysterious circumstances and his son, Logan, is rumored to be her killer.

What is truth? Who can she trust? The desperate spirit of Arik’s murdered wife calls out for help, and Logan begs for assistance in clearing his name. Victoria must solve a murder that has pitted father against son, rooted in a mystery reaching back two decades. Her quest starts her on a journey from the human world to Odin’s Valhalla and back again.

Victoria will find salvation or face destruction beneath the Hunger Moon…

Warning: story contains heart-stopping action scenes, sizzling hot sexual tension and language you wouldn’t want your mother to hear

Review:

Hunger Moon begins in a burning building with Victoria Storm holding a knife on a hunter who has been targeting her pack.  Victoria Storm is a Valkyrie and Priestess for the Goddess Freya.  She is also the Alpha of her pack of werewolves.  In being the Alpha it is her responsibility to protect what is left of her pack.  After one of her pack dies and she ushers him to Valhalla she is pointed in the direction of Sierra Pines, California.  She knows that there lies her lifemate, whomever that may be.  When she meets Arik Koenig she realizes immediately that he is her lifemate and very strong werewolf.  With Arik comes his son Logan.  Victoria immediately realizes things aren’t as perfect as they seem with the Koenigs and secrets threaten the safety of her pack.  She must decide to continue running from the hunters with no help or stay and figure out the secrets of Arik and Logan Koenig.  It is Victoria’s decision that will change the course of the pack and impact her life forever.

I really loved this book.  I didn’t realize this book was actually the second book in this series.  I was very impressed that this book almost read like a standalone book.  There were very few things that referred to the first book.  I fell in love with these characters and the story.  Victoria’s and Arik’s mini-courtship was quite steamy at times and you could understand why Victoria felt the way she did.  I really did feel for her though.  I felt bad that the relationship was kinda one-sided.  No matter how this story would have ended it would always be Victoria caring more for Arik and Arik still pining for his deceased wife.  I hope that with the next Victoria finds something a bit more lasting.  I get the feeling that Victoria has had so much loss it is time for something positive .  No matter what though I know I will be reading Melissa Snark’s next Victoria Storm book.  I even feel the need to go back and read the first one.  I would whole-heartedly recommend this book for any PNR fan.  Once you pick it up you will be like me and itching for more!

Author Bio: (Courtesy of Goodreads)

5756824A friend asked me once how I chose my pen name. I told her the following: “Melissa, because when people mix up my first name, it’s the most common goof up. Snark, because it amuses me. A) I love the word ‘snarky’ and B) I love Lewis Carroll.”

As an individual, I’m sarcastic, stubborn and blunt to a fault. I have a strange sense of humor and I like to laugh (usually at my husband or children), but also at myself. I’m not particularly extroverted, although I do enjoy time with my family and close friends a great deal.

At the moment, I’m a stay at home mom who writes in my spare time. I’ve got a B.S. from Arizona State University in Business, and I’ve worked a variety of different jobs, including as a medical device documentation specialist, a technical writer, and an auto liability adjuster.

I live in the San Francisco East Bay of Northern California with my husband, three kids, and three cats. My hobbies include roleplaying, cooking and reading.

I maintain a blog, which I update regularly at http://melissasnark.blogspot.com/

I enjoy hearing from my readers, so please drop me a line at MelissaSnark at gmail dot com.

Fresh Face Friday: Sucker Literary An Anthology Vol II

Ok. Ok.  I know it’s not Friday.  But, unfortunately I was at the beach for a little R & R and couldn’t get WiFi.  So, for a little Monday surprise I have my better late than never Fresh Face Friday edition.  I am spotlighting a great little anthology of Young Adult short stories.   They are fresh and quite attuned to what young adults go through.  For more of my review be sure to check it out after the book blurb.  On that note I hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoys the late edition of Fresh Face Friday.

17729688Book Blurb: (Courtesy of Goodreads)

When Alex’s bandmates invite a girl to sing lead, a battle of the sexes becomes a battle over something unexpected. . . A girl tells her friend about hooking up with longtime crush Fred, but his kisses are not what makes that night in his car memorable. . . A therapy session with Doug might just make Jason go insane again. . . Wallfower Aubrey hooks up with Gordon after the cast party, which would be fine if he weren’t the most forbidden fruit of them all…Savannah certainly doesn’t sound like a convicts name, so maybe hanging out with her isn’t all that dangerous. Miki is committed to getting over Dex, yet she can’t get him off her answering machine—or her doorstep. In between puffs of cigarettes and attempts to smear lipstick on her face, Allie’s grandmother dishes out advice that maybe Allie should take. . . And finally, what’s a girl to do with Satan as both her boss and father? Nine short stories pose the questions we obsess over whether we’re growing up or all grown up: Who should I love? Am I doing the right thing? Is there ever an end to heartbreak? In its second volume, SUCKER continues to showcase the very best emerging talent in young adult literature and give (some of) the answers to Life’s Big Questions along the way

Review:

This compilation of short stories is wonderful.  I am not normally a short story person.  I prefer full length  novels because they always seem more fulfilling to me.  But, with this collection I felt the stories all had wonderful beginnings, middles and ends.  Though there were a couple I would have love to read as a full novel.  For instance Aubrey and Gordon’s story.  There is so much that could be turned into full length novel.  I would have to say though one of my favorite stories was about Ella and Jonah in the story called Angels and Serendipity.  It was a story about loss but also fulfillment.  Ella having just lost her mother on the same day as the 9-11 tragedy.  Living in NY she herself searching for someone near the fallen towers on the behest of a woman she meets at the hospital.  She finds a young man in an alley covered in soot and helps him seek medical treatment.  It isn’t until she sees he’s being cared for does she realize she has fulfilled her promise.  It is a wonderful story.  It is something that many people can relate to and one I definitely wish would be a full length novel.  Overall, the characters in these stories are well-rounded and the story lines are extremely well-thought out and thoroughly written.  I would recommend this anthology for anyone.  Young or old you will be able to relate to one or all of these awesome stories.

For information about the authors be sure to check out:   http://www.suckerliterary.com

Review: Family Magic by Patti Larsen

Today I have the immense pleasure to review for you guys a wonderful Young Adult Paranormal book, Family Magic.  This is the first book in the Hayle Coven series.  It was extremely enjoyable and definitely a story that is very hard to put down.  Be sure to check out my whole review after the book blurb.

FAMILYMAGICebookBLURB:
Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of being ordinary. That my mom baked cookies instead of brewing spells. That my dad lived with us, not on the demon plane. All I ever wanted was to be like everyone else.

I know what you’re thinking. You’d die to live in my world. How cool would it be if magic was real and you could do anything?

You have no idea. Here I am in another new town, but it’s the same old thing. Cheerleader bullies? How original. Friendless again? Who’s surprised? I suck at fitting in. Especially when I’m in the middle of saving my family from total destruction.

My name is Sydlynn Hayle, and that’s my life.

Trade you.

Review:

I really enjoyed Patti Larsen’s Family Magic.  I think the story was engaging and kept you moving along with the characters.  The characters are very well written.  I know that teen angst is always difficult to make believable, but Syd’s angst and troubles with her mother was very relatable.   I can guarantee any teenager will tell you they have felt the way Syd does and they don’t have magical powers to top their list of problems.  I also really liked that Patti added in some really good core values of what every teen should take to heart.  Things like being yourself and accepting yourself and others will make things a whole lot better.  I thought this was a great pep talk that just so happened to have witches and vampires.  Overall, this was a great story and I would definitely recommend this to teenagers, parents of teenagers and anyone else who ever felt they were different and had trouble fitting in.

I’d like to thank Patti Larsen and Innovative Online Book Tours for giving me the chance to review this book.  If you’d like more information about Family Magic you can go to Amazon, Barnes and Noble or any other book retailer.

Author Bio:

PL_204cropPatti Larsen is an award-winning middle grade and young adult author with a passion for the paranormal. But that sounds so freaking formal, doesn’t it? I’m a storyteller who hears teenager’s voices so loud I have to write them down. I love sports even though they don’t love me. I’ve dabbled in everything from improv theater to film making and writing TV shows, singing in an all girl band to running my own hair salon.

But always, always, writing books calls me home.

I’ve had my sights set on world literary domination for a while now. Which means getting my books out there, to you, my darling readers. It’s the coolest thing ever, this job of mine, being able to tell stories I love, only to see them all shiny and happy in your hands… thank you for reading.

As for the rest of it, I’m short (permanent), slightly round (changeable) and blonde (for ever and ever). I love to talk one on one about the deepest topics and can’t seem to stop seeing the big picture. I happily live on Prince Edward Island, Canada, home to Anne of Green Gables and the most beautiful red beaches in the world, with my very patient husband and four massive cats.

ONLINE LINKS:

Amazon Author page  http://www.amazon.com/Patti-Larsen/e/B005H8I3KO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

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