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Shadow of the Forest

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Shadows of the Forest by Emma Michaels

Everyone is dying to live in the Shadows of the Forest.
They gave me three rules to follow in exchange for my brother’s life:
1. Do not enter the West Wing;
2. Do not go outside after darkness falls; and
3. There is only one exit; The Gates.

This is what happened when I broke them…

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Author’s Bio

Emma Michaels is the award winning author of the Society of Feathers series. With over 15 written publications and hundreds of book covers under her belt she plans on taking over the literary world one cup of coffee at a time.

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My Review

4 stars

Cole and Lily are twins that have had a rough home life. Recently their parents have died and they are planning on moving to the big city to start fresh. Then things get thrown to the side in a car wreck were both twins are severely injured. Lily wakes in a strange hospital with even stranger rules. But she learns Cole is about to die and knows that he made a deal for her to live if he dies in her place. Lily couldn’t live without the knowledge of Cole being alive so she travels with a kitsune called Arro into the forest to find a spirit that could help her die for Cole.

This story takes you on an adventure with very limited information. You learn things just as Lily. She is at a strange hospital run by Kaede and his daughter Willow. She learns the forest is a place for spirits to go after they have died a remarkable death and the one that controls it is Willow’s mother, Usagi. Usagi has a solution for Lily’s dilemma but it might not be the answer that she was looking for.

This story deals with physical and verbal abuse. This is brought up a lot during the story. I understand how it plays a major role in someone’s life but I admit that it can be a bit annoying revisiting the same thing over and over and over. The same goes for Lily’s concern for Cole, how she wants him to live, and sees him has her hero. I understand how his is the only one in her life that was good to her but it does get very repetitive.

I did like this story. There is a lot of description but in this world you need it. I have yet to read another book from Emma Michaels but I will definitely be checking out her other books.

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I received Shadows of the Forest from eBooks for Review for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Pink Moon

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Pink Moon (A New World – 3) by Tonya Coffey

Cast from her home, Jessa struggles to find a place among the realms. With the loss of power, her premonitions are vague and tormenting. However with Micha at her side, she has hope for the future.
Micha has found his stride as the Ancient King. Nevertheless, the Shadows refuse to allow a Faerie sit on the Ancients’ throne, keeping them apart. Instead of fighting against the Shadows, he focuses his rage on the one who stole Jessa’s powers, a hidden heir herself. When he thinks he has everything under control, he is pulled into a dire situation that will force Jessa’s hand.
Accepting what needs to be done, Jessa takes a risk to save Micha – a choice that may be her last.

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Author’s Bio

Tonya grew up in a small town in Kentucky where she lives with her husband and two teen boys. Together, they motivate her to be the best at whatever she faces. If she isn’t writing or reading a fantasy novel with lots of action, you will find her sitting in front of a canvas, painting the landscape which is so abundant around her home.

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My Review

5 Stars

Jessa has lost her powers but is still plagued by premonitions. Micha is learning his role as Ancient King and longs to marry Jessa. The problem is the Shadows refuse to allow a Faerie on the throne. Instead, Micha is matched with a power hungry man and his daughter. Unable to marry Jessa, Micha decides to hunt down the person that stole her power. But Jessa is haunted by her premonitions and finds the only way to make sure Micha will rule and is determined to make sure that happens.

It’s so hard to read about two people that care about themselves so much but how others are bound and determined to keep them apart. I really do hope that they find a way to rule together. There are several that don’t want Jessa and Micha together but then there are others bound and determined to get power wherever they can.

This is a great series. This book has a great ending that has me anticipating the next book. If you are a fan of Young Adult Fantasy, you need to read this series.

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I received Pink Moon from the author and Ultimate Fantasy Books for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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