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Cover Reveal: Surrender/ Justice

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SURRENDER (The Ferryman + The Flame #1)
Author: Rhiannon Paille
How far would you go to save everything you ever loved?
Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn’t listen, and because of what she is– a Flame– one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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JUSTICE (The Ferryman + The Flame #2)
Author: Rhiannon Paille

How far would you go to destroy yourself?
Krishani always knew he would have to go to the Lands of Men, but he never thought it would be like this. Enemies everywhere, an ancestor he can’t respect, elders he can’t trust, a curse he can’t stop and friends he can’t help but hate. Desperate to end the pain, he sets out on a quest to find the other Flames and face the enemy that took everything from him.

Rhi was never a normal girl. Her life was an urban fantasy wrapped in a paranormal romance and served with a side of horror.  To escape her everyday weirdness she began writing fantasy. She studied at U of Sedona and MIMT, obtaining a PhD in Metaphysical Science and Parapsychology. She’s married to a chef/comic book shop owner and has a fondness for architecture. She frequents twitter and facebook, but if you really want to get to know her you should visit her site:
Note:  Both of these books are free on Kindle (Amazon) for 1 day on March 19, 2013.

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Cover Reveal: Afterlife Academy/ Hell’s Hollow


Afterlife Academy by Jaimie Admans
Publication date: March 15th 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
Synopsis: Even being dead isn’t enough to get you out of math class.

Dying wasn’t on sixteen-year-old Riley Richardson’s to-do list. And now, not only is she dead, but she’s stuck in a perpetual high school nightmare. Worse still, she’s stuck there with the geekiest, most annoying boy in the history of the world, ever. In a school where the geeks are popular and just about everything is wrong, Riley has become an outcast. She begins a desperate quest to get back to her perfect life, but her once-perfect life starts to unravel into something not nearly as perfect as she thought it was.
And maybe death isn’t really that bad after all…

Welcome to Afterlife Academy, where horns are the norm, the microwave is more intelligent than the teachers, and the pumpkins have a taste for blood.

Jaimie is a 27-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, drinking tea and watching horror movies. She hates spiders and cheese & onion crisps.She has been writing for years, but has never before plucked up the courage to tell people. She writes mostly chick-lit and young adult. Kismetology is her first novel and there are plenty more on the way!
Personal Thoughts: I love the contrast between black and white and the hints of color. It makes it somewhat surreal and intriguing. The rose on the cover and the way it was done, made me think it might be another vampire novel, but it doesn’t sound like it is. I think there’s more than enough vampire books out there right now. Haha.
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Hell’s Hollow by Summer Stone
Publication date:  
March 2013
YA Paranormal
Synopsis: When Seraphina was younger, she healed her best friend’s injured hand. Terrified by the inexplicable cure, the girl shunned her. From that day on, Seraphina found herself without friends, a freak and an oddity. And so she obeyed her mother’s rule to refrain from using her innate ability, heeded her mother’s warning that its use could land her in the local mental health facility alongside her aunt and grandmother.

But when sixteen-year-old Seraphina finds a mysterious, wounded boy hiding in the hollow in the woods behind her house, she can’t hold out against the overpowering urge to help him. She is drawn to him each night, and as they come to know one another, their irresistible attraction blooms.
She longs to uncover his secrets — where he comes from and why he’s hiding and how he came to be so wounded — and to share her own, though she knows it’s forbidden. And while her healing touch seems to be helping him, it’s hurting her. When the symptoms of psychosis — experienced by the women in her bloodline who used their powers — begin to plague Seraphina, she is faced with the unbearable choice of saving her sanity or the boy she’s come to love.

Author Bio: 
Summer Stone loves immersing herself in the worlds that live inside her mind. When she’s in the real world, she likes kicking back on the beach, exploring new places, reading (of course) and eating rich, gooey chocolate. She loves spending time with her husband and kids, which she does as much as she can. Summer writes young adult and women’s fiction, both supernatural and contemporary, realistic and looks forward to sharing her novels with you!
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 Personal Thoughts: The cover is intriguing. If you look at it one way, you can see the outline of the person, if you look at it another you, it just looks like a blob of color. It is definitely an interesting mix. The plot line caught my interest and I might take a chance on the book when it comes out.


Cover Reveal: Descendant

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Descendant by Nichole Giles
Publication date: May 1st 2013
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing
Genre: YA Paranormal
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Abigail Johnson is Gifted.
Blessed—or cursed—with Sight and Healing, Abby lives an unsettled life,  moving from place to place and staying one step ahead of the darkness  that hunts her. When she arrives in Jackson, Wyoming, she is desperate  to maintain the illusion of normalcy, but she is plagued with visions of past lives mixed with frightening glimpses of her future. Then she  meets Kye, a mysterious boy who seems so achingly familiar that Abby is  drawn to him like he’s a missing piece of her own soul.
Before Abby can discover the reason for her feelings toward Kye, the  darkness catches up to her and she is forced to flee again. But this  time she’s not just running. She is fighting back with Kye at her side,  and it’s not just Abby’s life at stake.
Author Biography:
Nichole Giles had early career plans of becoming an actress or a rock star, but she decided instead to have a family and then become a writer. Writing is her passion, but  she also loves to spend time with her husband and children, travel to  tropical and exotic destinations, drive in the rain with the convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along.

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Book Review: Beyond the Grave

Beyond the Grave by Mara Purnhagen

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Published: August 23, 2011

In the conclusion to the Past Midnight series, there are a lot of unknowns that still need to be figured out. Charlotte is still recovering from the attack that happened to her and her family three months ago. Everything has changed since then. She missed out on prom.  She’s going to a local community college instead of going out of state, her mother is still in a coma, but at least she still has her boyfriend Noah. But lately Noah  have been very secretive and seems to be pulling away. It

When strange things start happening and Noah disappears, Charlotte must find out what’s happening and fix it before another disaster falls on her and those around her. She must fight the paranormal and get her life back, she is done moping and waiting around for things to change back to normal.

Personal Thoughts: 

What a great conclusion to the Past Midnight series! There was so much action packed into this novel it’s crazy. The author did a good job of incorporating the other two books into this one with little tidbits to inform the reader of something that happened in the past. A reader can pick this book up and not feel like they are missing a piece of the puzzle. One thing that was a shocker for me was the additional characters Michael and Marcus and the the plot twists that happened with them.

The complexities of what was happening to Noah and those around him brought everything together in the end. It was interesting to see that Bliss went from ‘I hate you’ to ‘let’s be friends’ in this book. It shows that some times you can’t judge people and that they have their reasons for being the way they are.

Out of the three books in the series, I think this one is my favorite overall.

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Book Review: One Hundred Candles

One Hundred Candles by Mara Purnhagen

Published: March 2011

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

The sequel begins innocently enough with Charlotte, Noah and Avery going to a house party. The host of the party, popular football star Harris Abbott invites all of them to Gwyn’s house for a little fun. They play a game called One Hundred Candles, where everyone in the circle goes around telling ghost stories and lighting a candle after they are done. When one hundred stories have been told, something is supposed to happen. Charlotte thinks it’s just fun and goes along, debunking each story as its told, however it all changes when they all go back to school.

Unexplained occurences begin to happen and all of a sudden their school is said to be haunted. Charlotte, her family and friends are now in danger, and she must find a way to close the door to the other realm that she has opened before it is too late.

Personal Thoughts:

This is the sequel to Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen. First thought that popped into my mind as I was reading this book was wow. It’s definitely more action packed than in the last book. Right from the start of the book to the very end. I liked how there were two plots, a main one and subplot to keep the suspense going.

When I saw the cover I thought, the one hundred candles might have something to do with a seance and it was close to it. I love how on each of the covers, we never actually get to see Charlotte Silver. We only see a part of her face but never the eyes.

The plot made things tense for Charlotte for a while by making it really personal. People that are closest to Charlotte are hurt and there is nothing that she can do. I felt sympathy for her and it made me keep on reading to find out what was going to happen. Things are definitely not what they seem in this book and that’s what makes it even more interesting to read.

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Book Review: Past Midnight

Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen

Published: September 2010

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Past Midnight is about Charlotte Silver, a normal teenage girls who just happens to have parents that debunk ghost theories for a living. They travel all over the world searching for the next ghost phenomenon and proving that it is false. According to their theories, there are no such things as ghosts, it is usually something else such as energy, a creaky floor board etc.

She tries her hardest to keep it a secret for as long as possible but eventually someone finds out and her life is changed once again.

Everything changes when they visit Charleston and the ghosts begin to speak to Charlotte. She thinks that they have left her alone when they leave, but that is not the case when they make themselves comfortable within her dreams and in her bedroom.

To make it even more complicated, Avery, her new best friend is hiding something that happened the year before Charlotte came to the school. Everyone seems to know what happened, except her. Between the ghosts, her new life and friends, she is kept busy.

Through research and their ‘ghost’ equipment, the Silver family realizes soon enough that time is running out and something ominous could happen. Theories are thrown out the window when Charlotte is faced with the ghosts face to face and knows that she must do whatever necessary to bring closure, both for herself and the ghosts that are trying to move on.

Personal Thoughts: 

As a fan of the paranormal and ghosts, I had high expectations for this book. Unfortunately, they fell short. I was expecting a lot more action when it comes to the paranormal side, especially since Charlotte’s parents were into it hardcore, but there was not enough in my opinion.

The overall story captivated my interest, but the pacing was a bit slow. It only started to be paced a bit faster towards the end of the book and that’s when it really grabbed my attention.

I loved how the author had a nice mix between the paranormal and real life contemporary young adult life. It was an easy and enjoyable read and I’ll be looking into the other books in this series. You know what they say about series, one book you might not like, but another you will love. Let’s see what kind of paranormal is stored in the next book. 🙂