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The Chronicles of Royal High: The Lost Noble by R. Litfin
Pages: 398
Published by Rachel Litfin on February 6, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic

In the world of Edenarth, faerie technology has advanced the realms immeasurably. Crystal ball communications, magic mirror displays, and portals for fast travels are just some of the things that faeries have engineered to allow for human consumption – at the right price, of course. Politically, countless kingdoms and realms vie for power and prestige. It is a world filled with mysterious mermaids, fearsome ogres and trolls, clueless humans, terrifying dragons, syndicates and pirates, faeries and magic.

In the realm of Kelemer, Adella lives a life of peasantry with her parents, always hiding from a shadow no one will name. One night, she is visited by a grandmother whom she never knew existed: Queen Cassandra Everheart, ruler of the kingdom of Adamaris, the neighboring ocean realm to the south. After years of hiding, Adella learns why her family has been hunted as Cassandra apologizes for banishing Adella’s father for marrying outside of the royal blood line. Adamaris has since been bereft of an heir, and with Adella being the rightful crown princess, she is presented with the choice to leave and attend Royal High, a finishing academy for royals.

Naturally, Adella is stunned, but reluctantly agrees, and soon finds herself in the halls of Royal High along side other young royals from across the realms. But a strange darkness haunts Adella in the shadows of the school, and through a series of increasingly threatening events, Adella finds that not everyone is as they appear in the world of royals. For under the surface of all kingdoms, a terrible and dark force is rising. An ancient race of dragons, once thought vanquished by five guardians of light, are fighting to break free from their thousand year exile.

Can Adella understand what her dreams are telling her before it is too late? Or will the darkness consume everything she loves?



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About R. Litfin

Having been born into a family of nerds from a slice of The Shire in Northern California, Rachel Litfin cultivated a love of all things fantasy from a very young age. Inspired by dressing up with her family at renaissance faires, to losing herself in Tolkien, to playing World of Warcraft into the wee hours of the morning, Rachel created the very beginnings of The Chronicles of Royal High in her freshman English class. You can find her today in the realm of Southern California, often adventuring her way through Disneyland, reading by firelight, swimming in the ocean like a mermaid, and, of course, writing about the many stories that exist within Edenarth.

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Wendy Gold is stopping by to celebrate the release of SECOND STAR TO THE RIGHT! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today! Title: SECOND START TO THE RIGHT Author: Wendy Gold Genre: Contemporary Romance About Second Star to the Right:

Peter Michaels, Hollywood stuntman and sword fight choreographer, harbors a secret—he’s the real Peter Pan, the boy who in fact grew up. Far from Neverland and forced to hide his secret, he distances himself from others for fear of being rejected for who he truly is. That is, until he meets Vivien Kelly.

Viv, A-list Hollywood royalty, is determined to branch out into directing, but her steampunk version of Peter Pan is doomed. If bratty kids and demanding studio executives weren’t bad enough, and Peter’s generous nature and easygoing attitude is distracting her from her work.

Soon Peter starts to melt her heart and Viv fantasizes about a fairy tale ending of her own. But will Peter’s secret tear them apart? Will he leave her for a world of fairies and pixie dust when Peter knows that saying goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting each other forever?

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“Jack, I’ll clean up here. Why don’t you head out early for the night? Go take your girlfriend out somewhere nice. It’s a Friday night.” Peter’s voice boomed around the studio as he walked out of the supply closet, his scabbard buckled back into place. He walked past Viv, his stare focused on his office door where Jack emerged. He hadn’t seen her.

“You sure?” Jack’s voice echoed back.

“Yeah, I’ll meet you on set Monday. And bring your cup. Erin’s a sadistic little brat. She’d take a hard poke at your balls and call it an accident.”

Viv bit her cheek, trying not to laugh. The little girl would do something exactly like that. And with her big, blue eyes, everyone would believe it really was just an accident.

Jack laughed. “All right, man. See you Monday. Have a good weekend,” he said as he walked out of the studio, the door closing behind him.

Peter watched Jack shut the door before he slipped a longsword from a scabbard mounted along the wall, the silver metal gleaming opal in the light. This was no pirate swashbuckler sword. This was one of hard medieval lines, belonging to a knight or a king.

The tip of the sword rose above Peter’s head, the hilt trapped between his strong hands. He wielded it with such grace and ease. Silent. Powerful. Each swish and thrust into the open air part of a deadly dance.

His movements flowed, like water ran through his veins. These movements were different from his sword fight with Jack. These were slow, almost delicate. The blade sliced in perfect precision, as if Peter battled an invisible ghost.

Viv’s heart thudded in her chest, the only sound she heard besides the whooshing of Peter’s weapon. She stepped forward, mesmerized by the sword’s dance.

“I was wondering when you’d come out of hiding.” Peter’s voice broke the spell. His sword continued to split the air around him, his gaze focused on the blade rather than her.

Viv jerked back to reality. In her trance, she’d stepped onto the mat, a dozen feet away from Peter. Her blush pricked at the back of her neck, disappearing somewhere below her ponytail. “Sorry, I was just leaving.”

“No, you weren’t. Pick up the sword over there.” Peter pointed somewhere across the room, his eyes still focused on his invisible opponent.

Viv walked around the mat and saw another sword, similar in fashion but with different details. Long. Thin. Her hand wrapped around the hilt and lifted it.

Heavy.

She grasped the hilt with both hands and struggled to raise the metal sword upright. How did he wield this like it was as light a feather?

“Now come out onto the mat.” He lowered his blade and turned to watch her, their gazes locking as Viv moved.

Her arm muscles cried out in protest as the weight of the sword wobbled from one hand to the other. “You make it look easy.”

She let the weight of the sword tug her arm down, the tip thumping against the foam mat as it hung useless in her hand.

“Hold on.” Peter held out his hand to take her sword. “I have a better idea.”

Viv offered the sword to him, the tip still on the ground. He picked the sword up from her grip and held both longswords in one hand, raising them and resting the dulled edges on his shoulders before smirking and walking back to the storage room.

“Showoff,” she said, her voice bouncing around her.

Peter’s laugh echoed like deep chamber music. “I’ll be right back.” He disappeared into the tiny room. A minute later, he returned with two long fencing rapiers. “These should be easier.” He tossed one to her.

She caught the edge of the handle, but it bounced off her hand and clattered onto the mat beside her. She blushed again as she lifted the sword by the hilt. Thin. Flexible. And much more lightweight. She lifted it with ease, raising it in front of her.

Peter circled around her, his own sword in hand.

Her body honed in on his every movement. Every shift of his feet. Every tilt of the sword. Every flicker of his eyes. His gaze burned into her, stripping her bare as she stood rooted to the floor. She couldn’t move if she wanted to. His piercing stare locked her in place. Her heart thumped hard in her chest and she wondered if he could hear it too. Butterflies yawned and woke in her belly, tickling her from the inside.

“You’re ready for me,” he smirked, stopping in front of her before taking two steps back. He raised his sword, the thin blade blazing orange in the setting sunlight.

Viv raised the blade to match his. She lunged.

He struck her blade with his, moving it out of the way with no effort. His smile twitched into a wicked smirk. He lunged for her.

Viv flung her sword upward, the blades catching on one another. The light caught in the middle of the swords, a large metal X locking over them. Peter stepped closer, pressing more of his strength into the blade.

Viv’s grip slipped a bit, but she pushed her arms forward to keep the blades pressed together.

“Clever girl,” Peter growled before his sword sliced through the air and cut his words. He stepped back, eyeing her. Waiting for her next move.

Viv slid to the side, but Peter’s sword blocked her blow with ease, his smile teasing her. She knew this was child’s play for him. She wanted to make it a bit more difficult. “Don’t go so easy on me,” she panted. Her lungs burned from the exertion and her muscles hummed like a bow playing over violin strings.

“Darling, I’m only just getting started on you.”

Wendy writes the three “S”s: Smart, Sassy, and Sexy. Her sensual stories leave readers with fluttering hearts and wet panties.

When she’s not home enjoying a Ménage à Trois (the wine not the act), Wendy likes long walks through her gritty neighborhood in the heart of Philly or blasting heavy rock music in her house. Her readers love her, but her neighbors do not.

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Welcome to Day #4 of The Girl with More Than One Heart Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of The Girl with More Than One Heart by Laura Geringer Bass on April 17th, blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Laura, as well as 5 chances to win a copy of The Girl with More Than One Heart!

What resources do you recommend for a child/teen struggling with the loss of a loved one?
by Laura Geringer Bass
I recommend: Books! 
Reading is something you can do alone without the help of friends or adults. Here are some treasured books I read in middle school and high school and some I’ve read recently that deal with themes of grief and loss from the point of view of a child or teen.
 First, here are three of Briana’s favorite books, cited in chapter 5, (“Blue”) of “The Girl With More Than One Heart.” Each of the heroines in these books: (Francie, Frankie, and Scout in that order) share the experience of being thrust out of the innocence of childhood too soon by a crisis they have to puzzle out on their own:
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.
The Member of a Wedding by Carson McCullers.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
And here are a few books I know my heroine Briana would have loved had she read them. (“The Girl With More Than One Heart” has been deemed  “similar” to some of these titles by Kirkus critics and others):
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech: Salamanca Tree Hiddle is on a cross-country quest for her lost mother.
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine:  Caitlin Smith is on the autistic spectrum and has just experienced the loss of her older brother Devon who was killed during a school shooting.
Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Smith: Willow Chance is the genius daughter of a couple who die in a car crash. Her eccentricities prevent her from having many people she can turn to but a variety of unlikely characters come into her life as surrogate family and help her navigate her loss.
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead : Four mysterious notes change Miranda’s life forever. Set on the Upper West Side, this novel takes themes of death and loss into the realm of time travel.
The Girl with the Ghost Machine by Lauren de Stefano: Can a machine bring back the ghost of Emmaline’s mother? And is a moment with the dead worth the loss of a memory?
Bee Season by Myla Goldberg:  Caught between two parents whose obsessions have begun to cross the line into madness, a school spelling bee catapults Eliza into knowledge beyond her years.
Other People’s Houses by Lore Segal  in 1938, a ten-year-old girl is put on the Kindertransport, a train carrying hundreds of Jewish children out of Austria to safety from Hitler’s oppression. A child’s eye view of the trauma of separation and loss.
I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman:  Freya, Nathaniel, and Harun meet by accident. The trio end up spending a day together that changes all of their lives. Their budding friendship gives each character the strength to confront the truth about their families and themselves.
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin:  Suzy’s best friend, Franny, was too strong a swimmer to have drowned. Suzy’s determined search for a different explanation for her friend’s death leads her to believe that Franny was stung by an Irukandji jellyfish. She sets out to prove her theory. The death occurs at the beginning of the novel and takes readers through the grieving process.
Other resources?
Try my #BeYourOwn Workshop.  
Telling my dad’s stories and making them my own in “The Girl With More Than One Heart”, helped me navigate my loss after his death. To help children and teens who are struggling with grief and loss as well as those who just feel different or lonely or who are having trouble with a change in their lives, I’ve designed a series of writing prompts based on my book.
Here are a few examples from my  #BeYourOwn writing workshop:
And here are 7 steps for working with these cards:
1. Read the words located in the heart aloud.
2. Think about them. What does the phrase bring to mind?
3. Have a pen and paper handy or better yet, a notebook. Jot down any thoughts the words in the heart make you think of— other words,
phrases or sentences.
4. Read the rest of the prompt on the card aloud.
5. Follow the prompt or continue to free associate to the phrase in the heart and write for 5 to 7 minutes non-stop.
6. Read what you have written aloud.
7. Select a second prompt card and repeat the process.
In the end, you may have a poem, or a story or just a record of some thoughts. You may want to go back to what you’ve written and add to it or revise it. Or you may not. You may feel like sharing what you’ve written with others. Or you may not. What matters is that you’ve written something true to your feelings in the moment, something spontaneous that came from the heart. You told a story—your story. By letting your mind travel freely and writing down where it takes you, you start to suspect that you have many stories to tell. And that knowledge—the knowledge that you have stories to tell—is power.
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Blog Tour Schedule:
May 14th — BookhoundsYA
May 15th — The Book Rat
May 16th — Page Turners
May 17th — Book Briefs
May 18th — Crossroad Reviews

The Girl with More Than One Heart by Laura Geringer Bass

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Summary:
There are times we all feel we need more than one heart to get through. When Briana’s father dies, she imagines she has a new heart growing inside her. It speaks to her in her Dad’s voice. Some of its commands are mysterious.

Find Her!  it says. Be Your Own!

How can Briana “be her own” when her grieving mother needs her to take care of her demanding little brother all the time? When all her grandpa can do is tell stories instead of being the “rock” she needs? When her not-so-normal home life leaves no time to pursue her dream of writing for the school literary magazine? When the first blush of a new romance threatens to be nipped in the bud? Forced by the loss of her favorite parent to see all that was once familiar with new eyes, Briana draws on her own imagination, originality, and tender loving heart to discover a surprising path through the storm.

 Laura Geringer Bass is the author of over 20 highly acclaimed books for children, tweens, and teens.

Her new novel for middle graders about friendship, love, and loss — The Girl With More Than One Heart — is the lyrical story of a courageous girl who imagines she needs an extra heart to navigate her grief after the death of her dad.

Laura serves on the National Advisory Board of First Book, a non-profit organization that has delivered over 170 million books to children in need and as a mentor for Girls Write Now and Prison Writes, teaching teens at risk.

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Genesis by Brendan Reichs
Pages: 512
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on March 6, 2018
Series: Project Nemesis #2
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Source: Finished Copy from Publisher

Noah Livingston knows he is destined to survive.

The 64 members of Fire Lake's sophomore class are trapped in a place where morals have no meaning, and zero rules apply. But Noah's deaths have trained him--hardened him--to lead the strongest into the future . . . whatever that may be. And at any cost.

Min Wilder knows that survival alone isn't enough.

Trapped in a violent world where brute force passes for leadership, it's tempting to lay back and let everyone else fight it out. But Min's instincts rebel against allowing others to decide who lives and who dies. She's ready to fight for what she believes in. And against whomever might stand in her way.

Also in this series: Nemesis


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Genesis is the second book in the young adult science fiction series, called Project Nemesis by author Brendan Reichs. I am so in love with this series! I loved the first book Nemesis, and I think I loved Genesis even more!It is a great series for fans of science fiction, dystopians and mysteries. This is a series that needs to be read in order, so if you have not read Nemesis yet, you will want to grab a copy of that and dive in immediately. But if you read Nemesis when it first released and you are worried that you won’t remember everything that happened, don’t worry! Brendan Reichs does a fantastic job of providing enough information to bring the reader up to speed without just regurgitating the information from Nemesis. It felt like a natural continuation to me.

Genesis keeps the mysterious vibe going that I loved so much in Nemesis. We did get a good bit more answers, but I believe this is going to be a trilogy because we are certainly left with some more unanswered questions at the end. Brendan left me wanting the next book very badly. I love the world and the characters created in Project Nemesis. We still are very much centered on Min and  Noah, but we also get to meet a lot of new characters. New character that are all really interesting. Some I hated, but mostly they were all very complex…in the best of ways.

The first book left us off in a pretty brutal world, and this sequel is just a dark and brutal. This is an intense book! In fact, it is even darker than Nemesis. I won’t go too much into specifics, because that would be pretty spoiler-y, but the world is in a state of constant chaos because of the events that are taking place. But the most interesting part for me as a reader is to see how each of the different characters deals with that chaos. It is so fascinating to watch the different perspectives and though processes and actions of everyone. This peek inside different people’s psyches in the face of these dark times held me captive as a reader. I simply could not put this book down. Genesis was such a  strong sequel. I loved it and I am dying for the next book! If you have not read Project Nemesis yet, you should!

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About Brendan Reichs

Brendan Reichs was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 and The George Washington University School of Law in 2006. After three long years working as a litigation attorney, he abandoned the trade to write full time. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, son, daughter, and a herd of animals that tear up everything.

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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
Pages: 500
Published by Simon Pulse on July 18, 2017
Series: The Last Magician #1
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy & Magic
Source: Bought Hardcover

Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future.

In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.



Holy Cow, the Last Magician was utterly fantastic! The Last Magician is a young adult fantasy novel by author Lisa Maxwell. It is the story of Esta, who is a Mageus with the ability to time travel. Esta uses this time traveling ability to steal magical artifacts. This aspect of the story reminded me of the show warehouse 13, which many of you know I really love! There is a small dose of romance, but the real star of this book was the plot. It took me a good 3 chapters or so to get into it, but after that I was hooked. I loved all the detail and background information we get early on. It does take some time for all of the information to build, but once it does we are off on a fast paced, intense adventure with plenty of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat. The last Magician was a real winner for me!

One of my favorite things about Lisa Maxwell’s books is her wonderful atmospheric writing, and just like her previous novel Sweet Unrest, The last magician was a wonderfully rich atmospheric read. Esta goes back to the year 1902 to steal the oldest recorded book of magic. Does that not sound like an amazing plot for a story?? Well, it is! This novel took me on a magical adventure. It was so easy for me to get swept up in the pages of The Last Magician.

I read this book in one sitting. It is one of those novels that you get so sucked into that when you finally come up for air, you have lost all concept of time. I thought I would sit down and read for maybe an hour or so, and before I knew it, it was several hours later and I had flipped the last page. I am already itching to dive back into this world. The second book, The Devil’s Thief releases in October 2018 and that cannot come soon enough. I need book two right now! I want to see more of Esta and Harte’s adventure’s.

About Lisa Maxwell

Lisa Maxwell is the author of Sweet Unrest   (Flux, Fall 2014) and Heartless Things (Simon Pulse, Spring 2016). She has a PhD in English, and when she’s not writing books, she’s a professor at a local college. She lives near DC with her very patient husband and two not-so patient boys.

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Do you Love Paranormal Romances, like me? If so, keep reading for some teasers, excerpts and giveaways from Safari Spell’s new release, For the Ages!

For the Ages (Long Live Dead Reckless #2)
by Safari Spell
Genre: NA Paranormal Romance
Release date: March 14th 2017

Summary from Goodreads:

 In the much-anticipated sequel to LONG LIVE DEAD RECKLESS, Talor discovers just how far she can fall… in love.

Talor Gardin made her choice, and it turned her entire world upside down. Trapped in the mysterious realm of the Grigori known only as the Valley, Talor is surrounded by brutality, luxury, and power unlike anything she’s ever seen. Torn away from everyone she loves, she can only cling to the hope that Sage will survive long enough to find her before Rami’s plan sets into motion. But biding her time won’t be easy in an exotic land where hellish beasts prowl the borders, eyes watch her every move, and no one is exactly who or what they seem – not even Rami.

Unsure who she can trust or if she’ll ever escape, her memory grows foggier with each sunset. Once so sure of right and wrong, the longer she spends in the Valley among those who should be her enemies, the more she questions whether Sage told her the truth about anything at all.

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Bri

My feet stopped at the edge of the rickety old bridge as if obedient to some secret intuition I wasn’t aware of. A feeling of overwhelming dread took hold of my core as I placed the first foot on the creaking wood. Looking down at it, there was nothing ominous or strange to see, but I wasn’t so concerned with visible things as I was with things that aren’t. The water sped by on its way somewhere other than under my feet, reflecting iridescent glimmers of the sunshine through the treetops.
When my second foot found the weathered wood, the seal tightened around my ring finger until it felt like being lassoed by a thread – pinpointed pressure. It was startling, but I found myself less afraid the tighter it got. Rami wouldn’t be trying to hold me if there were some danger for me. I knew that by now because of the nature of the seal. It would pulse out almost in anger if something threatened me. But this wasn’t that at all. Rami was trying to keep me from moving forward, and he was using fear to do it.
I dared hope that the thread would break somehow, like if I had the courage to take a few more steps across the bridge, somehow I’d end up back home. I almost ran as that thought latched onto me. Ignoring the seal, I set my jaw and stuck it high in the air. I pushed forward, one foot after the other.
The problem was that I was walking in reverse. I looked at my feet in alarm, wondering how it was that I could moonwalk now. I had never been able to do that, but I did know a guy in seventh grade who did it to get back to his seat every time he finished handing in a test.
To my amazement, I slid backwards. I straightened quickly, shaking my hands off to the sides as nerves took over.
“How is this possible?” I asked out loud.
I wasn’t talking to anyone, so I didn’t expect an answer.
“It’s a blood barrier,” came the voice.
I nearly jumped out of my skin at the sound. It was male and familiar, but familiar in a weird way, like an actor from a favorite TV show. My head whipped right and left, but there was no one anywhere. The trees played with shadows as leaves tried to control the sun, letting in light here and there and changing position every change of the wind. My eyes were wild and wandering, darting from tree branch to river, bush to shadow. I couldn’t tell where the voice had come from.
A full minute passed.
Still nothing.
I was agitated and fidgety, but the worst part was that I couldn’t move or I would slide even further backwards and away from a very intriguing bridge. My gaze dropped from the thickness of the forest. I knew whoever was out there wasn’t dangerous and they didn’t have to show themselves. If they did, they would have already. Just when I was about to resign myself to an awkward backwards stroll to the castle, I heard the voice again.

“Talor.”

Safari Spell is a native of Albany, Georgia. She has a BA in Journalism from Valdosta State University. She currently lives in North Georgia with her husband, hilarious daughter, and a backyard jungle harboring all the dinosaurs everyone thinks are extinct. Her dreams include chasing autumn around the globe, owning a wallaby, and riding a camel for at least nine seconds.
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Tell Me No Lies by A.V. Geiger
Pages: 336
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on June 5, 2018
Series: Follow Me Back #2
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller

Love. Obsession. Jealousy. Murder.

No one knows what happened to pop icon Eric Thorn. His Twitter account? Frozen. His cell phone? Cracked and bloody, buried in the snow.

Agoraphobic fangirl Tessa Hart knows the truth, but she's finally left her #EricThornObsessed days behind. She has no intention of ever touching her Twitter app again. But Snapchat... That's safer, right?

After months of living under the radar, Tessa emerges from hiding, forced to face the deadly consequences of her past. But in the interrogation room, answers only lead to more questions in the pulse-pounding conclusion to the Follow Me Back duology.

Note: This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.


Praise for FOLLOW ME BACK

“Debut author Geiger’s social-media-saturated thriller (which fittingly got its start on Wattpad) should transfix teens for whom online relationships (romantic and otherwise) are integral parts of daily life, and catfishing and hacking are genuine fears. Tweets, direct messages, and police interrogation transcripts are incorporated throughout, throwing the reliability of both narrators into question and hinting at the sinister thread underlying this boy-meets-girl story. ” ―Publishers Weekly

“Pieces are revealed one at a time until they all come together at the end-right before everything falls apart before a final, dark twist. A page-turner for young adults invested in social media, fandoms, and mysteries.” ―School Library Journal

“Told though alternating points of view, tweets, and police reports, this novel is perfect for fans of Sara Shepard, April Henry, or Kimberly Derting. In her debut novel, Geiger creates a rich horror story which is all the more intriguing because of its conceivable possibilities. Using fan culture and social media communications to the best effect, she makes the setting and plot convincingly real.” ―VOYA Magazine

“Follow Me Back is the perfect mix of fandom with just the right amount of suspense. An enthralling page turner from beginning to end.” ―Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author of the After series

“Timely, twisty, and totally thrilling. Follow Me Back will have readers wondering about the identity of every online friend and follower they’ve got. A riveting read that will keep you up late and keep you guessing!” ―Paula Stokes, author of Liars, Inc. and Vicarious

“Dark and suspenseful, Follow Me Back is sure to be the next big thing in YA Thrillers.” ―Ali Novak, author of The Heartbreak Chronicles and My Life with the Walter Boys

“Follow Me Back is an unforgettable page-turner, and a cautionary tale for any fan who’s ever wished that their favorite celebrity followed them on social media.” ―Sandy Hall, author of Signs Point to Yes and A Little Something Different

“Follow Me Back is a mystery/thriller/suspense roller coaster ride that keeps readers on their toes. Jaw-droppingly twisty and continually surprising.” ―Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Firsts

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Succubus Lips by Lina Jubilee
Pages: 238
Published by Amazon Digital Services Series: Succubus Sirens #1
Genres: adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Reverse Harem
Source: ecopy from Author

Her lips have the power to boost. Her love can grant power unparalleled. In an ongoing conflict against ravishingly beautiful beings from another dimension, Aurora Haddix’s abilities allow her to turn the tide of the battle.

Born a Natch, one of the population naturally endowed with superhuman powers at birth, Aurora tries to make the right choice. Her handsome, overprotective best friend and her tortured, grizzled mentor want her to use her powers for good. Kiss a Natch and they become more powerful for a few minutes. Allow one inside her and their powers are intensified for a full day. She wants to help, but she can’t get their roguish, virile former comrade out of her mind—and he wants her to join his underground band of Renegades. Then there’s the dark elf king, the leader of the otherworldly Nelians determined to infiltrate Earth—Aurora’s number one target and the most devastatingly gorgeous man she’s ever seen.

Aurora’s body makes her the most sought-after Natch in a war that might end on her say-so. Only with the way her inner passion ignites at each touch, she’s not so sure of her true reasons for pursuing the four alluring men who seek to possess her.



Succubus Lips is the first book in the Succubus Sirens by Lina Jubilee. Succubus Lips is an adult urban fantasy romance, and I have to say right off the bat, this is adult so it won’t be for everyone, but anyone that does enjoy adult fantasy romances, this book was a totally fun read.

Succubus Lips is the story of Aurora, who is a Natch. A Natch is a creature that has the ability to boost other creatures magical ability. This boost of power comes from Aurora’s lips.

“Her lips have the power to boost. Her love can grant power unparalleled.”

I really liked Aurora. She is super feisty, and lot’s of fun. There are multiple love interests in this book, which really shouldn’t be a surprise with Aurora’s magical boosting lips. It is safe to say, there is a lot of kissing in Succubus Lips. But the world that Lina Jubilee created is also totally unique and very interesting. Though this was a short read, there is a big ole fight going on in the world, and I think we will see that aspect of the plot explored more in other books. At least I am hoping we will.

Overall, Succubus Lips is a fun, romance with lots of swoony guys and magical kisses. The plot can get a little out there at times, but it was fun nonetheless. Good start to what is sure to be an interesting series.

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5/7/2018- Books a Plenty Book Reviews– Review

5/8/2018- BookHounds– Review

5/8/2018- Sincerely Karen Jo– Excerpt

5/9/2018- Bri’s Book Nook– Review

5/9/2018- Love in a time of Feminism– Excerpt

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5/11/2018- Book Briefs– Review

5/14/2018- The Lovely Books– Review

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5/16/2018- Two Chicks on Books Interview

5/17/2018- Take Me Away To A Great Read– Excerpt

5/17/2018- Jaime’s World– Guest Post

5/18/2018- Books A-Brewin’– Excerpt

About Lina Jubilee

Lina Jubilee loves reading, writing, drinking tea, and rooting for her favorite fictional romances. When not lost in a book, she cooks dinner at lunchtime, plans errands in fewer trips, and does everything she can to get back to romping through fictional worlds ASAP.

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Power of Five by Alex Lidell
Pages: 266
Published by Danger Bearing Press on May 4, 2018
Series: Power of Five #1
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Fantasy & Magic
Source: eARC from Author

Four elite fae warriors. One mortal female. A magical bond they can’t allow—or resist.

Orphaned and sold to a harsh master, Lera’s life is about mucking stalls, avoiding her master’s advances, and steering clear of the mystical forest separating the mortal and fae worlds. Only fools venture into the immortal realms, and only dark rumors come out... Until four powerful fae warriors appear at Lera’s barn.

River, Coal, Tye, and Shade have waited a decade for their new fifth to be chosen, the wounds from their quint brother’s loss still raw. But the magic has played a cruel trick, bonding the four immortal warriors to... a female. A mortal female.

Distractingly beautiful and dangerously frail, Lera can only be one thing—a mistake. Yet as the males bring Lera back to the fae lands to sever the bond, they discover that she holds more power over their souls than is safe for anyone... especially for Lera herself.

Power of Five is a full-length reverse-harem fantasy novel.



Power of Five is the first book in the new adult fantasy romance series by the same name by an author that is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Alex Lidell has written some amazing young adult action/adventure series, but Power of Five is by far my favorite of hers! Guys, this book sent me into a spiraling book hangover. So much so, after reading 3 other books that I thought would help me move past my obsession of Power of Five, I had to go back and re-read Power of Five a mere 3 days after I binge read it the first time. I am so in love with all of the characters. Power of Five is by far my favorite read of 2018. I am talking top of the top!

Power of Five is a fae fantasy and it is the story of a group of four elite fae warriors, who have been searching for years for the fifth member that will complete their warrior quint. They are all shock to find it is a human girl named Lera. Lera and the four warriors- River, Coal, Tye, and Shade, set off on an adventure through the fae realm to try and sever the bond that links all members of the Quint together. But of course, across this journey they get to know Lera and it is so so good. I don’t want to say much more except that I am completely addicted to each and every one of the five characters. I can’t pick a favorite, I just love the way they are all so different and they all complement each other.

There are plenty of secrets and magic galore and tons of sexy, awesome fae warrior goodness and other intangibles that just make Power of Five the best book I have read in such a long time. There are multiple love interests in this series, but if you are unsure of how that will play out, just read the book! I promise you will be a convert and you will immediately fall in love with Lera, River, Coal, Tye, and Shade. I especially love Coal and River.

Fans of new adult fantasy romances do not want to miss this series because it will soon join your favorites shelf. All of Alex’s series are well written, well though out and well executed, but the Power of Five series has become my favorite of all time. I am already itching to get my hands on the second book. I need it in my life right now! Right now! And if you guys would be interested, I am already coming up with a post featuring the members of the quint and breaking down their personalities. I cannot get enough of this book! Everyone needs to read it immediately. (It is free on Kindle unlimited, so if you are a KU member, go grab this book this instant!)

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5/7/2018- Bri’s Book Nook– Review

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5/8/2018- BookHounds– Excerpt

5/9/2018- Books a Plenty Book Reviews– Review

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5/10/2018- Pervy Ladies Books– Review

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5/14/2018- Le Petit Photograph– Review

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5/16/2018- Hauntedbybooks13– Review

5/17/2018- Reese’s Reviews– Review

5/17/2018- BroadwayWorld– Excerpt

5/18/2018- The pages in-between– Excerpt

5/18/2018- Writer of Wrongs– Excerpt

About Alex Lidell

Alex Lidell is an avid horseback rider, paramedic and ice cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA in Alex’s hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun, ALANNA started Alex’s lifelong love for YA fantasy books. Alex’s debut novel, THE CADET OF TILDOR, was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards finalist. Her second book AIR AND ASH releases in May 2017.

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This week I am waiting on….

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Hardcover, 368 pages

Expected publication: July 31st 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

Summary:

Everyone knows what happens in the end.
A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

~~~~~~~~~~

Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.

The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.

Why am I waiting on it?

Ever since reading and loving To Kill a Kingdom, I have been super into all things involving sea tales and sea creatures. Pair that with my love of fairy tale re-tellings and re-imaginings, and I knew this was going to be a book I could not miss. I love that this story starts out with three best friends, because I just can’t wait to see what happens to them. Origin stories are my thing lately!

What are you waiting on? 
Let me know in the comments below


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings where bloggers share their most anticipated upcoming releases.

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