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Review: Within the Shadows by Julieanne Lynch

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SYNOPSIS

Living on the razors edge, Giselle Bergman’s life is torn apart by her cheating boyfriend. Little does she realize that he is the least of her worries when her long term friend, Alex, reveals a secret long hidden, and introduces to his family and a new, darker world; a world of lies, deceit and corruption.

Thrown from one problem straight into another, the razors edge gets thinner and sharper, testing Giselle’s sanity and vitality. Never truly knowing who her allies are, Giselle soon learns not to trust anyone, not even herself.

How far will Giselle run to escape what fate has dealt her?

Will she truly be free from the shadows that not only want her soul, but have her reborn as their Queen?

Join Giselle on a journey that is only beginning…

Not even she can hide when living within the shadows.

 

REVIEW

This was a very fast-paced novel that never stays on one path!

This was one wicked ride that left me dizzy, but I’m anxiously awaiting the rest of the story. I’m a thrill junkie; therefore, this novel was my cup of tea. The writing style is creative, and though the story line may not seem uncommon, the events that take place are very irregular. Our heroine deviates from the predicted path often, and there was not a moment in which I could tell whom she could trust. While some of the actions are typical of an erratic teenage girl, there were a few instances in which I felt she could’ve used a little more intellect. However; this novel is so addictive I do not feel deterred, and I look forward to reading the next installment.  Excellent debut!

This is not a stand-alone and I recommend it for ages sixteen and up.

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ABOUT THIS LITERARY CHEF

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Julieanne Lynch is an author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Julieanne lives in Northern Ireland, is married to her childhood sweetheart and together they have five children.

Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths, a rock star being one of them. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at The Open University, and considered journalism as a career path. However, she decided writing was the way for her and believes all of her education and reading prepared her for it.

An avid reader, Julieanne has always had an encompassing fascination with folklore. When not writing, she enjoys crime series such as Criminal Minds, CSI, NCIS and Cold Case, and loves anything with Vampires, listening to metal, meeting new people, drinking lots of green tea, and sharing her dreams with her children. She is a self-professed goth wanna-be,and is happy when left to write into the early hours of the morning.

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COVER REVEAL! BURNT DEVOTION (The Imdalind Series #5) by REBECCA ETHINGTON

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Burnt Devotion
Series: Imdalind Series

Author: Rebecca EthingtonRelease Date: March 22, 2015

 
 Burnt Devotion, Book 5 in the Imdalind Series.
Dawn of Ash – the previously announced book five has now been moved to book 6.
Yes! An extra book. If you 
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been waiting for the next installment of The Imdalind Series this is the book
you  h
ave been waiting for!
It was supposed to be the final battle,
the one to end Edmund’s line, his life, and free the magic Edmund had taken
from the world. That was how it was foreseen. The end of the battle that has
raged for centuries, unbeknownst to the mortals around them, the battle that
would end with Joclyn’s death.

 

But it did neither.

 

The battle still reigns, Joclyn still
lives, and the sight that was given eight hundred years ago is broken.

 

And it’s not the only one.

 

          Sights that were once thought infallible
have become nothing more than scattered glass, with broken pieces shattering
into incorrect visages. Sain clings to the magic that he knows to be true, but
there is something else, something that he is not saying. And what he does say
is no longer adding up.

 

Something is wrong.

 

Ilyan and his people move through the
caves, following a sight they hope to be correct, fleeing a battle that should
have been the end while the battle within each of them grows with each step.

 

Ryland fights the monsters his father has
infected him with.

 

Wynifred fights the confusion of who she
is.

 

Dramin fights to live.

 

Prague may not survive this battle, it
may be ripped to shreds… or burned to ashes.

 

Burnt Devotion is a Clean Young-Adult
Paranormal Romance

 

Language: Mild to Moderate
Violence: Moderate
Sexual Content: Low to None

 

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 Rebecca Ethington is a story teller and author
from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been telling stories since she was small.
First, with writing crude scripts, and then in stage with years of theatrical
performances. Rebecca’s first stint into the world of literary writing, The
Imdalind Series, was released in October 2012 and since its release each book
has been found in several top 100 lists on Amazon. Rebecca is a mother to two,
and wife to her best friend of 14 years. Her days are spent writing, running,
and enjoying life with her crazy family.
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The International best selling Imdalind
Series continues in the highly anticipated fifth installment, Burnt Devotion.
Discover the series that USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog called
“interesting and intense.”

Branded at a young age by a mysterious
mark on her skin, Joclyn’s life has been shrouded with mystery and lies.
Abandoned by her father, and forced to keep her deformity a secret. Joclyn
lives with a haunting secret that she can’t share with anyone… not even her
best friend, Ryland.

But Ryland knows something she doesn’t,
and when he finds the mark all of the secrets become dangers that threaten to
destroy not only Joclyn’s life, but the fragile thread of a world that she
didn’t even know existed.

With over 200,000 copies sold, THE
IMDALIND SERIES  is a riveting drama that will quench your thirst for the
final saga.
Kiss of Fire (Imdalind #1)

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ! FORSAKEN by Kristen Day

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Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you…

Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago. Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her

Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.

Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendants of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.

But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love.

She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesized to be a part of. The fate of all the descendants will forever depend upon it.

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REVIEW

This is definitely a cliffhanger!

I was completely immersed in this novel, as the writing is superb and the story line is enchanting.  The adventure is exciting, setting is almost tangible, due to the descriptive writing, and the romance is appropriate for YA readers.  I admire the creativity involved, and I have no doubt that lovers of this genre will be captivated.

Complete with crazy friends, a mysterious hottie, and an extraordinary paranormal world, this novel is a wonderful debut for the YA crowd!  I can’t wait to read the next installment!

**I received a copy of this delectable debut in exchange for an honest review**

ABOUT THIS LITERARY CHEF

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I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I’ve been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses – swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn’t pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).

When I’m not writing I’m making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband.

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99¢ SALE!! SMORGASBORD BY Jagjiwan Sohal

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5.0 out of 5 stars FUN AND WACKY, July 27, 2014
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THIS AUTHOR HAS A FUN AND WACKY SENSE OF WRITING. THIS BOOK HAS ZOMBIES, THOSE FLESH EATING, UGLY AND SMELLY MUTANTS BUT DEF NOT YOUR TYPICAL ZOMBIE STORY. ITS A FUN READ FOR ANY AGED GUY OR GAL.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Summer Read!!!!, July 9, 2014
This review is from: Smorgasbord (Kindle Edition)

Do you like having cookouts in the summer? Well, what about a smorgasbord? This book is totally out of my comfort zone as a reader and I loved it! I am normally not the zombie/vampire fan and I’m here to tell you, this is a fun summer read! Great for all ages, young and old.The story centers around Julie, who was born as a vampire when she was a teen. She is older, but still lives in her teen body. She saves a little zombie boy from danger and takes him under her wing, staying clear of humans. Yes, in this story, humans hunt ghouls of all kinds, and serve them up at the annual Monster Mash Food Festival. I don’t think I would personally like to eat a zombie or a werewolf and vampires are hard to catch, so that’s way too much work for me. But the suburbanites, also known as the Wilkerson family, work hard to kill the ghouls in the neighborhood, even by teaching their children to shoot them dead. Our main vampire, though, snacks on veggies only.

I loved that this story was like a car chase, not knowing what was around every corner as Julie protects the zombie boy while trying to outwit the Wilkersons. She learns to fight for her survival and makes many friends along the way. Sohal makes us root for the monsters, which I thought he did brilliantly. Also the big plus was learning about Julie’s past. I connected with her during this flashback as she tells the zombie boy a bedtime story: The story of her early vampire life. The only disappointment for me was, I was hoping to read more about the ghosts. I found it clever that ghosts were drank, not eaten, hence the term: Spirits.

Highly recommended for a fun summer read, fast paced, and keeps you on the edge! I really hope there is a book two in the works, because I cannot wait to get a copy!

 

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REVIEW & GIVEAWAY..SMORGASBORD by Jagjiwan Sohal

 

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Title: Smorgasbord
Author: Jagjiwan Sohal
Genre: Middle-Grade/Young Adult Comedy Horror
Length: 170 pages
Release Date: March 2014
ISBN-13: 978-0615971919
Imprint: Mythos Press

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SYNOPSIS:

 

When Anna Lopez’s zombie attack video goes viral, no one could believe that the high school cheerleader had taken a bite out of the undead monster – and liked it! Now nothing will ever be the same for supernatural beings…because humans have discovered they taste freakin’ DELICIOUS!

 

And when a zombie boy gets in the crosshairs of a gang of hungry-human hunters, Julie, a young vampire loner, jumps in for the rescue. But now Julie’s got more than she bargained because taking care of a rambunctious undead creature who only knows one word (“brains”) is NOT easy. And when Julie and her zombie pal stumble upon on a crazed soccer mom, they find themselves on the run from a trigger-happy family who want nothing more than to grill them up for a neighborhood barbecue bash!

 

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My thoughts:

I’ve always liked fantasy books, and they haven’t always been as action-packed as this was. This was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. What I liked the most was the concept. It was both great and funny that Julie and brains were trying to not get eaten by the humans, same goes with the other monsters. I am going to tell my friends about this book!

CeeCee’s Review

 

Reading & Discussing this creatively adventurous novel with my sub-teen was a blast!

There are several characters that make this book amazingly unique, but our main focus is on Julie, a teen vampire, and a zombie- child whose only vocabulary is “brains”. While these two run for their lives, they’re lucky enough to encounter more paranormal creatures with the same problem: they’re the newest culinary fad. Unfortunately, there’s a psychotic woman leading a group of hunters that makes ted nugent look like mr. rogers. Throw in a zombie rancher, his spokeswoman, and a reporter scorned, and you have one heck of an adventure!

For the record, I’m not a zombie fan, but I truly enjoyed this book! This author is brilliant! I highly recommend picking this one up!

As a parent, I must warn that there is some descriptive violence involved here. Although my son & I had a wonderful time reading this, I wouldn’t recommend this novel for children below the 6th grade.

 

 

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Born and raised near Toronto, Canada, Jagjiwan Sohal works in the Canadian film and TV industry as an up-and-coming screenwriter and producer. His short stories have been published by The Horror Zine, Scribal Tales and Hello Horror. Smorgasbord is his first novel.

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BLOG STOP! TEMPTED(A BirthRight Novel)by Brandi Leigh Hall

What if the very thing to save you—is the one thing beyond your reach?

Torn between the two men who have fallen for her–and the evil who wants to possess her–twenty-year-old Chloe Bishop can no longer remember the fatal vision which threatens her future happiness. But when the magical link is severed between Chloe and her Wiccan family, they must find a way to save her before temptation leads her into darkness—-and into the welcoming arms of Mr. Wrong.

A Sweet Upper YA / NA Paranormal Romance, perfect for fans of CHARMED!

CONTENT RATING: (PG 13)
No sex, passionate kissing, moderate swearing

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REVIEW

 

Excellent addition to the series!

I simply love stories involving witches, but I always try to remain unbiased. Luckily, this novel is an easy read that immediately sucked me in! The mystery, drama, and sweet romance, was played out very well. The writing style is entertaining, and the characters are unique. Although the narration bounces from one point of view to another, this merely increases the dramatic effect.

I like the closeness of this supernatural family, and I look forward to what’s coming next!

Haven’t read book #1- Tethered? Snag it today!

No matter how you try to fight it—Destiny has a mind of its own!

Returning home to her Wiccan roots wasn’t quite what nineteen-year-old Chloe Bishop had in mind for summer break. But when fate makes other plans, Chloe is forced to face her unwanted magical abilities—the destiny she never knew existed—and the handsome stranger who is somehow tethered to both.

 

 

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TANGLED (A BirthRight Novel #3)

Release Date: December 2014

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20887833-tangled

 

About the Author:
Brandi lives in central Pennsylvania with her fur-ball cats (Onyx and Klepto), where she spends most of her time attached to her laptops, reading books, appeasing her sweet tooth, and watching TV for motivation.

Growing up in a haunted house inspired Brandi’s fascination with the paranormal, so it only made sense that she’d write Urban Fantasy books for both teens and adults.

Brandi hasn’t been lucky enough to meet her soul mate (yet), so she writes paranormal tales of those who have. Her stories combine magical elements with real-life issues, strong female characters, semi-old fashioned men and family values, woven together and told from an emotional, first-person perspective. She enjoys writing sweet stories that teach girls it’s okay to speak your mind and be independent, career-driven, and not worry about fitting in to society’s mold.

In addition to the BirthRight Novels, she also has four additional adventures she’ll be writing over the next few years, so stay-tuned.

 

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RELEASE DAY! SURRENDER THE SKY by MERADETH HOUSTON

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“I wish I didn’t know. I wish my heart hadn’t been seared black in my chest. I wish everything were different.” – Surrender the Sky

 

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Surrender the Sky by Meradeth Houston

Gabby lives by two unbreakable rules: don’t expose her kind, the Sary, and don’t fall in love—too bad some rules are made to be broken.

When Gabby’s most difficult charge accidentally shoots her in front of a class full of students, the event exposes her carefully hidden identity. She shifts from looking like a normal teen to her secret Sary form, revealing her wings and the existence of her kind—immortals who try to keep people from committing suicide. Her incident attracts the attention of the next leader of the Sary, Jassen, who offers her an impossible bargain: she can keep her wings if she makes amends with those who know the truth. Things get more complicated when a rebel Sary, intent on exposing them to the world, starts interfering with Gabby’s work. And there’s no denying her attraction to Jassen, who is torn between his duties and his heart. With threats at every turn and her immortality on the line, Gabby has to find a way to save the Sary or surrender the sky forever.

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” I knew the day was not going to end well as soon as I saw the gun. It bulged in the outside pocket of his backpack, hidden unless someone looked for it. Of course, I had to be the one looking for it.

Chad kept his head down in class, his pen scratching dark lines of some doodle across his paper. I couldn’t drag my gaze away from him.

He’d brought a gun. Damn it. He was going to follow through with his plan.

I was focusing so hard on the knot of guilt in my stomach and the tangle of plans to stop Chad that Bea had to kick my chair to alert me class had started. Of course, Bea had to be in this class with the homicidal kid who was my responsibility.

I did a quick head count. It was Friday, half-day schedule, last period, with spring break starting next week. Most everyone had ditched already, and only thirteen people remained, including our teacher.

Unfortunately, just enough of the students on Chad’s list stayed for the last class. “

 

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About the Author, Meradeth Houston

meradethI’ve never been a big fan of talking about myself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about me:

>I’m a California girl. This generally means I talk too fast and use “like” a lot.

>I have my doctorate in molecular anthropology. Translation: I sequence dead people’s DNA and spend a whole lot of time in a lab, which I love.

>I’ve been writing since I was 11 years old. It’s my hobby, my passion, and I’m so happy to get to share my work!

>My other passion is teaching. There’s nothing more fun than getting a classroom of college kids fired up about anthropology!

>If I could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because I’m terrified of heights.

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