Review: Marked by P.C. Cast

Marked by P.C. CastTitle: Marked
Series: House of Night, #1
Author: P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
ISBN: 9780312360269
Tags: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Vampires
Source: Library
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird’s world, vampyres have always existed.  In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire — that is, if she makes it through the Change.  Not all of those who are chosen do.  It’s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling.  She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx.  But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers.  When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny–with a little help from her new vampyre friends.

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Review: Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder

Magic Study by Maria V. SnyderTitle: Magic Study
Series: Study, #2
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Publisher: Mira
ISBN: 9780778323921
Tags: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Magic, Adventure
Source: Library
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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A lesson in loyalty – A master class in intrigue

Yelena is a survivor. Kidnapped as a child, held prisoner as a teen, then released to act as a poison taster, she is now a student of magic. But these magic skills place her in imminent danger, and with an execution order on her head, she has no choice but to escape to Sitia, the land of birth
But nothing in Sitia is familiar. As she struggles to understand where she belongs and how to control her powers, a rogue magician emerges – and Yelena catches his eye. Suddenly she is embroiled in a situation not of her making. And once again her magical abilities will either save her life… or be her downfall.

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Blog Tours: The Silver Strand by L.J. Clarkson Book Blast & Giveaway

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Hello everyone and welcome at my stop of the Silver Strand Book Blast!

The Book

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Ever since twelve year old Isabelle Tresdon’s silver strand of hair sprouted, it’s been nothing but trouble: bleeding pink dust and sparking like a firecracker. Refusing to be known as the girl with the freaky, grandma hair, she wishes it never grew and the hair withers and tarnishes.

The only problem is, the strand is Isabelle’s source of magic, and she can transform particles of energy into matter. It’s also her ticket into Mastermind Academy, a secret school inside the earth’s core. Five days remain before the strand drains her magic and life, forcing Isabelle to enter into a deal with two trickster Masterminds to save it. But what she doesn’t count on is there is more at stake than just her life.

The Silver Strand, a MG Fantasy Adventure for 9-12 year olds, is book 1 in the Mastermind Academy Series.

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The Author

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One thing you need to know about L.J. Clarkson is that she tells BIG lies. She tells everyone that she gave up her career as an Environmental Engineer and Project Manager to write full time. But that’s not entirely true. Ten percent of the time she sleeps in. Fifteen percent of her day, she spends surfing the internet, researching for new books and her business. Ok, fine. Two percent is for research. But she’s only admitting it so she doesn’t end up like Boldrick. For eighteen point seven five percent of her day, she runs her promotional and support site for authors, called Indicated (www.indicated.com.au). The rest of her time involves writing, reading, watching movies and TV, walking her dogs and falling asleep whenever her boyfriend talks technical computer lingo. Truthfully, she hates early mornings, mondays, grammar (yuck! just ask her poor editor!), broccoli and cleaning. If you would like to drop her and line and let her know what you think of the book, she would love to hear from you. Just not before 8:30am in the morning.

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“Did you know Isabelle has a silver, alien antenna?” Bimouth’s voice sang out over the shouts and chatter of the school bus, capturing everyone’s attention. “In science class, a magnet flew out of Mr. Higgins’ hand and stuck to her antenna. How freaky is that?”

Isabelle’s back pressed against her seat.

Bianca leapt up like a jack-in-a-box. Her voice came out as a hiss. “Shut your face horse mite or I’ll shut it for you.”

Looked like the bus ride might end in death.

Bigmouth turned to face Bianca. “What if Isabelle’s antenna, like, turns us into alien zombies?”

A chorus of whispers broke out.

Catching the bus was a very bad idea. Isabelle prayed again for that black hole to open up and suck her in. Better yet, she wished it would gobble up the bigmouth. Isabelle tugged on Bianca’s arm and said in a low voice, “Just cut it off.”

Her friend’s eyes softened. “You sure, Boof?”

“The hair’s caused nothing but trouble since it sprouted.” The little voice inside Isabelle’s mind begged her not to, but she didn’t listen.

“Ok.” Something in Bianca’s school bag rattled as she riffled through it. She yanked a pair of scissors free.

Isabelle’s gut clenched as her friend laid the strand between the blades. “Wait!” She suddenly felt unsure about whether to get rid of it. What if it were special and magical like Bianca had said? A magnetic hair, although cool, was hardly magical. Isabelle decided to test it. Closing her eyes, she willed her strand to turn Bigmouth into a toad.

But Bigmouth’s voice still carried throughout the bus. “And in gym class, like, she bled this weird, pink dust.”

“Definitely an alien,” someone nearby agreed.

So much for Isabelle’s strand being magical. “Cut it,” she said, exchanging a sideways look with Bianca.

Her friend squeezed the handles together. Fuchsia-colored sparks shot out and scalded Isabelle’s right cheek. The strand sizzled and hissed like a firecracker, drawing the attention of Bigmouth.

She shrieked like a real girl. “Look! Isabelle’s antenna’s on fire.”

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Review: Legacy by Cayla Kluver

Legacy by Kayla KluverTitle: Legacy
Series: Legacy, #1
Author: Cayla Kluver
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
ISBN: 9780373210343
Tags: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Romance
Source: Library
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I noticed his eyes. They were blue, sharp and intense. Despite the youthful glows of his suntanned face, his eyes were cold and unfriendly, suggesting he had great experience in the world and was now expecting the worst.

In her seventeenth year, Princess Alera of Hytanica faces one duty: to marry the man who will be king. But her father’s choice of suitor fills her with despair.

When the palace guard captures and intruder— a boy her age with steel-blue eyes, hailing from her kingdom’s greatest enemy— Alera is alarmed… and intrigued. But she could not have guessed that their clandestine meetings would unveil the dark legacy shadowing both their lands.

In this mystical world of court conspiracies and blood magic, loyalties will be tested. Courage won’t be enough. And as the battle begins for everything Alera holds dear, love may be the downfall of a kingdom.

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Blog Tours: The Escape by Kiz Jones Teaser

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Hello Everyone and Welcome to my stop of the Escape Blog Tour

The Book

Title: The Escape
SeriesAtlantis Voyager, #1
Author: Kiz Jones
Publisher: MCJ Warriors
ASIN: B00DU2JYDY
Tags: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
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In book one of Atlantis Voyager: Alexa and her family have spent twelve years on Earth observing primitive cultures, collecting samples, and sending their findings back to their home world, Atlantia. As the end of their mission approaches and they prepare for their return to Atlantia, the unexpected happens. Earth is invaded by an old enemy. The research team must take drastic measures to ensure the safety of their families and the inhabitants of Earth. Along the way, Alexa finds herself torn between feelings for two men. Turning eighteen isn’t as easy as she thought it would be.

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They all made their way back up to the bridge. Tim and Jason were with Tara, working on the navigation console. Chloe held Lissa in her lap, distracting her by playing with her little doll. Alexa walked over to check on little Lissa.

“Hey, little bit, you doing okay?”

The little girl nodded. Her hair bobbing. “I don’t like the t-boost. It makes me feel woozy.”

“Me too, kiddo.” Alexa patted her head comfortingly.

She looked back up and found Korinna watching her closely. “Korinna? Are you okay?”

She nodded. “You care for one another. I am unused to that.”

Alexa slowly reached out her hand to pat the other girl’s shoulder. “I care about you too now. You are one of us, a part of our crew.”

“Leo!” Tim yelled out.

Alexa watched Leo run over to the console where Tim was sitting. From the look on both Jason and Tim’s faces, they couldn’t figure out what was wrong.

“Are these the right coordinates?” Tim asked.

“No. Here, let me.” Leo leaned over and typed in a new set of coordinates. He stepped back as the mainframe computer reconfigured their designation.

Tim sighed. “Well, at least now we know where we are not. We are not anywhere near Atlantia.”

“Will we need to use the teleboost again to reach Atlantia?” Nik asked.

“Yes, but we can’t, at least, not right now. The navigation system is overworked. I won’t be able to start up the teleportation schematics until I have the exact coordinates. I suggest we make several small jumps instead of the larger ones. The large boosts are too much on us physically and too hard on the mainframe computer. Another big boost could fry the mainframe. Also, the larger boosts uses greater amounts of fuel. I will need some time to work out coordinates for the small jumps,” Leo explained.

“How much time?” Nik asked.

“I’ll need at least a couple of hours. Plan on an hour for the navigation system to regain full function and then another hour to configure the teleboost for the smaller jumps.”

“Do we know if the Tranzits followed us with this last jump like they did the first time?” Tara asked.

“We won’t be able to tell until the mainframe is fully functioning again. The good news is, if they did follow us, their computer systems are most likely down just like ours are. They won’t be fully functioning for a while, ” Jason spoke up. Leo nodded his agreement.

“Since nothing can be done for at least two hours, I suggest everyone go and get something to eat and rest,” Nik ordered.

“What about you?” Alexa asked.

“I will stay on the bridge to keep an eye out for the Tranzits, in case they did come through the last jump.”

Everyone headed to their apartments. It hadn’t been that long since they last ate, but the jumps took a big toll on their bodies. They were all hungry. Lissa was still scared and about to cry again. Tara was going to try to get her to take another nap after she ate something.

Alexa tried to get Leo to come with her but he insisted on going back with the boys to their apartment. She didn’t want to interfere with them bonding together. They needed that. She realized for the first time that he was growing up. He was no longer her baby brother. She wanted him to be independent, but it meant that he would need her less and less. It was bittersweet.

Apollo kept trying to get her attention. He probably wanted to talk about the kiss they had shared. She wasn’t ready yet. She was so confused. Nik had told her on the trading colony that he wasn’t interested in her, so she shouldn’t feel guilty for kissing Apollo. Besides, Apollo had been her first boyfriend. Their relationship preceded her and Nik’s whatever-it-was. They had a connection too.

Her relationship with Nik had always been a push and pull. There were times that when she was around him, everything was great. Then he would do or say something to irritate her. She admired him. He was strong and intelligent. He commanded people around him easily. He reminded her a little of her father. That was a disturbing thought.

About the Author

Kiz Jones is now an author for MCJ Warriors. She attended college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been a huge fan of both romance and science fiction novels since she was fourteen years old. Her favorite television shows growing up were Star Trek and Doctor Who. When not writing, she can usually be found curled up on the couch with a good book, working on her hobby of photography, or spending time with her son.

Release Day Blitz: A Broken Fate by Cat Mann

A Broken Fate by Cat Mann

Title: A Broken Fate
Series: A Beautiful Fate Series, #2
Author: Cat Mann
Tags: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Coping with the traumatic experiences Ava endured with the Kakos is more challenging than she ever imagined it to be. She finds herself struggling to remember the details of her time kept away with Damien Kakos and when the memories assault her mind, she is plagued with crippling fear. There is something in the back of Ava’s thoughts screaming at her, telling her that the fight with the devil’s brood has not yet ended.

Newly married, Ava and Ari deal with issues involving trust, honesty and faith in one another and as they plot their course for a new life together, they discover that their individual wants and needs don’t exactly match. Ari’s promises to Ava begin to break. Some of the Alexander’s family secrets are revealed and Ava realizes that she needs to keep her friends close, and her enemies even closer.

A Broken Fate, the second novel in The Beautiful Fate Series, dives further into Ava and Ari’s nail-bitter of a story and adds even more suspense, mystery, romance and thrills. This series is impossible for any reader to resist.

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I stood there alone for what felt like ages. I hate what I had done to my marriage. I hate who I’d become. I had isolated myself from everyone I know, from everyone who has come to love me and accept me. Misha was right. I was ungrateful, spoiled and selfish. I was going to die, this I knew. No. 7 would come for me and I would accept him. I would accept my death. My family would be the ones who would suffer, they would be the ones who would end up hurt and would cry for me. Just like they had every other time I faced death, every other time I turned away from them, lied to them and betrayed their trust.

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“You are beautiful, Ava, even in defeat.”
~ Ari

“I was a big, fat liar.”
~ Ava

About The Author

Catmann

Cat Mann has lived her entire life in central Illinois, but her interests and passions span the planet. She loves skiing, French music and working with the written language.
A self-proclaimed hermit, she is happiest at home reading, writing and scouring the far corners of the internet for new musical artists — artists she skillfully weaves into her tales of the offspring of ancient Greece. She is happily married to her amazing and awe-inspiring best friend, Derek Mann, and together they have created two beautiful daughters.
A Beautiful Fate is Cat’s first novel in The Beautiful Fate Series. The second installment of The Beautiful Fate Series, A Broken Fate, will be available summer 2013. Visit Cat on Facebook and keep up with Cat on her blog.

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Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick RiordanTitle: The Lightning Thief
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Hyperion Books
ISBN: 9781423134947
Tags: Young Adult, Mythology, Gods, Heroes
Source: Library
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Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

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