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WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS A LIE?
One Planet.
Two Worlds.
Population: Human … 7 billion.    Others … unknown.

When 14-year-old Char­lie Blake wakes up sweat­ing and gasp­ing for air in the mid­dle of the night, he knows it is hap­pen­ing again. This time he wit­nesses a bru­tal mur­der. He’s afraid to tell any­one. No one would believe him … because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago – the day before his dad died.

Char­lie doesn’t know why this is hap­pen­ing. He would give any­thing to have an ordi­nary life. The prob­lem: he doesn’t belong in the world he knows as home.

He belongs with the others.

I found Talisman of El, by Alecia Stone, on NetGalley. Unfortunately I was skeptical because lately I have come across more than one young adult novel that just didn’t cut it. No I am not a young adult but I am young at heart so quite often I enjoy books in this genre. This book, thankfully, has put a major dent in my recent skepticism of new/unknown authors.

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Two men. One has goodness, the other only the appearance of it. Like flip sides of a coin, one represents every girl’s dream, handsome and rich. While the other lives an isolated existence, scarred and damaged from a life lived in the trenches. Both are hunters. Both are hunted. And both want the same woman.

Hell On The Heart by Nancy Brophy is a romantic suspense that probes an eclectic community of gypsies who manage to keep one foot firmly in the world of magic, while becoming masters of the technical world. The world of the gypsies comes to live in vivid colour and charismatic characters.

While Cezi Romney battles her destiny, John Stillwater battles to keep her alive and her community safe and Cain, a sexual predator, attempts to have Cezi as his own. With compelling characters and robust cultures Nancy Brophy has weaved a unique story of human trafficking, forensic science, Native American culture and gypsy beliefs.

This novel is well worth the reading and will appeal to a wide range of mystery/suspense fans.

You can purchase Hell On The Heart at: Amazon.com | Kobo Books

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I am currently reading a book, The Morrigna, that is so out there that I find myself putting it down after reading only a few pages. I can’t in all honesty say it’s a bad story, it’s just confusing, very difficult to get into and unfortunately poorly written. The writing isn’t at all up to the level that I’m use to, even though I read many many Indie books that are in need of editing and whatnot. It reads like a story a high school student wrote for English class, there would be many many many red marks on the paper when it’s returned.

I started this novel three days ago, it’s just over 200 pages, and I’m not quite half way. That means that today, day four, if I’m lucky I may get to page 100. That’s just ridiculous considering I can normally read a 200 page book in one day. I really don’t like not finishing a book but I’m not sure I want to take a week to finish such a short and poorly written novel. I have googled the book and the author and I was surprised to find a few 4 and 5 star ratings in various places, including Goodreads.

I’m still trying to figure out what colour ‘dark black’ is. I’m pretty sure black is dark, but maybe there’s a light black, and a medium black, and a dark black somewhere out there that I haven’t found in my many years of seeing colours. Everyone that I’ve asked about this colour look at me like I should be in a rubber room with a hug me jacket on. lol

So…do I try to finish the book, which could take a week? Or do I just give it up as a lost cause? Or do I shelve it and maybe return to it sometime later when I’m really desperate for something to read, which could be sometime next century considering the number of books I have to read?

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Levi’s job is to protect his human until it’s their time to go. That’s what a Guard does. He’s done it for years on end, and he’ll spend his eternity doing the same, mundane thing, following the same, mundane rules.

…Watch from afar.
…Never share your name.
…And above all, never touch a human.

What Levi doesn’t know is that his newest human to protect, Hannah, just might be the catalyst to tipping the scales between good and evil, and he will be forced to decide which side he belongs to. Which friends will he side with, and who will he ultimately protect: his human, or the delicate balance that hangs on stopping the heartbeat of the person he has sworn to protect?

And, when you’re already condemned, what’s there to lose by breaking the rules?

As paranormal romance with a different twist, written from the perspective of the male lead character Levi, Megan Curd has given Forbidden a refreshing new look to this young adult genre.

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Fate seems to have mistaken Anne Serafini, a forensic photographer, for superwoman and she’s not amused. After being stabbed, witnessing a friend’s murder and shooting a man in self-defense, Anne realizes she’s been Fate’s puppet all along.
Now she’s chosen Anna Maria Island to try and take back control of her life. Unfortunately—when a murdered girl washes up on the beach—she understands, once again, Fate has chosen this place for her.
When Anne’s two eccentric aunts decide it’s time to let her in on the family secret, they tell Anne she is the latest fourth generation woman in her brown-eyed family to be born with green eyes and a paranormal gift. Anne’s gift is being in the wrong place at the right time. The gift of serendipity. But, the gift is also a curse. Each green-eyed woman has died before her twenty-eighth birthday.
Anne will turn twenty-eight in three weeks.
Can she embrace her gift and help stop this budding serial killer? Or is he the tool Fate will use to fulfill the family curse?

Have you ever heard of Shannon Esposito? I sure hadn’t before I was asked to review this novel, and that is a real shame. Her book, The Monarch, is a must read.

Do you believe in fate or serendipity? After two weeks of breaking everything I touch I can indeed relate to Anne’s  Seafini’s sting of bad luck. Or is it bad luck? Fate seems to be the ruling force behind everything Anne does, but she doesn’t believe in it. I’m not sure I did either, until I read this book.

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When a new boy moves to town, Sashe realizes how suddenly her life is about to change. Though non-magic themselves, she and her sister have grown up with shape changers, and now a deadly foe is out to banish the shape changing magic from the country. The Protectors have the ear of the king and they’ve cast a curse on the shape changers designed to slowly kill them off.

Sashe is forced to consider her survival when a friend of hers is killed because her father refused to help the Protectors. She’s slowly falling for the new boy, but she must choose whether she and her sister can stay with the shape changers with their dangerous future. Should they decide to stay, how will they protect themselves against such powerful enemies?

First novella in the Protectors prequels. Set ten years before Promising Light and two years before Fire and Light.

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Milkshakes and Gamma Rays is a humorous tale centered around a dramatic week in the lives of Brie Gable and her spirited new friend Naomi “Star Flower” Minami. They are intelligent, opinionated high school juniors who divide their free time between chilling out, flirting with trouble, and philosophizing about the issues of the day. Each is a new transfer student to St. Margaret’s, a private school in California. They are living in present day America, but in a divergent timeline, where public education has been eliminated, there’s a civil war in Nevada, privacy is on the decline, peculiar brands of moralism are taking hold, and things are getting a little crazy all around.

Scott Zimmerman, author of Milkshakes and Gamma Rays, has woven a humourous and interesting tale that gives you the inside look at the thoughts and antics of a group of spirited high school students. If you know (or have) any witty, opinionated teens you’ll love this book and so will they.

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