YA Fantasy

Witch Hollow and the Wrong Spell – Book Review

Witch Hollow #1 by I.D. Blind
Published on: December 29, 2013

This cover totally sold me on the book when I ran across it. I love the color scheme, the slightly creepy October vibe, the witch flying dead center against the bright, full moon…. Never underestimate the power of a good cover. Thankfully, the story lived up to it.

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YA Fantasy

[ARC Review] Tiger Queen – Book Review

by Annie Sullivan
Published on: September 10, 2019

When I first read the description I honestly wasn’t so sure about reading a YA fantasy book written where the whole story is set in the desert. With an ongoing drought the kingdom Achra has a serious water shortage, meaning there was a whole population in a desperate situation with little hope. People slowly dying of thirst didn’t sound like a fun read. But then I reread the description and thought ‘you know…this one might be good.’ And I was right!

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Sci Fi, YA Fantasy

Necromancer’s Prison

Bluewater Grove Book 1 by Alec Whitesell, Craig Bonacorsi
Published on:  June 11, 2019

It always feels like a breath of fresh air when I read a book I enjoy and don’t have to talk myself into finishing.  The Necromancer’s Prison combines three of my favorite genre’s:  YA, science fiction, and fantasy. 

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Audio Book Reviews, YA Fantasy

The Bone Witch

The Bone Witch #1 by Rin Chupeco
Published on:  March 7, 2017
4-stars-1

The Bone Witch

Time away from this book helped me put it in its proper perspective.

Summary: When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

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YA Fantasy

Vault of Dreams

by Luke Taylor
Published on:  July 27, 2016
4-stars-1

It doesn’t take very long when you first begin the Vault of Dreams before you see the poetry of the writing.  The poetry begins on the very first page where the author introduces us to Aerlyn starting from a young girl to the current day where he tells us the name she is now known by. In fact, I was stunned by how beautifully he introduces us to her nickname and have re-read that portion several times.  It really was that lovely.  Her story continues for several chapters before being introduced to the remaining 6 different points of view that are used throughout the book.

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YA Fantasy

The Dragon Tamer

Alveria Dragon Akademy Book 1 by Ava Richardson
Published on:  October 31, 2018
3 stars

Dragon tamer“In Alveria, humans and dragons have existed side by side for centuries, but old tensions have grown and the kingdom is now divided…”

In The Dragon Tamer, Kaelan discovers she has a dragon heritage which allows her to enter the Alveria Akademy – a school for humans and dragons to learn their skills and be paired together. Kaelan is a peasant and this opportunity is one she must take for herself and her mother who is ill and needs a dragon’s special healing to make her well again. Kaelan travels a great distance to the school and as she draws closer circumstances bring her and Prince Lasaro together, where he very quickly determines that she must be his tamer.

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YA Fantasy

Dark Shores

Dark Shores #1 by Danielle L. Jensen
Publication Date:  May 7, 2019
4-stars-1

Dark ShoresWhat a wonderful read this was. It’s always nice to find a good book to curl up with that is well written, has good characters, and keeps you entertained for hours. Dark Shores is story told from 2 alternating POVs: Teriana and Marcus, both of whom are trying to do what is best for their people.

In Dark Shores, the East only knows of the East and the West only knows about the West and there is no known way to travel from one to the other. However, when an Empire Senator learns that the Maarin folk know the path to travel to the Dark Shores his lust for power becomes clear. In his desire to conquer the new lands, the Senator takes Teriana’s crew hostage and then proceeds to torture and threaten them for the information. Teriana sees the only hope out of this for her and her people are to agree to his demands. Legatus Marcus, the 37th Legion commander, and his army are given the task to escort Teriana to the Dark Shores and discover this path for themselves. However, the gods have their own thoughts about this plan.

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