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Creepy Hollow

Today I am lucky to be part of the A Faerie’s Revenge tour. I also was treated with the first four books in the Creepy Hollow series. Check them out!

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The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow – 1) by Rachel Morgan

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone—she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until a cute human boy who can somehow see through her faerie glamor follows her into the Fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion.

The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the boy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the Fae realm. Easy, right? Not when you factor in evil faeries, long-lost family members, and inconvenient feelings of the romantic kind. Vi is about to find herself tangled up in a dangerous plot—and it’ll take all her training to get out alive.

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4 stars

Violet, Vi is a fae guardian in training. But on her last mission a human, Nate saw through her glamour and managed to follow her back to Creepy Hollow. Vi wants nothing to do with Nate but she is ordered to take him back to the human world and erase his memory. But this is not going to be a simple task. There are those that want Vi’s secret power and those that were friend that are now out to get her. Both Vi and Nate are going to go on one heck of an adventure.

Vi is a 17 year old faerie in her fifth year of training. She plans on finishing at the top of her class just like her mother. Ryn seems to want to stop Vi at every turn and can be such a jerk. But I admit that I come to like him by the end of the story.

There is way more to Nate than just him being human. Although he seemed a bit plain for me, Vi just is smitten with him. I admit that I’m not one that likes the insta-love in stories or love triangles. I have to say that was one thing that bothered me was Vi and Nates romance.

Over all this is a great book. Almost everything was wrapped up by the end of the story but enough was left open to lead into the next book. If you like young adult paranormal stories, this book is one that you need to get.

I received a The Faerie Guardian for free from Refracted Light Reviews in exchange for an honest review.

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The Faerie Prince (Creepy Hollow – 2) by Rachel Morgan

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Guardian trainee Violet Fairdale is just weeks away from one of the most important occasions of her life: graduation. After messing up big time by bringing a human into the fae realm, Vi needs to step up her game and forget about Nate if she hopes to graduate as the top guardian of her year. Everything would be fine if she wasn’t forced to partner with Ryn, her ex-friend, ex-enemy, current ‘sort of friend’. They might be trying to patch up their relationship, but does she really want to spend a week undercover with him for their final assignment? On top of that, the possibly insane Unseelie Prince is still on the loose, free to ‘collect’ as many specially talented faeries as he can find—and Vi is still at the top of his list. Add in faerie queens, enchanted storms, complicated not-just-friends feelings, and a murder within the Guild itself, and graduation is about to become the least of Vi’s problems.

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My Review

5 stars

Vi is awaiting her final assignment before graduating. Then she gets the surprise that it is a partner assignment with Ryn. Ryn and Vi start working together and repair their friendship. Then they finally admit to each other their feelings. But they can’t just dwell in those feelings. They still have to finish their task, save Ryn’s sister Calla from an Unseeli fae, Zell’s prison. And don’t forget Nate, he is still has a part to play in this story.

I have to say that I love Ryn. He is such a great character and seems almost like the perfect boyfriend. I’m so glad that Vi and Ryn are together, they are a really good couple. And Nate, all I can say is what the heck? Argh!! Then the ending was a big cliff hanger. I’m so glad that I have a copy of The Faerie War to jump right into.

The only thing that I have to whine about is that although the title is The Faerie Prince, and he is still in the background collecting fae with special powers, he doesn’t really make an appearance in the story.

The Creepy Hollow series is now one of my favorite series. If you like the paranormal young adult series make sure to check this one out.

I received a The Faerie Guardian for free from Refracted Light Reviews in exchange for an honest review.

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The Faerie War (Creepy Hollow – 3) by Rachel Morgan

 (Excerpt from Goodreads) Violet Fairdale is in big trouble. Her home is gone, her beloved forest lies in ruins, the guy she gave her heart to has deserted her—and she doesn’t remember any of it. The powerful Lord Draven is taking over, brainwashing guardians into fighting for him. No one is safe from the evil spreading throughout the fae world.

As alliances are forged between the remaining free fae, Vi struggles to reclaim her identity and figure out where she belongs in this new world. When someone from her past shows up, life gets even more complicated. He brings with him a long-forgotten weapon and an ancient prophecy that places Vi at the center of the fight against Draven. With the future of the fae world at stake, can Vi carry out the prophecy’s instructions before it’s too late?

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My Review

5 stars

Vi has lost her memory and has been taken in by a group of Reptiscilla. Because she lost her memory she doesn’t really know what she has gotten herself into but she works to gain their trust. Ryn has been on his own mission and when he returns he learns of the destruction to Creepy Hollow. Ryn is upset when he learns about the loss of Vi’s memories but he tries that much harder to rekindle her love for him. All the while the group is fighting Draven’s marked and trying to save fae.

If you thought the first two books were great, sit back and wait for the real ride to start. I had a hard time with Vi drinking the forgetting potion but it was so much worse when Ryn finds her and realizes that she doesn’t remember him. Then there is Nate. But there is no time for all of that. Draven is tearing Creepy Hollow and fae apart with his marked.

This is the end of the Vi and Ryn story. It was beautifully done and wrapped up well. I don’t know how it’s going to feel with Calla taking over the series but we will soon see. This is an amazing story that you have to read. It’s got so much more action, romance, and great characters.

I received a The Faerie Guardian for free from Refracted Light Reviews in exchange for an honest review.

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A Faerie’s Secret (Creepy Hollow – 4) by Rachel Morgan

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Calla Larkenwood wants nothing more than to be a guardian, but her overprotective mother has never allowed it. When circumstances change and Calla finally gets to join a Guild, she discovers guardian trainee life isn’t all she hoped it would be. Her classmates are distant, her mentor hates her, and keeping her Griffin Ability a secret is harder than she thought. Then an initiation game goes wrong, landing Calla with a magical ability she can’t control. She needs help—and the only way she can get it is by bargaining with the guy who just discovered her biggest secret.

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My Review

5 stars

Ten years has passed since The Faerie War and we now follow Calla, Ryn’s sister. Calla wants to be a guardian but her parents are worried for her. She has the Griffin ability that she has a hard time controlling. It also doesn’t help that those with this ability are being watched closely. When they finally consent to the guardian training Calla is involved in an incident that leaves her ability exposed and although she was supposed to be safe at the Guild it’s looking like someone is out to get her. Thankfully there is Chase, who she can trust, right?

I recommend reading the first three books in the series. There is a big back story that you will be missing out on and it’s good to know who Vi and Ryn are and what they went through. Calla is such a great, strong character. She was held in an unseelie dungeon when she was younger. This has led her to want to be a guardian to save others from her fate. Then there is Chase, Calla is drawn to him since he isn’t affected by her ability like others. He also seems to be a great friend, something that she could use.

I can’t go into any more or I’ll give away the story. This is a great story to follow in the Creepy Hollow series. It feels just like I never left after The Faerie War. Make sure to pick up a copy of this series, you won’t be disappointed.

I received a The Faerie Guardian for free from Refracted Light Reviews in exchange for an honest review.

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The Creepy Hollow series is definitely my new favorite series. I loved A Faerie’s Revenge (boook 5) and I can’t wait for other books in this series. I supposed I can spend the down time looking into Rachel Morgan’s other books. Check out her website.

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A Faerie’s Revenge

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A Faerie’s Revenge (Creepy Hollow – 5) by Rachel Morgan

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Still reeling from a shocking revelation, guardian trainee Calla Larkenwood finds the threads of her world unraveling further when she’s accused of a horrifying crime she didn’t commit: A deadly magical disease has entered the Guild, threatening to wipe out every guardian—and someone is intent on framing Calla for it. With the Guild Council focusing their investigation on her instead of searching for the real criminal, Calla watches her dream of becoming a guardian rapidly slipping away. Time is running out, and as the lines between good and bad, right and wrong, begin to blur, whom can she turn to for help?

Rachel Morgan

Rachel Morgan

Rachel Morgan is a South African author who spent a large portion of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making. After completing a degree in genetics, she decided science wasn’t for her—after all, they didn’t approve of made-up facts. These days she spends much of her time immersed in fantasy land once more, writing fiction for young adults and those young at heart.

She is the author of the bestselling Creepy Hollow series, and the lighthearted contemporary romance Trouble series.

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Review

5 stars

This story is about Calla. She wants nothing more than to be a guardian and her mother is against that. But things have been happening in Creepy Hollow and it seems that it involves Calla. She is going to need all of her strength and skills along with the help from Chase to get through this.

This is a great story. Calla is a strong character and determined to become a guardian. I loved more background on Chase, it answered some questions that I had. Both Chase and Calla are a great couple. There are a lot of things happening and it is hard to review then without giving too much away.

I recommend reading the series in order. There are somethings that you would be confused on if you didn’t. I have to say that I loved A Faerie’s Revenge. It was a nice change from the Violet narration. I can’t wait for more books in this series.

To purchase A Faerie’s Revenge or for more information on this series make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Rachel Morgan’s website.

I received A Faerie’s Revenge for free from Refracted Light Reviews in exchange for an honest review.

I have been given the opportunity to review the other four books in the Creepy Hollow series. Make sure to stay close. I will have these review posted shortly.

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Nightscapes: Cynopolis

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Nightscape: Cynopolis by David W. Edwards

(Excerpt from Goodreads) A former countercultural radical starts a thought-virus that turns Detroit’s dogs feral and its underclass into jackal-headed beasts. Abandoned to their separate fates among hordes of monsters, the few surviving humans must find a way to elude the military blockade preventing their escape or defeat the virus at its source—before government forces sacrifice them all.

David W. Edwards

David W. Edwards

David W. Edwards is the writer, director and producer of the feature film “Nightscape” and author of the novels “Nightscape: The Dreams of Devils” and “Nightscape: Cynopolis.” He attended the University of Southern California’s prestigious screenwriting program and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English Literature while working for a variety of Hollywood production companies. He’s the founder and former CEO of a successful high-tech market research firm, and a former two-term state representative. He currently lives in Hillsboro, Oregon with his family.

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Review

5 stars

Detroit has been beaten to submission and is in its lowest point in history. This is the perfect time to release a virus. This virus turns dogs into crazy, feral animals and humans into jackal-headed beasts bent on destruction. Follow along with several people as they try to survive the victims of the virus and the governments lacking plan that kills more innocent people than the infected ones.

I loved this book. There is lots of action as we follow along with several people as they are trying to stay alive. They are trying to not run into the military that will end their lives and trying to stay away from the infected. Detroit has been beaten down and just like a rundown body, introducing the virus was almost too easy. The government was behind the ball and by trying to save the people made the infection worse along with taking out survivors.

If you are looking for a great dystopian, thriller look no further. This is a great story and one that you need to add to your shelf. I will definitely be looking out for other books by David W. Edwards.

To purchase Nightscape: Cynopolis or for more information make sure to check out Amazon, Goodreads, and David Edwards’ website.

I received Nightscape: Cynopolis for free from Worldwind Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

 

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The Path

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The Path

All life on earth is about to be terminated by an entity as old as the galaxy itself. To make matters worse, Simon has broken everything already.

In a future world that is run by computer systems and that is without want, how can a man find his role? Then, if the very computers he works on to try to make them more human suddenly try to kill him, revealing a secret so vast that it affects every living soul on the planet, can that man be a hero?

These are the questions that face the stumbling, comic, and certainly flawed Simon Bank. His job is to work with the System’s artificial intelligence, making it fit more perfectly into human society so that it can keep the country running smoothly. But when the System threatens the peaceful world he knows, Simon suddenly must rush to save his own life, as well as the life of everyone on earth. Forced to reassess everything that he thought he knew, he is caught within circumstances way beyond his control.

Simon’s only hope is to rely on intellect and instincts he didn’t know he had, and on new friends, not all of them human, to change himself and all humanity. And he doesn’t have much time.

Peter Riva

Peter Riva has worked for more than thirty years with the leaders in aerospace and space exploration. His daytime job for more than forty years has been as a literary agent. He resides in New York City.

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My Review

4 stars

The future is a utopia. Everything is run by computers, you only work when and where you want to. There are no problems with food, health care, and anything else that makes our world difficult. But The System is not completely automated. Simon is a human that interacts with The System to make it more human. The problem is Simon interacts too well and messes everything up. This sets The System off and it decides to go that one extra step to make the world really perfect. Now it is up to Simon and Cramer, an agent of Control, to keep the system from complete collapse.

I thought that this was an interesting concept for a story. The way the world is progressing with technology I could see something like this happening. I admit that I didn’t really like Simon but he clearly knew his work. I like how he goes from being the one to humanize the computer to being the number one enemy.

I admit that there is a lot of programing speak in the book. I’m sure if you have any experience with this you will understand what is going on. Unfortunately it was a down point to me. There were also some things that did catch for me when one person does them it’s horrible yet when another does the same thing it is acceptable.

Over all this is a pretty good book. It has potential and reminded me of other science fiction authors that are ahead of their times. I see that it is the first in a series but it is good enough to stand alone. It’s one that I would recommend to check out. You may be surprised.

To purchase The Path, or for more information, make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Peter Riva’s website.

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I received The Path for free from iRead Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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Mason Wade had fought death, and to some degree he had won. The fire of a phoenix coursing through his veins made him feel like hell. Each of his new senses forced him to reach into a past he knew was better left alone, yet he was grounded in the primal desire to protect Indie, to be a lethal supernatural guardian. The discovery of a secret library within the Falcon Manor landed River Sabine, the very girl who first stole his heart and left him in his darkest hour, front and center in his life. Mason and the others discovering how closely his past is connected to the paranormal war at hand have only scratched the surface of how deeply entwined those who lurk at the Falcon Manor are; a painful lesson Indie is forced to learn as she fights to rise to her role as the Queen of the Veil and protect the hearts of her own. An impossible decision must be made; no matter the choice lovers will divide. The only real question is whose sacrifice will be for the greater good.

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In life he haunted her…in death she haunted him.

Love is eternal…

Weeks away from her twenty-first birthday, the date where she would assume control over her family legacy, a night terror robs Indie of the balance she was clinging to. Like the dream she had before she lost her family, it predicts a fatal catastrophe on the horizon. The fight between life and death, good and evil, began the moment her thundering heart awoke her.

Everything changed after that dream. The one thing that keeps her curse at bay is stolen, and then her enigmatic boy arrives in the flesh. Face to face with her fiery born-again lover Indie realizes that the only way she can prevent the tragedy before her is to surrender everything she was, is, and could be.

Can she bend the laws of nature and fight the improbability that fire and ice could ever be one? As far as Indie is concerned, there is not a myth, spoken fate, or curse that is stronger than her stubborn desire to have it all … including him.

Jamie Magee

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Jamie Magee has always believed that each of us have a defining gift that sets us apart from the rest of the world, she has always envied those who have known from their first breath what their gift was. Not knowing hers, she began a career in the fast paced world of business. Raising a young family, and competing to rise higher in that field would drive some to the point of insanity, but she always found a moment of escape in a passing daydream. Her imagination would take her to places she’d never been, introduce her to people she’s never known. Insight, her debuting novel, is a result of that powerful imagination. Today, she is grateful that not knowing what defined her, led her on a path of discovery that would always be a part of her.

 

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Wiley’s Grocery

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Wiley’s Grocery by S.B. Boughton

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Wiley’s Grocery: a world where groceries and grudges never end. But should they? Meet Ky, Chad, Stephaney, and Vernon as they struggle with the day-to-day life of working at Wiley’s Grocery. It is a store with a paranoid manager that is attached to his favorite jacket, a cowboy that struggles with his bladder, and a devil’s advocate who manipulates others to reach his goal in the end. Time away from the store isn’t even safe as Stephaney deals with the torment from a stalker on vacation, and Vernon is forced to confront a fame-obsessed boxer that robbed him. Like all workplaces, the stories never truly meet their end. Witness a time period where the moments at Wiley’s Grocery reach the peak of its weirdness.

BookReview

4 stars

This book is a collection of six stories that revolve around Wiley’s Grocery store. You will learn about a special jacket, an adventure staying at a hostel, a challenge to get employees to get along, bladder problems, a new playground being tested out, and a boxer.

Wiley’s Grocery reminds me of working at Wal-Mart. It’s a job, not very exciting, and most of the employees would rather be elsewhere. But things happen both at the store and outside of it. This book is a little insight to those employees and things that happen to them.

It is an interesting collection of stories. Since I have work jobs similar to this I can understand of the employees feel. But there is humor added in that just makes the stories more than just trudging away at a boring job.

I do link this book. The stories are short and would be a good read for a break. It will make your boring day just a little bit brighter.

To purchase Wiley’s Grocery, or for more information, make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

I received Wiley’s Grocery for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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The Litter

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The Litter by Kevin Doyle

(Excerpt from Goodreads) They kept to the shadows so no one would know they existed, and preyed on the nameless who no one would miss. Where did they come from, and who was protecting them? In a city that had seen every kind of savagery, they were something new, something more than murderous. And one woman, who had thought she had lost everything there was to lose in life, would soon find that nothing could possibly prepare her for what would come when she entered their world.

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Review

5 stars

This book starts out with a brutal murder, a body that can just barely be determined to be a male, and tore apart by an animal or some tool. The city is seeing more of these murders and the homeless and those that won’t be missed are the victims. Karen is the daughter of the Chief of Detectives so she has some street smarts. She works with the homeless in the darkest part of the city. When one of her young charges disappears Karen takes it upon herself to find him. Let’s just hope the murderer doesn’t find her first.

This book is amazing. There is a brutal killer, lots of gore, and a paranormal twist. We start out with the police trying to find a pack of wild animal or brutal killer. Then it goes into another story completely. I really liked Karen, he she is trying to help those that most forget about. And with her background she is a strong character for this story. I loved the paranormal twist. I couldn’t wait to see what happens at the end.

If you are looking for a great thriller, this is the book for you. Just note that it is pretty gruesome so some people may want to avoid. I loved every gory detail.

To purchase The Litter, or for more information, make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Kevin Doyle’s website.

I received The Litter for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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