Review: The Spellbinder’s Sonata by Stephanie Keyes

Today I get to bring to you one of my favorite indie young adult authors, Stephanie Keyes.  Her newest book is an addictive mix of phantom of the opera and beauty and the beast.  The minute I started this book I couldn’t put it down.  Her wonderful storytelling ability continues to grow and with this book it is an excellent showcase of her talent and imagination.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

42036225Book Blurb:

Beauty and the Beast meets The Phantom of the Opera in a tale of magic, music, and one dark curse.

Griffin Dunn is a brilliant piano virtuoso and a guest at the lavish Byrons estate. When his callous treatment of the Byrons’ son leads to the child’s death, the boy’s mysterious nanny places a dark curse on Griffin, binding his soul to the mansion until true love finds him.

Kate Covington has always been an outsider, but she’s determined to make it as a clarinetist at The Byrons School of Music. She’s heard strains of the ghostly piano during her early morning rehearsals, but no way is she letting those creep-tastic compositions distract her. Not even when a hot, pompous jerk named Griff shows up and calls her an imposter.

Over one hundred years have passed and Griffin’s given up on love finding him—until he meets Kate. The instant their paths cross, he transforms from a spirit to a living, breathing man. It’s obvious she’s the one he’s been waiting for. But though the pair falls in love, they discover the curse isn’t as straightforward as it seemed. As dark magic awakens in the Byrons School, they’ll have one chance to break Griffin’s curse, or else he’ll be trapped . . . forever.

Review:

Griffin knows he is the best pianist around.  No one of his age makes the money does at the early twentieth century.  When one night of arrogance costs a boys life he is cursed.  After a century of the curse, Griffin doesn’t have hope the curse will ever be lifted.  That is until he sees Kate practicing early one morning.  Kate is struggling with her clarinet.  Since her father passed away it has been hard going.  When she meets Griffin they definitely don’t like each other.  But, when Griffin thinks she may be the way to finally break his curse he offers to help her.  As the two of them grow closer, feelings grow into much more.  When the answer to getting Griffin released is finally found will they both be able to accept the possible loss that comes with his freedom?

I totally fell in love with Griffin and Kate.  Their love story give the reader all the feels.  Both Griffin and Kate are incredibly dynamic characters.  Griffin grows into someone deserving of a future and Kate finally works through the hurt and pain she had from her father’s passing.  The story of these two is woven in a way that is enchanting and enthralling.  The reader truly feels a part of the story.  Navigating between two time periods was elegantly done and truly worked well with this story.  Throughout the story the reader is taken on a roller coaster of emotions.  It really makes you forget that these are two teenagers instead of young adults.  Though…Griffin is really over 100 yrs old.  On top of the fantastic characters and story is the music that you can hear in your head.  It is classical but I guarantee you will be looking up all of those sonatas and concertos.  Through her words, Stephanie Keyes, is able to bring alive Griffin, Kate, Mozart, Weber and so many more.  If you haven’t read anything by Stephanie Keyes, this is one book you need to pick up today.

Cover Reveal: The Internship of Pippa Darling by Stephanie Keyes



The Internship of Pippa Darling
Stephanie Keyes
Publication date: March 16th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Grad student, Pippa Darling, is thrilled when she’s chosen for a summer writing internship at Tèarmunn Castle in Ireland, but devastated when she learns it’s with overnight sensation, Finn Burke. The previous authors who’ve worked with him have gone on to receive tremendous book deals. But how can she get excited about working beside an author whose book she hates, especially when no one can compare to her favorite writer, the elusive James Black?

Finn Burke believes in giving back, which is why he’s chosen one student from his alma mater as an intern every year since his debut novel hit the NYT bestseller list. When Pippa arrives at his castle-in-progress off the coast of County Donegal, Ireland, he kisses her, then fires her. Yet, with no one else to fill in on short notice and a looming deadline, Finn has to keep Pippa on—even if it means keeping secrets.

When the critique sessions intensify, tension builds between the pair. They’re driven into one another’s arms. Yet, when Pippa discovers what Finn’s been hiding, will it bring them closer or break them apart?

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Author Bio:

Stephanie Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child [Inkspell Publishing], which includes The Star Child, After Faerie, The Fallen Stars, The Star Catcher, The Last Protector, and A Faerie Wedding. In 2016, Inkspell compiled The Star Child novellas into the paperback, Into Faerie: The Star Child Novellas. Her work also appears in the compilations Can’t Buy Me Love, Moonbeams and Magic, Blood In The Shadows, and the international bestseller, Ever in the After: 13 Fantasy Tales.

Ms. Keyes has presented and facilitated courses throughout the US and the UK. In addition, her work has received multiple commendations, including the following: 2015 BTS Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards Finalist, 2014 Dante Rossetti Young Adult Novel Awards—Mythological Category—First Place, 2013 Kindle Book Awards Semi-finalist. Keyes was also selected as a 2015 Rutgers University One-On-One Plus Conference mentee. She’s an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and Pennwriters.

When she’s not writing, Keyes is an adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC). She also works as a freelance graphic and instructional designer.

She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and her boys, Hip-Hop and Bam-Bam, and dogs Duncan MacLeod and Princess Riley. Steph is a hopeless romantic and Whovian who’s shamelessly addicted to Nutella and spontaneous singing.

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Review: A Faerie Wedding (A Star Child Companion Novella 4.5) by Stephanie Keyes

Happy Friday!  Today I am bringing to you the final installment in the Star Child series.  In this we see how Gabe’s world was turned upside down and how he recovers from the changes.  Gabe’s story fills in all the holes and makes you love him even more.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a fantastic weekend!

29013711Book Blurb:

Gabe Stewart has everything he ever wanted. Mortal Earth is safe. He’s a super-hero Protector whose best friend is within telepathic shouting distance. And then there’s his soul-mate, Singer. He knew right away she was the one he’d been waiting for.

But Gabe’s world shatters when Singer professes she doesn’t love him. On top of that, his mother admits she’s been messing with his memory making him doubt everything he’s ever known. And just when it seems things can’t get any worse, his best friend in the whole freaking world, Kellen St. James, wants Gabe to stop being his Protector. Being a Protector is who Gabe is. What will happen if he’s not standing between the prince and danger?

When the man who’s sacrificed his freedom is faced with life alone, which path will he choose? Will he remain the last Protector? Or will he finally get the happy ending he deserves?

*A Faerie Wedding is a companion novella–intended to be read after the other books in the series. It is a New Adult novel and features adult language and situations.

Review:

After having helped save the world, Gabe can’t imagine anything better than marrying the woman he loves.  But, when he attempts to ask she ends everything with him.  Feeling lost he goes back to his best friend for help.  What he doesn’t expect is for Kellan to set him free of his duties.  Gabe feels lost and aimless.  It will take the advice of someone on the outside to set him straight.  When he finally decides what he wants will he be able to get the happily ever after he deserves?

I adored this story.  Gabe is one of my favorite characters in this series.  He is sweet, devoted and head strong.  All of those qualities made him an awesome Protector.  But, when those duties are taken away he is aimless and weak for the very first time in his life.  In this story, we get to see the softer side and vulnerable side to a character that wasn’t allowed to be.  Stephanie Keyes does a fantastic job taking a strong character and making him relatable in a weakness that every one goes through at some point. This final story in this series has done a fine job with its story and characters.  This is one series I will truly miss.

Review: The Last Protector (The Star Child #3.5)

Today I get to give to you a great novella by one of my fave authors, Stephanie Keyes.  The Last Protector is Gabe’s story before Kellen.  This is a story I have been waiting for.  Gabe is one of my favorite characters in The Star Child series.  For my full review of this awesome novella keep reading after the book blurb.

23565752Book Blurb:

Gabriel Stewart helped his best friend Kellen St. James save the world from The Scourge in the Battle of Dublin. But before that? Gabe was just an ordinary guy who kept having dreams about a little boy with black hair and green eyes—a boy he hadn’t even met yet.

And even weirder? Gabe’s mind kept replaying these images on loop of things he’d never seen. He heard voices in his head when no one was around. And he actually blew off hot Valerie Gibbons to chase after the black-haired kid in the park. What was up with that?

As Gabe searches for the truth, fate continually puts him in Kellen’s path, but will he be able to stop the Children of Danu from stealing Kellen before the battle begins? What will it take for Gabe to become The Last Protector?

*The Last Protector is a companion novella–intended to be read after the other books in the series.

Review:

Gabe is an ordinary kid. The only difference is that he is not really a human boy.  He is special.  He is meant to protect. Gabe doesn’t know any of this.  He doesn’t even know he’s special.  That is until he begins having strange dreams and an inconvenient impulse to find this one boy.  At first he thinks he must be gay because of this, but when he talks to his mother about this he soon forgets all that has happened.  This cycle continues until he finally meets Kellen in college.  Where their journey finally coincides and it begins.

I really loved this prequel.  Gabe is one of my favorite characters and I was ecstatic to get my greedy little hands on this.  This book really fills in some of the back story with Gabe.  You get to see how Gabe comes into his powers as a protector and how he instinctually knows who Kellen is.  I will say this though my favorite parts were when Gabe kept thinking he was gay.  What was comical about this was he would go into detail about being with these girls but then he thought something was wrong cause he was thinking about Kellen.  In typical Gabe fashion he says and does most of this humorously.  Knowing what I now know about Gabe it made me feel a bit sorry for him because his memories kept being wiped and he’d relive these experiences over and over.  Overall, this was another great addition to The Star Child series.  I truly can’t wait to see what Stephanie Keyes has in store for us next.

Cover Reveal: The Star Catcher by Stephanie Keyes

Today, I have the awesome opportunity to share with you the cover of Stephanie Keyes newest book, The Star Catcher.  If you are a follower you will know that I have reviewed this book and you can find that here.  So, here it is the gorgeous cover for The Star Catcher.

TheStarCatcher.v4-FinalThe Star Catcher (The Star Child #3)

By Stephanie Keyes

Release Date: Fall 2013

Publisher:  Inkspell Publishing

Cover Designed by: Najla Qamber Designs

 

Book Summary:

Magick and destiny intertwine as he fights to save his kingdom and the goddess he loves.

Her kiss…the feel of her skin…the beat of her heart…For seventeen-year-old Kellen St. James, each memory is marred by a single sentence on a lone strip of paper.

Cali has been taken…

Armed with an amulet that channels the ultimate power of Faerie, Kellen searches for his love. However, control of the amulet’s energy comes with a price, and Kellen soon learns that Cali’s captor has plans for the stone. With the threat of the Star Catcher’s evil looming above Kellen and his kingdom, he’ll have to free the Heart of Faerie and break the curse the binds the Children of Danu to the darkness. But before that, he has to find his real father, the king. No pressure, right?

Kellen and Cali will battle bewitched armies and unknown foes as they fight to stay together. Will Kellen embrace his immortal destiny? Or will his world, and the man he is fated to become, be destroyed by The Star Catcher?

About the Author

steph12bwStephanie Keyes has been addicted to Fantasy since she discovered T.H. White as a child and started drumming up incredible journeys in her head. Today, she’s still doing the same thing, except now she gets to share those ideas with readers!

When she’s not writing, Stephanie is also a graphic designer, international speaker, teacher, musician, avid reader, and Mom to two little boys who constantly keep her on her toes. In addition, she’s best friend to her incredible husband of eleven years.

Mrs. Keyes holds an undergraduate degree in Business and Management Information Systems from Robert Morris University and a M.Ed. from Duquesne University. She is a member of the Society For Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), as well as a featured author in the global group of writers, Love a Happy Ending.com.

Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which currently includes The Star Child, After Faerie, The Fallen Stars, and the soon to-be-released finale, The Star Catcher (November 2013), all from by Inkspell Publishing. Mrs. Keyes is hard at work on a new YA Paranormal Romance.

 

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Review: The Star Catcher by Stephanie Keyes

I have had the awesome pleasure of getting a very advanced readers copy for the final book in The Star Child Trilogy. The Star Catcher is so new it isn’t even on Goodreads yet, but yours truly got her greedy little hands on a copy and I’m going to share what you can expect.  Stephanie Keyes has definitely become one of my favorite authors and she did wonders for summing up her trilogy.

First off if you are new to Stephanie Keyes’ work you may want to read my previous reviews of  The Star Child (Book One) and The Fallen Stars (Book Two) before reading any further.  I try not to give spoilers with my reviews but sometimes its unavoidable.

Ok, now onto The Star Catcher.  The Star Catcher picks up exactly where The Fallen Stars ends.  Cali and Kellen are separated and unsure how they will ever reunite if ever.  Along with Cali being missing a new aspect of Gabe, Kellen’s best friend, comes to light.  He is not only Kellen’s best friend anymore.  He is much more and has always been a part of Kellen’s life even if Kellen was unknowing.  It is up to Kellen and Gabe to figure out who has Cali and how to find her.  With a missive from above, guidance is provided.  Kellen and Gabe must find Cali’s now mortal sister, Rowan.  She has the answers that they seek.  When Kellen and Gabe find Rowan they also find Rowan’s daughter, Singer.  Instantly, Gabe knows and understands how Kellen feels about Cali when he meets Singer.

Once Kellan, Gabe, Rowan and Singer team up they each have a set of goals.  Gabe and Singer must find Cali and Rowan and Kellen must decide whether Kellen will continue on with his humanity or choose to become a God. When Cali is rescued Kellen and Cali finally seal the deal (get married) and enjoy one blissful night together.  Unfortunately due to an impending war started by The Star Catcher the five of them must continue into Fairy.  Kellen finds out that from the power of his amulet he can now do many things he once couldn’t.  In fact it is within him to find his father, lift the curse of the C.O.D (Children of Danu) and defeat the Star Catcher.  Though this is now within Kellan’s means it doesn’t mean he can do it alone.  He must rely on not only his powers but those of the people around him.  Kellen must also learn to utilize and control his new power and to think less logically and more with instinct. In the end,  sacrifices will be made and tears will be shed but in the end the ultimate question is will good triumph over evil or will both the human and fairy worlds be destroyed?

I loved this book.  It may even be my favorite in the trilogy, but then again I am very much like Kellen and like to know the answers to things.  Stephanie Keyes does a phenomenal job of developing her characters.  If you have read this series so far you will know that Kellen alone changes both physically and mentally in both books, but it is in this book that his greatest changes happen.  I loved seeing more of Gabe.  His role becomes very pivotal in this book and he falls into place seamlessly.  Cali, though originally a God, we see much of her new humanity and with that a depth to her character that you can relate to.  Rowan and Singer are the newbies in this book and extremely important to this book’s story.  Their addition is flawless and very natural.  The Star Catcher is everything you would want in a final book in a trilogy.  It isn’t rushed or forced.  The story ebbs and flows naturally and ties up all the loose ends.  Overall, this book is wonderfully written and is one of the best endings in a trilogy I have seen in a while.  Stephanie Keyes did justice to the story, the characters and the world she created.  Her fans will not be disappointed with how the story wraps up.  I think I speak for all the fans of this story that the characters will be missed, but I know Stephanie will come up with something even bigger and better.  In the immortal words of Gabe, Stephanie “you are a total rock star.”

Unfortunately at the time of this review I am unsure of the publication release date, but the Cover Reveal is in October.  Check back here for more details.

 

Fresh Face Friday: The Fallen Stars by Stephanie Keyes

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone is getting a jump on their long weekend.  I am ringing in Memorial Day weekend with a review of a fantastic author, Stephanie Keyes and her newest book, The Fallen Stars.  I have quickly become quite a fan of hers.  This is the second book in her Star Child series.  Her first book is called The Star Child and you can find my review of that book here.  I would highly recommend this series.  Stephanie sucks you in with her amazing storytelling ability and wonderfully inventive characters.  The Fallen Stars picks up from where The Star Child leaves off and you are swept away into a whirlwind of love, adventure and suspense.  To see the rest of my review be sure to check it out after the book blurb.

17293205Book Blurb: (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Kellen St. James was just your average seventeen-year-old prodigy, until he eighty-sixed the Lord of Faerie and proposed to the Celtic Goddess, Calienta. But then everything in Kellen’s life gets turned upside-down when he and Cali end up on the run from a seriously irritated group of faeries. The worst part? They have zero idea why they’re being hunted.

Suddenly, Kellen is stuck in the middle of another prophecy that foresees him turning away from Calienta and embracing the dark. He’ll be forced to take sides in a struggle to claim his birthright, while discovering secrets about his father’s past. Meanwhile, his passion for Cali grows stronger, even as the prophecy threatens to tear them apart.

In the end, will Kellen and Cali survive the fates? When the ultimate power is within reach, which side will he choose?

Review:

I am going to preface this review with the suggestion that you read The Star Child first.  You could read The Fallen Stars without but you may be lost on some of the characters and the references that are made throughout the book.  Like I said earlier The Fallen Stars picks up right where we left off.  Kellen and Calienta are supposed to get married, but unfortunately before the ceremony can finish The C.O.D or Children of Danu show up and threaten Kellen, Calienta, Lugh and Bridget.  With the wedding interrupted Cali is forced to take Kellen, herself, Gabe (Kellen’s best friend) and Alistair (Kellen’s Grandfather) into hiding.  It doesn’t take long for the C.O.D to find them and they soon come to a conclusion that Cali will give up her Goddess status and Gabe will be in charge of the hideout’s location.  While Cali is now adjusting to being a mortal they are all still in danger even when they feel they are safe.  They must question everyone who befriends them or tries to speak with them.  In the end it’s not the C.O.D who are the real danger it is a foe they have thought was already vanquished.  Kellen is forced to choose between good and evil.  He must decide where his loyalties lie even after losing everything.  But, like all fairy tales things are not what they seem.  In the end we are left wondering will Kellen and Cali get their happy ending or will evil forces prevail!

I can’t say enough about this book.  I loved this addition to the Star Child series.  Stephanie’s ability to pick up Kellen and Calienta’s story from the first book and take us on yet another journey is phenomenal.  Even more characters and questions are put before us in this book and I for once can’t wait for the next installment.  I have high hopes for Kellen and Cali.  Now I also want to know what is going on with Gabe and who is this new big bad.  Overall, this is a wonderfully written Young Adult Fantasy book.  If you are looking for a good story, awesome characters and a world you could fall into and get lost in then The Star Child and The Fallen Stars are books you want to read ASAP. 

Author Bio: (Courtesy of Goodreads)

5360651Stephanie Keyes has been addicted to Fantasy since she discovered T.H. White as a child and started drumming up incredible journeys in her head. Today, she’s still doing the same thing, except now she gets to share those ideas with readers!

When she’s not writing, Stephanie is also a graphic designer, international speaker, teacher, musician, avid reader, and Mom to two little boys who constantly keep her on her toes. In addition, she’s best friend to her incredible husband of eleven years.

Mrs. Keyes holds an undergraduate degree in Business and Management Information Systems from Robert Morris University and a M.Ed. from Duquesne University. She is a member of the Society For Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), as well as a featured author in the global group of writers, Love a Happy Ending.com.

Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which currently includes The Star Child (September 2012) and The Fallen Stars (April 2013), both released by Inkspell Publishing. She is currently hard at work on the third book in the trilogy, The Star Catcher.

Contact Stephanie
Website: www.stephaniekeyes.com
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