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Haven

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Haven (Daughters of Hecate – 4) by Meredith Medina

After what I’ve been through in the last year, there’s nothing I’d like better than for everyone to leave me the hell alone so I can figure out what’s going on. Sure, things have calmed down a little. Haven is mine and Lacey and Maia are settling into their new lives. Well, for the most part anyway.

The only problem is that I can’t seem to shake off the feeling that something big is coming, and if I take my exorcist’s word for it, it’s something I might not be ready to deal with. Yeah, I said exorcist. A bad feeling isn’t the only thing I can’t shake, the fingerprints of an older magic are still lingering on my soul, and I don’t like admitting that I need help… but I need some serious help.

To top it all off, things aren’t exactly calm in New York, and leaving Maia and Lacey behind while I’m getting a magical spa treatment is anything but ideal. I’m sure they can handle the shop on their own, but I’m not so sure they’ll be able to handle the vampires.

Ophelia Turner is still feeling the effects of her brush with an ancient Daughter, and her attempts to have the malevolent presence exorcised from her life are taking more of a toll than she’s willing to admit. After a brush with Meridian in New Orleans, Ophelia begins to realize that there is something bigger being planned, and the safest place for her and her friends is as far away from New York as possible.  But sometimes, the best plans are entirely impractical.

Trapped between a Laudan civil war, a moody teenager, and a baby bat that has bitten off more than she can handle, Ophelia will have to make hard decisions and split second choices that will affect not only her life, but the lives of everyone she’s ever loved.

And she might not survive it.

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Meredith Medina

About the Author

Meredith Medina is a new author of Urban Fantasy and Supernatural Thriller novels. She loves writing (and reading!) about badass heroines using mind-bending magic to make the world a better place, or at least one that has more pumpkin spice lattes. She currently lives in New Zealand in a little witchy cottage with her husband and three cats, including a little Suki of her own ❤

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My Review

5 stars

This book starts off with a kick and doesn’t slow down. Although they may have killed Magdaleana she is still around, haunting Fee. Fee doesn’t want to let anyone know how bad this is affecting her but it seems it’s going to take a lot to make Magdaleana disappear. Lacey has not returned to Spinal and the other vampires think she is acting too good for them. So they are not going to let this perceived slight go without retribution. Maia is trying to look good for Fee while helping Lacey out but she has her own issues. She is obsessed with the book she took in Spain.

This book jumps in right at the end of Power of Three. Fee is haunted and trying to completely get rid of Magdaleana. She hates asking for help but she is haunted and worried what she has left lingering on her. If that wasn’t tough enough, then there is the vampires with their feathers ruffled and trying to kill the girls. Plus it doesn’t help that there is a war on the horizon but the girls are still looking for more information which puts them in the front lines.

I really liked this book. The action kept my interest and the story had me flipping pages like crazy. I this crazy family and hope that they are going to come out of this war. But it’s not going to be easy and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Ari at Candid Book Reviews for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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The Other Side of Elsewhere by Brett McKay

Ret McCoy was always the new kid, but after three years in the small town of Riverton, he thinks his family may have finally settled. He and his friends have the perfect summer planned before they start sixth grade, and his new job at the local mortuary promises enough pocket money for all the sodas they can drink.

A dare from an older boy quickly ruins their plans. Everyone knows to stay away from the Crooked House, but after Ret and his friends take on the dare to spend the night in the abandoned house, they become caught up in the house’s dark history.

Later, an outsider buys the house. When people start to disappear, Ret is determined to solve the mystery before it swallows the entire town. His obsession with the Crooked House and its strange new owner threatens to put him and his friends in danger more terrifying than anything they could have imagined.

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Brett  McKay

About the Author

When Brett McKay is not conjuring demons and bloodthirsty psychopaths to put on paper, he sells landscaping. He loves all types of music, but hard rock and heavy metal fuel him the most. He enjoys the outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and curling up in front of a good movie with his wife and a bucket of popcorn.

Brett lives in Utah with his wife and two sons. Fall is his favorite time of year because he gets to decorate his house for Halloween much too early for his neighbors.

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My Review

5 Stars

Ret McCoy is twelve years old and happy that his family has stayed in the same town for three years especially since his parents have barely stayed in one place for more than one year for the last several years. He has a bunch of friends that he hangs out with and has adventures and has three brothers that are annoying but are his family. Then he is dared to spend the night in the Crooked House. Things don’t go as planned and Ret starts to believe the stories about the house being haunted. Then someone buys the house and people start disappearing. Ret decides to take a good look into the Crooked House to find out what is really happening.

This is a great mystery geared toward tweens. You have a ghost, people disappearing, and a home life that is strained. I really liked Ret, he is a good kid and I was glad that he was determined to solve the mystery.

This is a great, descriptive book that had me hooked from page one and didn’t let me go until the end. This is the first book I have read from Brett McKay but it won’t be my last.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Red Adept Publishing for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Visions of Zarua

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Visions of Zarua by Suzanne  Rogerson

Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?

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Suzanne Rogerson

About the Author

Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

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My Review

5 Stars

Paddron is the apprentice to the wizard Kalesh. When Kalesh dies Paddron wants the Royal Order of Wizards in investigate but they ignore him. Paddron and his friends then take it upon themselves to find out what happened. During this time Paddron is suffering from visons that are disturbing until he realizes they are events from the wizard Jago. Jago lived 350 year in the past and it looks like he has the key to the city of Zarua and can help stop the coming evil.

I loved this story. It has the feel of high fantasy with the king, royals, and wizards. Yet you have a great mystery as to what Jago went through. I loved how the narration bounces back and forth between the present time and Jago’s time. This really helped the story to glide along and keep me interested.

All of the characters had their own perks and quirks but they all worked together to figure out what was going on and to stop the evil. I really liked Varnia. She’s an orphan but trained to become this skilled hunter. I love when women are giving tough, strong roles. But at the same time you have Paddron and with his behavior you can see how young and inexperienced he is at times.

This is an amazing read and one that I strongly recommend checking out. Fantasy might not be your thing but definitely try this book. I think it will become a fast favorite.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

 

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Essence of An Age

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Essence of An Age by Lydia Redwine

Essence of An Age is the first poetry collection by Lydia Redwine and explores the depths of the heart, mind, and soul during the years where one is finding that they are growing up. Its emotional imagery will sweep readers into a world as real as their own, a world dealing with the dualities of life. The salt and sugar. All that is experienced in love and growth.

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Lydia Redwine

About the Author

I am a young author who is Cincinnati, Ohio born and raised with three younger siblings. I have been home-schooled since age four, hence why I have found the time to indulge in writing. I wrote my first book when I was eleven and published it via amazon kindle when I was fourteen. My goal is to write novels that are both fresh and impacting.

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My Review

5 Stars

So I will be honest, I’m not much of a poetry person but I did offer to review this book. I’m really glad that I did. This is a touching collection of poems about a young girl growing up. I will be the first to say that it’s easy to forget what it was like to grow up but this collections of poems show how wonderful and dark that growth could be.

I have to say that the line that sticks with me is, “when monsters beneath my bed became a matter minuscule to monsters in my head.” Talk about hit home when you remember that cusp of becoming an adult. Just as you have happy, light times there are also dark times with this new world that you are growing in.

This is a great collections of poems and one that I recommend checking out. Like I said, I’m not a poetry person but this collection even made me remember the challenges of adulthood.

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Days of Reign

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Days of Reign by Elisa Hansen

Zelenka is an outcast. Tormented by the harsh rules and punishments of Eldon, she will soon be imprisoned in the horrifying government factories. Her lover, the charismatic Fraco, may be her one chance to escape. But Zelenka is drawn to the dangerous and elusive world of the Amaryllians. Only through them can she triumph in her two dreams: freedom, and survival.

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About the Author

Growing up in Melbourne, Australia, Elisa Hansen was curious about other worlds. The travel bug bit her young, and she spent her early years with a pack on her back and hiking boots on her feet. Beyond exploring and writing, she loves to dance, cook, eat, learn other languages, and paint.

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My Review

5 stars

Eldon is a planet that controls its people with religion and a broken moral code. Women are nothing more than property, barely educated. At the age of 19 they must marry or are sent to factories where they will birth children until they die. Zelenka is a special girl. Her parents married for love and have taught her so much more than is allowed. On her 19th birthday she hopes to marry a man for love but he turns her down. Other information comes to her and she becomes desperate to escape Eldon.

Amaryllis is near Eldon and has grown as a peace loving world. Zelenka dreams of escaping to Amaryllis and has an opportunity when she meets Fianna. But Amaryllis is not all perfect and comes bearing its own problems. But Zelenka is not safe on Amaryllis, she is being hunted and this is going to put the whole planet in trouble.

This is an amazing story. Eldon is Earth after it has been nearly destroyed. It is a pit of corruption with the world polluted both physically and spiritually. I felt for Zelenka and the horrible future that she is faced with, especially after she learns the fate of one of her friends. She dreams for a better world but, as the saying goes, the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence.

The real thing that got to me was the world building. Eldon is this dystopian world that has become broken and damaged and knows nothing but violence and death.  Amaryllis is a peaceful utopian world yet no real defense against serious injuries or attack. It makes you really thing about the things that could go wrong in both of these worlds especially when one never thinks or has a plan for worst case scenarios.

This is a fantastic read and the ending makes it feel like there may be a sequel but I am not seeing anything. I would love to read a sequel so fingers crossed.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Fountain Dead

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Fountain Dead by Theresa Braun

Expected Publication: November 20th, 2018

Genre: Mature YA Horror/ Paranormal

Publisher: Unnerving Press

Mark is uprooted from his home and high school in the Twin Cities and forced to move with his family into a Victorian in Nowhere-ville. Busy with the relocation and fitting in, Mark’s parents don’t see what’s unfolding around them—the way rooms and left behind objects seem alive with a haunted past.

Of course, Mark keeps his ghostly encounters to himself, all the while sinking deeper into the house’s dark, alluring, and ultimately terrifying history. As romantic entanglements intensify, the paranormal activity escalates. Past and present come together. Everything is connected—from the bricks in the walls to the hearts beating in their chests, all the secrets of Fountain Dead are finally unearthed.

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Excerpt

Emma sensed the shockwaves of the earthquake before it struck. The air fizzled with rage.          

If Sasha hadn’t run off to get married while Emma was away, the maidservant might’ve proven a heroic buffer to what was to come. Emma missed working alongside her assistant. Now even more than ever. 

Emma’s underarms dampened, despite the chill seeping in through the windows. Her trembling hands fiddled with the tray of bandages, ointments, and miscellaneous implements as she mimicked organizing them. When would she get Jonathan alone to update him on her trip? She wondered if having already spoken to him would’ve done any good at the moment. 

The door thwacked open. 

Riley stormed into the room and menaced beside her. 

She straightened her spine to avoid cowering. 

His gravelly voice indicated a control of his anger. “Remember what I told you?” 

As he neared, Emma’s knees locked, her eyes closed. Where was Jonathan? The entire house had fallen eerily still. God, where was Hugh? Was he ever returning home? 

“You’re coming with me.” 

His directive left no room for resistance. 

“This is as good a time as any to tell you your precious brother’s dead. So you can get it out of your head that he’ll come rescue you. He ain’t ever coming back. And, Pa, well—”

Emma still hadn’t turned to acknowledge him. Even if she did, he’d merely be a haze of color through her tears. The need to know what happened to Hugh attacked her like a swarm of bees. A desperate sadness was the brutal sting. Could the news be accurate? Or was it the cruelest invention meant to debilitate her? She shamefully wished Riley had been the one to die. Tempted to rectify that, she lamented her pistol lay back in her bedroom.   

When she didn’t move, he seized her by the arm. 

Noticing her attention on the dark object in his other hand, Riley raised it to her face and twirled it between his fingers. 

It was Jonathan’s pipe. Had he not taken it with him that next morning? Did Riley discover it in her room? Is that what this was about? 

When her brother jerked Emma away, the tray of medical supplies crashed to the floor. Her feet stumbled along through the dining room, into the kitchen, and then down the stairs into the basement. The Mason jars of blood, fluids, and organs stared at her from the shelves, in commiseration, or condemnation. She couldn’t fathom either.   

The metal door to the safe gaped wide like a broken jaw. 

Her arms and fingers numbed.

Riley shoved her sidelong through the open maw, into the remnant of daylight within. 

Praying he’d have a last minute change of heart, Emma faced him, her eyes pleading. 

“You better not be carrying that red-devil’s spawn—or I’ll do you like I did that squaw. Don’t think I won’t.”

What was he talking about? One of his war atrocities? Could she be pregnant—the thought hadn’t occurred to her.

“Please,” she begged as the door banged shut, the light snuffing out.

“Think about what you’ve done, you whore.” 

He spun the combination lock. The clatter and clicks equaled the lit fuse on a stick of dynamite.  

Emma battered the door. “Let me out.”

Riley’s stifled yelling thundered on the other side.

“Please.” Her cheek smashed against the frigid iron.

The tramping of his boots overwhelmed her sobs.

 

About the Author

Hmmm. What’s this? Looks like Ms. Braun left her computer on and her Goodreads bio open.

This should be fun.

What can we say about Theresa? I mean other than the fact that she’s weirdly obsessed with smiley faces :-). Like, seriously obsessed >:-*. It’s kinda scary :-O.

I think she thinks she’s from Renaissance England or Venice or something. I never could figure out which one it was. (She’s really bad at doing accents.)

She likes romance novels and crime TV, which are pretty much the same thing when you think about it. Ha! Am I right?

She has a hell of a singing voice. Seriously. It’s, like, seventh circle of hell bad.

She likes editing. A lot. Just wait till she get’s a load a this.

Cats. Shoes. Chips and salsa. In that order.

Yeah, that last part didn’t make sense to me either.

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My Review

5 Stars

Mark’s parents have decided to move to an amazing Victorian in the middle of nowhere. Of course it has torn Mark away from the love of his life and turned everything on its head. But Mark discovers things are off in this house and the hauntings are more than just stories.

At the same time we learn about Emma, whose family built the house, in 1862. She has been taken from the love of her life and her father has decided that she is to marry whom they chose. Emma would rather teach than marry. But then things go wrong for her family and we learn how she and a bunch of ghosts are tied to the house.

I loved this story. Mark is a typical kid from 1988 and heartbroken. Yet I loved Emma too. She is such a strong girl for the time. What happens to her is horrible yet made me even more invested in the story hoping Mark could help her. This is the first book I have read of Theresa Braun’s but it will not be the last one.

If you are looking for a paranormal story, look no further. Fountain Dead is a great read and one I recommend.

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Be Careful What You Joust For (Pentavia – 1) by Ryan Hauge & Ivy Smoak

The fiercest knights in the realm are coming together to compete in the Joust for Arwin’s Lance, a tournament that will divide even the closest alliances. The winner alone will have the power to start or prevent a war from unfolding across the peaceful lands of Pentavia.

House Hornbolt, a prominent family that desires peace above all else, is hosting the tournament. The Hornbolt’s have always been strict followers of tradition. The first born son wears the armor of a knight. The second takes the priestly Oath of Arwin. And the daughters get married off to the most eligible suitors.

The eldest son is the favorite to win the tournament. But the rest of the Hornbolts aren’t as eager to follow the paths laid out for them. What if the second born wants to be a knight too? And what if the eldest daughter just gave her heart to a common thief?

Customs are meant to be broken. But that’s not all that threatens to shatter House Hornbolt, not when a secret deeper than the late king’s grave is unearthed right before the joust.

The fate of Pentavia hangs in the balance as war becomes imminent. And the scales are about to tip.

One wrong move and everything could fall to pieces.

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Ryan Hauge

About the Author

Ryan Hauge is the author of the highly anticipated Pentavia fantasy series. Drawing inspiration from his toy business and the countless computer games he grew up playing, he weaves tales of mystery and intrigue.

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My Review

5 stars

Pentavia is a peaceful land yet war is starting to creep into its boarders. House Hornbolt has decided to host a Joust for Armin’s Lance. This will decide who will lead Pentavia to war or peace. But there is a whole lots of secrets, plots, and plans that are going into this tournament. The story revolves more around the Hornbolt family but there are a few others added in.

This story is based around the joust to determine the fate of the land, but there is no much more happening in the Hornbolt family and the competing families. For the Hornbolt’s I find it amazing how a family can be close yet know absolutely nothing about each other and their personal desires.

As for the rest of the families in the joust, it’s hard to figure out who is looking out for the kingdom and who wants the power for their own gains. About the only thing that I could complain about would be that I wish I could have learned more about the actual tournament.

Over all this is a great read and perfect start to the series. Of course it ends in a killer cliff hanger that is going to have you longing for the next book in the series.

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