THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE GIRL by Paige McKenzie – BOOK REVIEW

THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE GIRL
By: Paige McKenzie
Based on the web series created by Nick Haven

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RELEASE DATE – MARCH 24, 2015

* I received a free copy of this nook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

The story begins with Sunshine and her mother moving into their newly rented home. Her Mom had found the house on Craigslist when she was offered a new job as Head Nurse of the neo-natal department at Ridgemont Hospital. The new job necessitated that they move from their home state of Texas all the way to the Pacific Northwest in Washington state.

The house is located at the end of a dead-end street and Sunshine’s first impression of her new home is that it is “creepy”. In fact, the entire town seems to be creepy. The gray weather and the darkness generated by being surrounded by so many massive, ancient Douglas for trees all add to the overall impression of “creepiness”.

Sunshine hears footsteps on the second floor on the first night and swears that she heard a young girl giggle. When she mentions these experiences to her mother, her mother rationalises the sounds away. Since Sunshine continues to hear footsteps and other strange things every night, she sets out to prove to her mother that their house is  haunted.

Armed with an old-school film camera, Sunshine is on a mission. She wants to capture the ghost on film and prove to her mother, once and for all, that the ghost is real and not a figment of her imagination.

Sunshine meets and befriends a boy named Nolan. She reluctantly tells him about the strange things happening to her. She is convinced that he will think she is crazy and is pleasantly surprised to find that he believes her. Now they just need to decide exactly what they are going to do about it? They also need to discover who is haunting their home and why.

Brilliantly imagined with moments if pure terror that will have the reader on the edge of their seat, chewing their fingernails. Until reading this book I thought I had heard of all the supernatural terms that exist. “Luiseach” is a new one.

Before reading this book I was unaware of the web series that it is based on, however I plan to rectify that immediately.

The author has done a great job of creating believable characters. Most books that are based on television shows or movies are not well written. They usuly come across as if someone is describing what they see on the television screen and it comes across as flat and uninspired. THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE GIRL is the exception. If I had not been told that this book came after the creation of the web series, I would have thought that the web series was based on the book. Kudos to the author for accomplishing that feat.

I rate this book as 4 out of 5 stars. The ending is the perfect conclusion as well as a tantalizing cliffhanger. Obviously there will be more to come about Sunshine and Nolan and I am looking forward to reading what happens next.

To learn more about the web series that inspired this novel, go to: http://m.youtube.com/#/user/hauntedsunshinegirl

ANTIQUE MAGIC – BOOK ONE by Eileen Harris BOOK REVIEW & Blog Tour Post #1

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ANTIQUE MAGIC – BOOK ONE by Eileen Harris

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* I received a free copy of ANTIQUE MAGIC in exchange for an honest review.*

This is the first book in what promises to be an interesting series.

Alicia Trent is the co-owner of a successful antique store in Scottsdale, Arizona. In the series debut Alicia is hired to organize, sort, value and sell an entire house filled with antiques of all kinds. The woman who owned the house was actually somewhat of a hoarder, but a hoarder with amazing taste. When Alicia is offered the job she is excited to get started for more than one reason.

First, the chance to have first look at the unique items that were acquired by the eccentric woman who owned the home, was too good to pass up. She wanted to acquire several of the items to sell in her own shop. The second reason she was interested in the job was because she had always been intrigued by the house ever since childhood. She had a brief encounter with the owner many years earlier and it had left an impression.

The author draws in the reader right from the start and Alicia is portrayed as a successful business owner and happy single woman. Readers will be able to relate to this heroine. She is not a buxom, teenage knock-out. She is a normal woman. This is refreshing as all too often regular women are not used as main characters, especially in mystery series.

The cast of characters that Eileen Harris has assembled is vast in scope, but is still manageable. This story could have become confusing, but the author never let that happen.

Some magical objects come into play and Alicia develops a new love interest named Nick. I have to say that I think I am a bit in love with Nick myself, he sounds wonderful. Too bad he is only fictional. (Just kidding…I am happily married).

There is intrigue, there is mystery, there is magic, there is romance and there is drama. Wow! Is there drama! This is a terrific Who-Done-It and readers will think they have everything figured out and then another twist in the plot will occur. I absolutely LOVED the fact that I wasn’t sure who the guilty party was until the end. This is a rare treat!

I do not want to give away too much of the plot of this book, but suffice it to say that anyone who loves a good read will want to add ANTIQUE MAGIC to their MUST READ list.

I give this book a rating of 5 out of 5 stars. I have already started and finished the next book in the series. My review of which will be posted on February 20th.

This second book in the series takes the reader further into the life of Alicia Trent and her friends. Magic, forgery, betrayal, and fabulous jewels surround Alicia as she struggles to find the reason for her friend’s death.

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We were nearly halfway up the stairs when I heard Lawrence groan. I turned to see what had happened. He was deathly white, and while I watched, he sank down on the closest step. He was sweating heavily and clutching his stomach. He didn’t seem coherent enough to answer any questions, so I ducked into my room and called for an ambulance. They only took about ten minutes to arrive, but it was horrible to wait. Lawrence was obviously in great pain, but couldn’t tell me what was wrong.

The ride to the hospital took an eternity. They wouldn’t let me ride in the ambulance, and I was so afraid of what would happen before he arrived. I was shaking and behind the wheel of a car was the last place I should have been, but as the ambulance tore through the streets with the siren blaring, I was right behind them.

I ran from the parking lot into the emergency room just in time to see them take Lawrence through a set of swinging doors where I couldn’t follow. I slumped into a chair, and for the next two hours I sat in a waiting room with dull green walls and hard metal chairs. I never moved while I waited. My mind was busy begging Lawrence to hold on.

Since I was the only one waiting, when I saw an exhausted-looking man dressed in scrubs walk into the room, I took a deep breath and hurried to his side.

He said, “Are you the relative who brought Lawrence Hall in tonight?”

Afraid they wouldn’t tell me anything if I confessed to not being a relative, I just nodded.

“Mr. Hall is a very sick man. He’s been poisoned, and we think he must have eaten poisonous mushrooms. Our tests indicate they were probably green-spored lepiota.”

At this point I wanted to scream at him to just tell me his condition. He could explain the details after I knew how Lawrence was.

However, he wasn’t finished explaining. “This particular mushroom doesn’t normally cause death, but among its other symptoms it can dangerously lower blood pressure. Mr. Hall must be on some type of medication that has the same effect, or at least exacerbated the effect of the mushroom, because we nearly lost him. It’s a good thing you got him here when you did. We have him stabilized now, and he should make a full recovery.”

I barely heard anything the man said except the last statement. Lawrence was going to be all right! My knees weakened with relief and I sank into the nearest chair.

He continued, “He’s awake, and we need to monitor him closely for a while. We want to keep him tonight and tomorrow for observation, but he can probably go home after that. If you want to see him, you can visit for a short time, but first, can you tell me what type of medication he’s taking? He was still pretty confused when I talked to him and wasn’t able to tell me.”

“I don’t know the exact medication. Lawrence is bi-polar, so it has to be something for that. I’ll see if I can find out the name for you.”

I got the room number and was practically running in my need to see for myself that he was alive and recovering. I burst into the room, nearly knocking over a nurse on her way out. She cautioned me the patient needed rest and, with a frown in my direction, left the room. I pulled a chair up next to the bed and took Lawrence’s hand. “You look so much better already. You have some color back.”

He said, “You look terrible. You can relax. I’m going to be fine. I was a little worried in the beginning because the confusion felt the way some of my episodes used to begin. The confusion is gone now, and I really am fine. It’s left me very tired, but they don’t want me to sleep yet. Tell me exactly what happened. I’m sure the gory details will help keep me awake. The last thing I remember is starting up the stairs, and then brief moments in the ambulance.”

I wanted to answer in the same matter-of-fact way he’d asked the question. I tried, but before I could begin, tears were running down my face and I couldn’t find my voice. I didn’t sob or howl. Strangely, I didn’t make any noise at all. I just stared at Lawrence, horrified because he might have died trying to help me. All the while the silent tears kept coming.

He said, “Ali, we can’t have this. I’ve seen you go through some horrible times, but I’ve never seen you cry. There’s no need for you to be so upset. I promise you I will be out of here tomorrow, and all will be well. Even the doctor says so.”

I gulped a few times trying to find my voice. It didn’t sound good, but I managed to say, “I couldn’t bear it if anything happened to you. When you get out of here, you’re going right back to Scottsdale! I should never have involved you in any of this.”

“Whoa there, girl! In the first place, I’m a grown man and you can’t involve me in anything I don’t choose to be involved in. In the second place, you and your crazy mixed-up life are the main thing keeping me from getting old and bored. Bad things happen sometimes, but none of this is your fault. Now dry those tears and tell me how I got here.”

I hiccuped a few times but got myself under control. “Okay, I’m not trying to take the blame for what happened, but I was so scared. It seems you were poisoned. I wasn’t in much shape to listen to the doctor, but it was some kind of mushroom. There were mushrooms in the food we ate at supper, but we both ate those. Someone targeted you specifically. At the moment, I have no idea why they did it, but I don’t think whoever did this was trying to kill you. The doctor said the symptoms were severe but not normally fatal. The problem seemed to be a reaction between the poison and your medication. Whoever did this couldn’t have known that you take anything, or at least not that your medicine would react with the mushrooms. The doctor asked me to find out the name of your prescription.”

“I vaguely remember him asking me, but I was pretty confused then and couldn’t remember. It’s Geodon. They tried dozens before, but nothing worked until this came along. I’m one of the lucky ones, because it not only keeps the problem in check, but I don’t suffer from any severe side effects. This reaction with poison mushrooms is something I certainly never expected. I should have told you ages ago in case of a relapse or some bizarre circumstances like these.”

“I’ll let the doctor know the name of the medicine. I don’t know if your medication lowers your blood pressure, but it dropped dangerously low. That’s what had the doctors worried.”

“I don’t know either, but the doctors will figure it out. I understand I have to be in here until tomorrow evening, even though I tried to talk them into letting me go sooner. You need to promise me you won’t do anything the least bit dangerous until I get back. One day isn’t going to make any difference. Whoever did this may have planned it to separate us for some reason. So promise me you’ll be careful and not spend time alone.”

The frowning nurse came back and warned me I needed to leave. Visiting hours were over and the patient needed rest.

I said, “Don’t worry about me. I promise I will take every precaution until you’re out of here. I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon and will drive you to the house when they release you. Just get well!”

Outside the room, Detective Wilton was waiting for me.

About the Author:


From living off the grid in the Arizona desert, Eileen has moved to the woods of upstate New York. She has authored a standalone adventure novel called Desert Shadow. She is also the author of Alicia Trent Series. The Black Cane : Dowager Diaries Book 1 is her latest release.







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NIGHT SEA JOURNEY by PAULA CAPPA – BOOK REVIEW

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NIGHT SEA JOURNEY: A Tale of the Supernatural
By: Paula Cappa

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Kip Livingston is an artist living in an isolated cottage on Horn Island. Every night she experiences vivid nightmares. But her nightmares are much more extreme than other people’s. In fact, it seems that her nightmares follow her into real life and she has no idea how to make them stop.

Father Garcia is a Street Preacher in Chicago who is anything but traditional and whose goal is to help the inner city’s youth to escape the cycle of drugs and violence. Father Garcia is not a traditional Catholic priest. He covertly runs a needle exchange for addicts. He preaches in parks and on the street. And he is secretly married and the father of an infant son. During the course of his ministry he befriends a street kid who calls herself “Chop Suey Sammie”. During a drug deal sting gone bad Sammie is shot dead by the gang leader, Nico. When her soul leaves her body “Garcia stood up, holding Sammie’s body, blood soaking his shirt, eyes searching the tunnel and arches. ‘Nico! You’re a dead man’.” This single event is the catalyst for major changes in Father Garcia’s life.

Meanwhile, Father Raymond Kera is having a crisis of faith. He is best friends with Father Garcia and he envies how sure Garcia is about his path in life. Father Raymond attempts to leave the priesthood and is denied by Rome. Instead, he is sent by the church to spend a few months doing carpentry work on a new church being constructed on Horn Island, Rhode Island. While on the island he is supposed to spend time reexamining his faith.

It is inevitable that the paths of these characters will cross.

Paula Cappa has created believably flawed characters with whom readers will be able to identify. She has a gift for description. This shines through particularly well when she describes the island easily creating detailed pictures in the mind of the reader. It is these descriptions that so readily create the perfect ambience of the supernatural. This is demonstrated when Father Raymond arrives on the island and is taking a cab ride through the countryside to his destination: “But it was the gleaming black horse in a far meadow that caught his eye. Arched neck, tail high, the steed reared up and pawed the air. For a fleeting moment, Raymond thought he saw wings unfurl on the sleek backside.” This single moment in time, quickly forgotten by the priest seems to foreshadow paranormal events to come.

Paula Cappa should be described as courageous. Using Catholic priests as characters in a novel is a risky proposition. The catholic priests who are in other works of fiction usually fall into one of two categories: the perfect priest; who is kindly and wise and can do no wrong OR the evil pedophile priest who preys on young children and uses his authority to manipulate and control. The two main priests in this story, fortunately for readers, do not fall into either category. They fall into the category of “real person.”

I have always wondered why the Catholic church clings so stubbornly to it’s belief that to be a priest, one must be male and must also be celibate and remain forever unmarried. This book seems to question the wisdom of that dictate as well. Most writers would fear the wrath of the Catholic church and it’s powerful PR department, but Paula Cappa forges ahead relentlessly with her story. I applaud her for that.

The story consists of many different genres of fiction. The fact that Kip is seeing what Raymond believes are demons in her dreams sets this book firmly into the category of paranormal fiction.

The character building in this novel is flawless, the imagery sublime and the dialogue realistic. The author’s choice of character name for the patron who purchases much of Kip’s artwork shows a knowledge of religious history. In short, Paula Cappa is a talented, gifted author and ‘Night Sea Journey’ is a phenomenal book which I will not hesitate to recommend to others.

The story moves quickly and readers will find themselves swept up in the lives of Kip, Raymond and Garcia as if in a tidal surge. Readers should clear their calendars for a few days because they will be unable to put this book down once they begin.

I rate this book as 5 out of 5 stars.

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Paula Cappa’s Official Author Bio (taken from her blog):

Paula Cappa’s novels include Night Sea Journey, A Tale of the Supernatural, and The Dazzling Darkness (Gothic Readers Book Club Award Winner for Outstanding Fiction and Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal Award), published by Crispin Books. Her short fiction has appeared in Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, Whistling Shade Literary Journal, Sirens Call Ezine, SmokeLong Quarterly, Every Day Fiction, Fiction365, Twilight Times Ezine, and in anthologies Journals of Horror: Found Fiction, Mystery Time, and Human Writes Literary Journal. Cappa’s writing career began as a freelance journalist for newspapers in New York and Connecticut. She writes a weekly blog, Reading Fiction, Tales of Terror.

To learn more about this author visit: https://paulacappa.wordpress.com

SWEETEST TEMPTATIONS by J.C. Valentine RELEASE DAY

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Sweetest Temptations
by J.C. Valentine
Blue Collar #1
Publication Date: February 17, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

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Synopsis:

From USA Today Bestselling Author J.C. Valentine comes a sizzling story about a young entrepreneur, a hot firefighter, and a first date that will change their paths forever.

Tenacious bakery shop owner Abby is following her dreams. She has everything she could ever want in life—except the fairytale ending. Then she meets Kennedy, a hunky firefighter whose killer smile and easy charm makes her heart pound. But with the kind of danger he faces on the job each day, Abby knows there’s no happily-ever-after in the cards. The harder she tries to hold onto her heart, the faster it seems to slip away, but when a series of mysterious events threaten the future of her business and her life, their happiness may be shorter-lived than she realized.

Someone is out to get her, and it’s up to Abby and Kennedy to uncover who’s behind the destruction. Can they do it before tragedy strikes?

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USA Today Bestselling author J.C. Valentine is the alter-ego of Brandi Salazar, whose enjoyment of tales of romance spurred her to branch out and create her own.

She lives in the Northwest with her husband, their wild children, and far too many pets. As a university student, she studies literature, which goes well with her dream of becoming an editor. Brandi entertains a number of hobbies including reading and photography, but her first love is writing fiction-in all its forms.

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DISTRCTIONS BY BIANCA DEAN

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Distractions
by Bianca Dean
Distractions #1
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Red has been trying to move on with her life. She really has. Her first real relationship ended in disaster and she can’t muster the energy to leave the house. Her brother Brenden and their best friend, Gavin, are sick of it. Guilting her into a night out, Red reluctantly agrees only to see her ex having the time of his life with another girl. Small town living would have it no other way. On the verge of a full blown panic attack, Gavin steps in to provide Red the distraction she needs to forget all about her ex. But as things quickly spiral out of control, will Red be able to keep her feelings for her best friend a secret in order to save their friendship?

*This book contains sexual situations and explicit language. This is Book 1 of the Distractions Series.

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Bianca Dean, author of Quarterback Sneak and Wanna Play? is a native of New Jersey now living in NYC. Working on her PhD, Bianca loves good food, great movies and stimulating conversation. She’s a huge sports fan, and can be found, during the appropriate season, screaming at the television, beer in hand, trying to make people that can’t hear her run faster. In the off-season she can be spotted walking her dog or grabbing dinner with friends.

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IndieSage PRMY REVIEWDISTRACTIONS by Bianca Dean is definitely NOT for readers under the age of 18. There are sexually explicit scenes which are for adults only. The story-line is interesting and believable. Falling in love with your best friend definitely does happen. However, it is often a very complicated proposal and often does not end well. I enjoyed reading this book, however I did not see the appeal personally of wanting to sleep with, or have a relationship with any man who has been with so many other women, but to each their own.I rate this book as 4 out of 5 stars.It is the first book in a series that I am sure will be popular with lovers of erotic fiction.

EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED – NEW RELEASE

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EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED

By: Mia Kayla

Imagine finding the love of your life at the age of six.

Bliss Carrington did.

Bliss has known Jimmy Brason since first grade. He took on the role of the big brother Bliss never had, breaking Bliss out of her shy shell, encouraging her to have fun in high school, and pushing her to live her life to the fullest. They have always been friends—until one day, Bliss wanted more. Now seeing women everywhere swooning over Jimmy, head quarterback of the New York Cougars, is enough to drive her to madness.

Jimmy has been in love with Bliss forever, but she doesn’t know and she can never find out. In all the craziness of his fast track to fame and money, Bliss is the one person who has kept him sane. He fi

rmly believes that history repeats itself and with his tainted past, he’s afraid that he’s fated to hurt her if he allows himself to follow his heart.

Bliss has watched Jimmy grow from a boy into a man, and it’s not fair that someone else will get to keep him when she knows in her heart that he only belongs to her.

When they tiptoe on the edge of love, can their friendship remain intact with both of them ignoring the rumblings that’s threatening to explode?

Everything Has Changed is a story of love, loss, and longing for the one you grew up loving.

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THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelke Hodkin – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Target Audience: Teens – Young Adult – Ages 14-17

I listened to the unabridged audio book version of this title which I purchased at http://www.audible.com

Mara wakes up in a hospital bed. She has no memory of the event that led her to be hospitalized. When she spots a vase full of her best friend’s favorite flowers, she asks where her friend is and if she will be back soon. Mara then discovers to her horror that her best friend was with her when the building they were in collapsed. Mara survived. Her best friend, Rachel along with another friend and Mara’s boyfriend died in the collapse.

Mara is devastated by the loss. Her parents are concerned with her mental health and the family decides to move to Florida for a fresh start.

Once in Florida it becomes evident that Mara is still having difficulty coping. She is hallucinating and she still does not remember the night if the accident. Mara starts classes at an exclusive new school and has difficulty making new friends. When she meets a boy named Noah she can’t help but be attracted to him.

However, even though Noah seems to be interested in her, she is warned that he is notorious for breaking girl’s hearts. Mara has no desire to become just another notch on some guy’s bedpost. Plus, with her hallucinations intensifying and people around her seeming to die off at an alarming rate, Mara does not have either the time or the inclination to get involved with any high school drama.

Mara needs to discover exactly why she is seeing things and she needs to remember what happened that fateful night before she goes completely insane.

This book is not a lengthy one. The story moves at a rapid pace and readers will empathize with Mara. Teenage readers will relate to her feelings of frustration. Mara cannot tell her parents what she is seeing. She knows they will never believe her. The one person she could tell anything to is now dead. Teenagers who rely heavily on friends for emotional support will understand Mara’s situation.

The character of Noah is destined to become a favorite “Book Boyfriend” of many readers.

This book has equal parts drama, humor, horror and teen romance. There is something for everyone in this story. The fact that this is a first novel is very impressive. I expect that this author has a very bright future ahead of her. She has a knack for capturing the emotions of teenage angst and translating them onto the page without making the situations seem overly dramatic or cheesy. She has also done an admirable job of including the issue of mental illness into the story and in including not only it’s effect on the sufferer, but also on that person’s family.

The audio book was narrated by Christy Romano who was the perfect choice for the voice of Mara.

Audio book Length: 9 hours and 40 minutes

RATING: I rate this audio book as 5 out of 5 stars in the Young Adult category.

The ending of this book is a perfect cliffhanger. Readers will want to start the next book in the series immediately.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

“The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer” is Michele Hodkins debut novel. To learn more about this author and her other titles visit http://www.michellehodkin.com

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FORSAKEN – DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA BOOK ONE by Kristen Day – BOOK REVIEW

FORSAKEN – DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA – BOOK 1
Author: Kristen Day

* I received a free electronic version of this book from http://www.netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.*

“I always felt like I was different, but I never dreamed just how different that was.”

Hannah had a rough life growing up. Abandoned by her parents before her first birthday and raised in a succession of equally bad foster homes, she is finally adopted at age thirteen. At the age of seventeen Hannah’s ‘parents’ send her to a Shrink due to her recurring nightmares and blackouts.

When the Shrink decides to have her sent to a boarding school for “kids like her”, Hannah is apprehensive. She envisions the school as being full of drooling, crazy teenagers. To her surprise when she arrives at the House of Lorelai’ on Bald Head Island, North Carolina, she realizes her fears were unfounded. In fact, The House of Lorelai is located on the ocean and Hannah’s dorm room even hosts an oceanfront balcony. The three girls that share her ‘apartment’ all seem to be amazing and the four girls bond immediately.

Hannah learns that “kids like her” does not mean crazy. In fact, all the students at the House of Lorelai are descendants of the gods and goddesses of the sea. This could have been unbelievable, but for Hannah it actually explains quite a few things.

For years Anastasia/Hannah has been having vivid dreams and during the few months leading up to her admittance to boarding school she has dreamed of a gorgeous but dangerous seeming boy with startling eyes. When the figure from her dreams appears in person at the school she is drawn to him. His name is Finn and everyone warns her to stay away from him because he is cursed. Anastasia does not allow anyone else’s opinions or superstitions cloud her judgement and decides to rely on her own instincts.

There are many people who are glad to see Anastasia and who welcome her with open arms. However, there seem to be some people who want nothing less than Anastasia’s death.

Anastasia must find a way to discover her heritage and to develop her special abilities and to stay alive.

There are many twists and turns in this story. Readers will find themselves swept up in this enchanting tale.

Magic, mystery and romance all combine to make FORSAKEN a truly wonderful read. Using the ocean and the House of Lorelai school setting offers an abundance of majestic settings in which Anastasia can fulfill her destiny.

This book is perfect for young adult readers. There is romance but no sex. There is violence but no gore. There is adventure. There is whimsy. There is magic. And there are friendships and love. The main character of this book is like breath of fresh air, she has had a hard life, but does not allow that fact to turn her into a jaded or harsh person. She has strength and shows great resilience. The author has created a tough but fair heroine who uses her brain as well as her brawn. Even the relationship between Finn and Anastasia is well written. Their young love shines like a lighthouse beacon on a rocky ocean shore.

Once you begin this book you will not want to put it down. I am eager to start reading “Awaken – Daughters of the Sea – Book Two”.

For more information about this author visit http://www.kristendaybooks.com

100,000 by A C Dolgnief – BOOK REVIEW

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100,000
By: A.C. Dolgnief
Length: 14 pages
Release Date: February 22, 2015

* I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

This book contains four short stories. I read the entire book in less than an hour.

Even though the stories are not long, they are intriguing and the reader’s imagination and interest is piqued.

The first story “Catcher” is a tale of a man who has been imprisoned. Of the four stories, this was my favorite.

The author has a gift for description.

This short story collection is very much worth reading.

I rate this as 5 out if 5 stars

MITOSOS – The Reckoners 1.5 By: Brandon Sanderson – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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MITOSIS- The Reckoners 1.5
By: Brandon Sanderson

I downloaded the audiobook version of”Mitosis”for free at http://www.audible.com

This is a short story that takes place in the city of Newcago after the Reckoners have killed Steelheart. They are trying to run the city efficiently and to convince the city residents that they are safe from the threat of Epics.

Everything seems to be going well until an Epic called “Mitosis” arrives in Newcago planning to take Steelheart’s place as ruler of the city.

The Reckoners must discover what his weakness is and they must do it quickly or they risk losing the city.

Though this is a quick listen it is still a great story. There is quite a bit of action packed into it.

I give this a rating of 5 out of 5.

To learn more about author Brandon Sanderson visit http://brandonsanderson.com/