Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Rule of Three by Katerina Martinez

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The Rule of Three

The Rule of Three (Amber Lee Mysteries #2)
Katerina Martinez
Published: 31st January, 2015

Summary:

A young witch is haunted by a shadowy spectre. Is it fate given form, or something more sinister?

In the second book of the Amber Lee Mysteries Series we return to Raven’s Glen and pick up a few months after the story left off – a few months after the attack that almost killed her.

Thanks to a lack of leads, Amber, a Wiccan with true magick power, abandoned the search for the person who gave the order to have her killed. But the near death experience helped her grow into a more well-rounded witch and for the first time, she feels powerful. So what is it? What’s keeping her up at night and why can’t she remember her dreams any more?

Rattled by a debilitating lack of sleep and incessant nightmares she can’t remember, Amber is struggling to keep the weak grip she has on her life before things start slipping through her fingers. But there are forces at work in Raven’s Glen. Dark forces with a nefarious agenda. Forces beyond Amber’s ability to identify and defend against. Another mystery needs solving, and as the threads begin to unravel Amber discovers just how high the stakes really are.

What is Amber really dreaming about? Who is the mysterious hooded man stalking her around town? What is wrong with Aaron? And when it comes down to the crunch, will she learn from her mistakes in the arenas of morals, magick and romance?

Or will she be consumed by her own hubris?

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M9B Friday Reveal: Cover Reveal for Gods of Chaos by Jen McConnel

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Welcome to this weeks Month9Books Friday Reveal! This week we have a cover reveal for Gods of Chaos, the second book in the Daughter of Chaos series by Jen McConnel! I’ve read one of Jen’s books before (Beautiful Curse) and I really liked her writing, and while I haven’t read Daughter of Chaos just yet I hope to soon! Now, let’s take a look at this new cover and don’t forget there’s a giveaway at the end for you to enter to earn a chance to win this book upon it’s release!

Gods of Chaos

Gods of Chaos (Daughter of Chaos #2)
Jen McConnel
Releasing: 31st March, 2015
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Summary:

The gods of chaos cannot be trusted.

When Darlena Agara declared to follow Red Magic last fall, she had no idea what she was getting into. Since then, however, she’s had a crash course in danger, deceit, and destruction. In an effort to gain an ally, Darlena heads to Scotland in search of another Red Witch, but she didn’t count on the new obstacles (and crazy gods) that await her.

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Dewi and the Seeds of Doom by Maggie Lyons

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Dewi and the Seeds of Doom

Dewi and the Seeds of Doom
Maggie Lyons
Published: October 2012
Halo Publishing International

Summary:

When Dewi is clobbered by a falling rat, the nosy Welsh dragon snoops his way into a challenging predicament. Helped by a toad with a passion for chemical wart cures, Dewi discovers that a megalomaniac baron is secretly breeding mutant corn at an unfriendly castle. To thwart the genetically modified-corn baron’s sickening plan, he must use moxie and firepower in a series of catastrophe-skirting capers.

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Counteract by Tracy Lawson

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Counteract

Counteract (Resistance Series #1)
Tracy Lawson
Published: 6th August, 2014
Buddhapuss Ink LLC  

Summary:

Two strangers-their destinies entwined-must work together to thwart a terrorist the country never suspected.

The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense has guarded the public against the rampant threat of terrorism for the last fifteen years with the full backing of the US government. Their carefully crafted list of Civilian Restrictions means no concerts or sporting events, no travel, no social media, no cash transactions, and no driver’s licenses for eighteen-year-olds Tommy and Careen. The OCSD has even outlawed grocery stores, all in the name of safety.

Now, there’s a new threat-airborne chemical weapons that could be activated at any time. But the OCSD has an antidote: Just three drops a day is all it takes to stay safe. It’s a small price to pay for safety.

Or is it…

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Book Blitz: Courtlight series and Crown Service series by Terah Edun

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Sworn to Raise (Courtlight #1)
Terah Edun
Published: 10th April, 2013

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Sworn to Transfer (Courtlight #2)
Terah Edun
Published: 17th September, 2013

The Courtlight Series

When peasant girl Ciardis is chosen for a position at court, she travels across the empire to begin a new life. To survive, she’ll need to master intrigue, befriend a crown prince, and learn to control magical abilities she never knew existed.

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Child of Brii by Amanda J. McGee

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Child of Brii

Child of Brii
Amanda J. McGee
Published: 12th February, 2013

Summary:

Disciple to the Lady Brii, keeper of the memories of a hidden people, Amaya has always accepted her place. Since birth she has been trained to rule, and she even falls in love with one who shares her burden. But when her beloved is murdered, Amaya does the unthinkable: she flees her duty and runs to the land of humankind, age old enemies of all she holds dear. Amongst the skyscrapers and paved streets of a foreign city, she is saved by the kindness of strangers and meets Rin. He takes her in, shelters her, and offers her a new life. Will Amaya be able to accept his offer, or will the shadows that haunt her and the traitors who follow her take this life as well?

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Book Blitz: Henge by Realm Lovejoy

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Henge (Le Fay #1)
Realm Lovejoy
Published: 11th November, 2014

Summary:

Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted.

Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will. Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.

Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user, takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see her fail.

But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic? Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.

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“Camelot meets Hogwarts meets Panem in this intriguing, well-written beginning to a planned YA series.”–Kirkus Reviews

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Going Down in Flames series by Chris Canon

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Going Down in Flames (Going Down in Flames #1)
Chris Cannon
Published: 30th June, 2014
Entangled Teen

Summary:

If her love life is going down in flames, she might as well spark a revolution.

Finding out on your sixteenth birthday you’re a shape-shifting dragon is tough to swallow. Being hauled off to an elite boarding school is enough to choke on.

Since Bryn is the only crossbreed at the Institute for Excellence, all eyes are on her, but it’s a particular black dragon, Zavien, who catches her attention.

Zavien is tired of the Council’s rules. Segregated clans, being told who to love, and close-minded leaders make freedom of choice almost impossible. The new girl with the striped hair is a breath of fresh air, and with Bryn’s help, they may be able to change the rules.

At the Institute, old grudges, new crushes, and death threats are all part of a normal day for Bryn. She’ll need to learn to control her dragon powers if she wants to make it through her first year at school. But even focusing on staying alive is difficult when you’re falling for someone you can’t have.

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Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer series by Melanie Card

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Ward Against Death (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #1)
Melanie Card
Published: 1st December, 2012
Entangled Teen

 Summary:

Twenty-year-old Ward de’Ath expected this to be a simple job-bring a nobleman’s daughter back from the dead for fifteen minutes, let her family say good-bye, and launch his fledgling career as a necromancer. Goddess knows he can’t be a surgeon-the Quayestri already branded him a criminal for trying-so bringing people back from the dead it is.  But when Ward wakes the beautiful Celia Carlyle, he gets more than he bargained for. Insistent that she’s been murdered, Celia begs Ward to keep her alive and help her find justice. By the time she drags him out her bedroom window and into the sewers, Ward can’t bring himself to break his damned physician’s Oath and desert her.  However, nothing is as it seems-including Celia. One second, she’s treating Ward like sewage, the next she’s kissing him. And for a nobleman’s daughter, she sure has a lot of enemies. If he could just convince his heart to give up on the infuriating beauty, he might get out of this alive…

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Raven by Pauline Creeden

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Raven

Raven (Chronicles of Steele #1)
Pauline Creeden
Published: 28th October, 2014
AltWit Press

Summary:

This is the complete Steampunk Fantasy novel – all four parts of the serial in one volume! Also includes bonus features not found in the episodes

Human life has value.
The poor living in the gutter are as valuable as the rich living in a manor.
The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.
Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.

Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in.

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