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The Awakening

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The Awakening by Dorine White

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Nightmares really do come true, and for fifteen-year-old Kyler Birkwood, they are just beginning. Raised on a farm by his Aunt Martha, Kyler has no clue about the magical heritage swimming through his blood. When he discovers evidence of a mythical creature, a terrifying beast thought only to exist in fairy tales, his safe world shatters.

Left at a school of magic to hunt for clues, he is overwhelmed and disbelieved. As loved ones begin disappearing and Orcs roam the land, Kyler must undergo a journey that takes him from the High Courts of the King to the unknown forests of the East. His magic just awakening, Kyler is the lone hope for a world that will not listen.

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My Review

4 stars

Kyler Birkwood has spent the last five years living with his Aunt Martha while his parents travel the world. But one day he sees a gryphon and meets a talking wolf. His Aunt is afraid that this means that Mordrake is back and sends Kyler to the Conservatory of Magic to keep him safe. There Kyler learns about magic and his own abilities. He also faces the regular trials of schools; friends, bullies, and trying to fit in. He will have to convince everyone up to the king that Mordrake is back although no one believes him.

This is a great story full of magic, adventure, and friends. I really liked how Kyler as a typical kid. He whined, he complained, and he didn’t always do what he was told. But it was a great way to watch him grow and made him more believable. I really like Henry and Darcy. Smart loyal Henry was there to help out. Darcy is a strong willed princess that refuses to follow the norm and finds herself in trouble because of it.

The only down side I found to the story is everything wrapped up quick and nicely at the end. As a standalone book it was very good. I do hope that it will be a series because I do see lots of potential.

This story will appeal to younger teens to adults that like young adult stories. I loved this story and recommend everyone get a copy. Now I want to check out other books by Dorine White.

To purchase The Awakening make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Dorine White’s website.

I received The Awakening for free from eBooks for Review in exchange for an honest review.

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JAMES DASHNER FANS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN

THE #DASHNERDASH BINGE READ,

A REREAD OF ALL THE BELOVED NOVELS IN

THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING MAZE RUNNER SERIES

Live Google Hangouts with James Dashner at the End of Each Month

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Join new and established James Dashner fans in THE #DASHNERDASH BINGE READ, a rereading of all four titles in the bestselling Maze Runner series, in advance of the September 27 publication of the eagerly anticipated Maze Runner prequel novel, The Fever Code. When discussing the reread on social media, readers are encouraged to use the hashtag #DashnerDash to follow along in the conversation.

Has it been a while since you have entered the Glade, or are you curious to know more about all the Maze Runner series buzz? Now is the time to have your questions answered and discussed as Random House Children’s Books invites Dashner fans worldwide to participate in a discussion of one title in the series each month.

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The reread will kick off on May 27 with The Maze Runner—fans can submit questions via the James Dashner Facebook page. Selected questions will then be discussed by the author and his editor, Krista Marino, in a series of live Google Hangouts during the last week of each month. The first Google Hangout with Dashner and Marino will happen the week of June 27. Specific details will be posted on the Facebook page and shared via social media.

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Rereads of The Scorch Trials begin on June 27, followed by The Death Cure on July 27, and The Kill Order on August 27. Questions can again be submitted via Facebook, and a book-club-style discussion will occur at the end of each month. The Google Hangout for The Kill Order at the end of August will lead right into the publication of The Fever Code on September 27.

Bloggers are encouraged to take part in the binge read, and those participating will receive a number of signed Dashner books to give away.

What better way to celebrate the start of summer than by revisiting a beloved series and introducing the books to new fans? Look for the first two chapters of The Fever Code, recently revealed in the paperback edition of The Rule of Thoughts, to be discussed in the Maze Runner Google Hangout as well. Titles are available wherever books are sold. The series has sold over 14 million copies in all formats.

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JAMES DASHNER is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series—The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and The Kill Order—as well as the bestselling Mortality Doctrine series, which includes The Eye of Minds, The Rule of Thoughts, and The Game of Lives. To learn more about James and his books, visit jamesdashner.com, follow @jamesdashner on Twitter, and find dashnerjames on Instagram.

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The Enigmatologist

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The Enigmatologist by Ben Adams

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Twenty-something, John Abernathy is disillusioned. His job as a private investigator is unfulfilling, and he can’t find work in his chosen field, Enigmatology, the study and design of puzzles. He is about to quit when the National Enquirer calls. A woman in Las Vegas, New Mexico sent them a photo of someone who’s supposed to have died 35 years ago—Elvis Aaron Presley. And they need John to investigate it.

When the Elvis impersonator, Al Leadbelly, is murdered, John investigates, finding Air Force colonel, Alvin Hollister—convinced Leadbelly has information regarding Elvis’s death—at the crime scene conducting his own investigation. John discovers great-great-great grandfather’s journal—unearthing a conspiracy entwining Elvis, shape-shifting aliens, and Mary Todd Lincoln. When John finds Leadbelly, alive and wearing a sequined jumpsuit, John must help him escape before Colonel Hollister finds him, and discover if Leadbelly is really Elvis, an obsessed fan, or something more.

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My Review

5 stars

John Abernathy graduated with a degree in enigmatology, specifically the creation and design of crossword puzzles. Unfortunately there really are no practical jobs in his field so he has taken a job as a private investigator and is very unhappy. But when he approached to go to Las Vegas and authenticate a picture of Elvis, things start getting pretty wild.

Elvis is really an Elvis impersonator by the name of Al Leadbelly. John’s investigation leads him to Al’s destroyed house along with the first person sent out to authenticate the picture. Now John is in the sights of Alvin Hollister and gets wrapped up in a story full of aliens, shape shifters, Abraham Lincoln, and even his great-great-great grandfather.

This story has everything and had me hooked from the very beginning where John is presenting a wife with pictures of her cheating husband and she has the completely opposite reaction. John is clearly unhappy but cannot seem to find his place. But this is a puzzle that us just itching to be solved and will leave you very surprised at the end.

If you are looking for a wild mystery I strongly recommend you check out The Enigmatologist. It’s a great story that will have you questioning if Elvis really did die in 1977.

To purchase The Enigmatologist make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Ben Adams website.

I received The Enigmatologist for free from Sherri Rosen Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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The Last of the Firedrakes (The Avalonia Chronicles – 1) by Farah Oomerbhoy

(Excerpt from Goodreads) 16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.

Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way.

Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.

With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.

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My Review

5 stars

Aurora recently lost her parents in a car accident and is sent to live with her uncle, but the family treats her badly. If that wasn’t enough she is bullied at school and finds herself alone. But then on a family vacation to Redstone Manor, she learns that she has been sold to Lord Oblek. She gets dragged through a tapestry into a whole new life. Aurora is actually the Heir of Illiador and she has great powers, if she can unlock them. She is sent to Evolon, a school for mages, where she will find enemies, friends, and the ability to use her powers.

This is a great adventure story. I felt for Aurora in the beginning with everything she went through but I loved how she used this to make her a stronger person. But the part I liked the most was she is the typical teenager. She doesn’t always do what she is told and makes her mistakes but she learns from them. I was captivated from the first page I read and I felt right there with Aurora. The imagery was wonderful and I have to say that I loved Snow and Rafe.

This is a great young adult, fantasy story that will appeal to any age. I can’t wait to see what happened next in this series.

To purchase The Last of the Firedrakes make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Farah Oomerbhoy’s website.

I received The Last of the Firedrakes for free from eBooks for Review in exchange for an honest review.

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The Rebel Within

By Lance Erlick

Genre: YA science fiction

Sixteen-year-old Annabelle Scott lives under the iron rule of a female-dominated régime that forces males to fight to the death to train the military elite. When pressed into service as a mechanized warrior to capture escaped boys, Annabelle stays true to herself by helping some escape. Her defiance endangers everyone she loves and thrusts her to a place of impossible life and death decisions.

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Lance Erlick writes action-packed, science fiction thrillers. In the Rebel series, Annabelle Scott faces a crisis of conscience when she is forced to become a warrior to enforce laws she believes are wrong. The Regina Shen series takes place after abrupt climate change leads to Collapse and a new society under the World Federation. As an outcast, Regina must fight to stay alive and help her family while she avoids being captured.

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Venture Unbroken

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Venture Unbroken (The Venture Books – 3) by RH Russell

(Excerpt from Goodreads) In the aftermath of the All Richland Absolute Fighting Championship, Venture Delving is ready to build a new future for himself. But his enemies have plans to destroy his dreams, his friendships, and his hopes for a life with his master’s daughter, Jade Fieldstone—plans not just to thwart him, but to break him.

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My Review

5 stars

Venture has come a long way from slums to winning the title of Champion. What could be better? Well, when you win that much power you also received a bunch of enemies. Because Venture is so honest and refuses to fight dirty like his enemies he finds himself in jail. Venture now has to fight to keep his sanity and sense of self while being locked away. Thankfully there is still Jade and Dasher that are trying everything they can to help Venture too.

This book is heart breaking. So far we have followed along as Venture has fought to rise about his status, earned the heart of his girlfriend, and even the champion title. But now he is being punished for being such a great, honest guy. It was so hard to read about Ventures time in prison. He is such a tough person but this test is more mental than physical. All I could do is cheer him on and try to keep in mind that he is going to make it out of this hell.

This is a great series and one that I strongly recommend everyone read. There is great action, a wonderful story that will draw you in and not let you go, and great characters that will have you crying and cheering with them.

To purchase Venture Unbroken make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and RH Russell’s website.

I received Venture Unbroken for free ages ago from the author in exchange for an honest review. I’m sorry for taking so long to get this written.

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