July 1, 2016
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Cover Reveal: Extracted by Sherry D. Ficklin & Tyler Jolley

Extracted
Sherry D. Ficklin & Tyler Jolley
(The Lost Imperials #1)
Publication date: September 8th 2016
Genres: Steampunk, Young Adult

Two opposing factions of time travelers vie for control of the future in this thrilling steampunk series opener dubbed “Interesting” and “Unexpected” by Kirkus Reviews.

Lex and Ember—two time travelers with no memories of their lives before being recruited into the time war—are torn between the factions. When Lex accepts a mission that lands him deep within the heart of the Telsa Institute, he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them comes flooding back. Now armed with the truth of who they were, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them once again.

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Author Bio:

Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.

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Tyler H. Jolley is a sci-fi/fantasy author and full-time orthodontist, periodontist (see: Overachiever). He divides his spare time between writing, reading, mountain biking, and camping with his family.

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June 28, 2016
by Erica
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Cover Reveal: This is Me. by C.E. Wilson

This is Me.
C.E. Wilson
Publication date: August 11th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction

A-SIST

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Rogan is a robot. More specifically, he is an Asist – a personalized humanoid servant that provides protection, assistance, and companionship for a lonely young woman living on her own in the city. Chloe is trying to get her big break, singing at bars and clubs all over the city at night while she pays the bills as a substitute teacher during the day. Ever since she activated him many months ago, Rogan has been her beautiful, dependable, obedient, dead-eyed security blanket.

One morning she is shocked when he disobeys a direct command in an attempt to please her and his dull artificial eyes flash a hint of something new. Is this the result of the adaptive Asist servility programming or is Rogan actually thinking? Can a robot think? Can a robot feel?

As Chloe struggles with these thoughts she is blindsided by the singular Niven Adams, a handsome, confident man with the voice of an angel who is everything she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. He’s the perfect guy for her, except for one problem. Niven doesn’t approve of Asists and takes an immediate dislike to Rogan. As Niven charms his way deeper and deeper into Chloe’s heart, Rogan tries to convince her that he is more than a mass-produced disposable servant.

With Rogan doing everything in his power to prove that his thoughts and feelings are real and Niven trying to persuade her to abandon her robot and have a normal human relationship, Chloe is trapped between the two things that mean the most to her. Does she embrace her relationship with the blond newcomer, or face that her Asist’s feelings may be more than features of his programming?

What really makes a person a person?

Is it a ticking muscle inside their chest, or is it something more?

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Author Bio:

C.E. Wilson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, grew up in Millersville, Pennsylvania, and has been living in Pittsburgh since 2009. For the first few years living in Pittsburgh, she was an English teacher. Her first book, “Oath of Servitude,” was published in 2012. In 2013, she quit teaching to be a full time author and hasn’t looked back since. She loves spending time with her daughter and husband.

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June 23, 2016
by Erica
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Cover Reveal: Fall of Thrones and Thorns by Jennifer Ellision

Fall of Thrones and Thorns
Jennifer Ellision
(Threats of Sky and Sea #3)
Publication date: September 27th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

War hurtles in, a typhoon over the sea.

After Bree’s life was torn apart, Nereidium had represented a haven to her. A place that—if she could save it—was beyond the King’s reach.

And, at last, she’s arrived upon its shores. But things in Nereidium are not what they should be.

The land is plagued by a rash of mysterious earthquakes, the likes of which it’s never known. The governors are distracted by old traditions, while Bree and her friends grapple with changing identities and the sense that the longer they wait to take action… the greater the danger from Egria grows.

Bree is tired of living under the shadow of King Langdon’s power. And she’s tired of waiting for him to be the first to act.

In this final chapter of the Threats of Sky and Sea series, it all comes down to Nereidium or Egria. To Bree or the King. It’s kill… or be killed.

And not everyone will escape the battle unscathed.

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Author Bio:

Jennifer Ellision spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them. She loves words, has a soft spot for fanfiction, and is a master of the fangirl flail. She resides in South Florida with her family, where she lives in fear of temperatures below 60 Fahrenheit

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June 20, 2016
by Erica
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Cover Reveal: Sword of Shadows by Karin Gastreich

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About the Book

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Title: Sword of Shadows

Author: Karin Gastreich

Genre: Fantasy

Sisters in magic, Eolyn and Adiana seek to revive a millennial tradition once forbidden to women. When war strikes, their fledgling community of magas is destroyed; its members killed, captured or scattered.
Determined to defend her people, Eolyn seeks to escape the occupied province and deliver to King Akmael a weapon that might secure their victory. Trapped by the invading army, Adiana is taken prisoner and placed at the mercy of the ruthless Prince Mechnes.
Even as their world is torn asunder, Eolyn and Adiana cling to a common dream. Courage and perseverance guide them toward a future where the Daughters of Aithne will flourish in a world set free from the violence of men.

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The First Book in the Series

Eolyn cover flat2 reduced 1 22 16In a land ravaged by civil war, the Mage King Kedehen initiates a ruthless purge of the magas. Eolyn, last daughter of the magas and sole heiress to their forbidden craft, seeks refuge in the vast and impenetrable South Woods. When she meets the mysterious Akmael, heir to the throne of this violent realm, she embarks on a path of hope, seduction, betrayal, and war. Desire draws Eolyn toward Akmael’s dark embrace, but fate binds her to Corey of East Selen, a cunning mage whose ambition challenges the limits of love and loyalty.
Can she trust either man?
Hunted in a realm of powerful wizards and brutal deceptions, Eolyn must find her own path to freedom or she will burn on the pyre.

“Vigorously told deceptions and battle scenes, with a romantic thread.” -Publishers Weekly

“Masterfully written.” -The Kindle Book Review

On June 20 and 21, the first book of the Silver Web Series, EOLYN, is available for free download on Amazon

Author Bio

Dec 2011 portrait of Karin Rita Gastreich by Julia ShapiroKarin Rita Gastreich writes stories of ordinary women and the extraordinary paths they choose. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she is part of the biology faculty at Avila University. An ecologist by vocation, Karin has wandered forests and wildlands for over twenty years. Her past times include camping, hiking, music, and flamenco dance. In addition to The Silver Web trilogy, Karin has published short stories in World Jumping, Zahir, Adventures for the Average Woman, and 69 Flavors of Paranoia. She is a recipient of the Spring 2011 Andrews Forest Writer’s Residency.

Website: http://krgastreich.com

Twitter: @EolynChronicles

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June 17, 2016
by Erica
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Featured Book: The Wendigo Witchling by B. Kristin McMichael

The Wendigo Witchling
B. Kristin McMichael
(The Skinwalkers’ Witchling #2)
Published by: Lexia Press
Publication date: June 7th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Cassie is part of it now. Turns out, she may not want to join the coven, but that’s exactly what she did when she bonded herself to Nate. Rather than face the ordeal of joining the clan, Cassie finds it’s time for a road trip with her best friend, Whitney. The road trip was to get away, maybe learn a bit more about night humans—it wasn’t to find a deep dark secret hidden in Whitney’s past, one that may hit a little closer to home than Cassie wants to admit. With their road trip cut short, it is time to confront everyone about the lies that had been their lives, but Cassie soon finds out home isn’t exactly how she left it.

Where have all the witches gone? She’s the only witch left in town when they return. Soon she is dragged into more than she bargained for and she has to make choices that will change everything. She’s finally given a choice: does she want to be a skinwalkers witch or a wendigo witch? Too bad there are more secrets than answers. Without all the facts, can she really choose her life’s direction? Time isn’t on her side as she has to make a choice. Now she just hopes it’s the right one.

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EXCERPT:

The boy glanced down. “Entry denied,” he read out on the machine.

“Denied?” Cassie asked in disbelief.

“You’re not just a day human,” the boy replied, pointing to the scanner which had just tried to eat Cassie’s hand. “Anyone who is part of a ruling family must seek permission to visit before coming so that the proper welcome can be made.”

“I’m not part of any ruling family,” Cassie replied. What is he talking about?

“Ugh,” Whitney groaned. “You’re Than’s mate and thus part of the ruling family. I didn’t think about that. I figured your family or mine had called ahead of us and wanted us home. They didn’t, but this …” Whitney shook her head like she should have guessed as much.

Cassie groaned, too. Their road trip was being cut short. She just wanted to get away, and now that was being foiled by Nate, and he wasn’t even there.

“Well, technically, she isn’t part of the family yet. She has yet to complete all the bonding rituals and right now is still under her own family,” Whitney added, batting her eyes and using her movie star looks to try to win over the guy.

“Completely true,” Cassie added, trying her best to imitate her friend and her “pretty please” face.

The guy glanced first at Cassie, and then at Whitney. He gave in. “I need to verify this with my boss,” he said before he turned and walked away.

 

Author Bio:

B. Kristin McMichael graduated with her PhD in biology at Ohio State where she worked as a scientist before taking her passion of writing full-time. Besides writing, she enjoys chasing her kids, playing outside, and baking cookies. She lives in Ohio with her husband and three children.

B. Kristin is the author of YA and clean NA paranormal fiction. Her “Night Human World” includes the YA series “The Blue Eyes Trilogy” about a midwestern girl who comes of age in a world of battling vampire clans, the “The Day Human Trilogy” that takes place among the Appalachian Sidhe fairies, and “The Skinwalkers Witchling” trilogy that follows an apprentice witch in the Pacific Northwest. She’s also the author of the NA paranormal time travel romance series “The Chalcedony Chronicles”.

The Chalcedony Chronicles: http://bkmc.me/Book1Carnelian

Night Human World Series:
-The Blue Eyes Trilogy: http://bkmc.me/LegendoftheBlueEyes
-The Day Human Trilogy: http://bkmc.me/DayHumanPrince
-The Skinwalkers Witchling: http://bkmc.me/TheWitchlingApprentice

For more information on all of her books, visit http://www.bkristinmcmichael.com

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June 16, 2016
by Erica
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Cover Reveal: Daemoneum by Laney McMann

Daemoneum
Laney McMann
(The Primordial Principles #2)
Published by: Jagged Lane Books
Publication date: July 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Boulder, Colorado is too quiet, and no one needs to remind Cole Spires how unnatural that is.

In the aftermath of Dracon’s death, the Daemoneum have gone into hiding. Every known Hive has been shut down and evacuated, and for the first time in Cole’s memory, the Brotherhood, Kinship, and all common houses across the country and abroad are considering lockdown. Leygates are being systematically closed around the world, and the Primordial are waiting …

In the bunker underneath the Brotherhood, Kade Sparrow is as safe as she can possibly be, or that’s the idea, but no one can explain how her Astrum necklace found its way into her bedroom. There were no footprints, no traces of breaking and entering, no evidence of any kind that someone had infiltrated the Brotherhood common house. Yet the necklace still sat on her night stand, wound in a perfect circle of gold, the tiny star glinting on its chain. And the only person who could have put it there … is dead.

In the second installment of The Primordial Principles, strange occurrences are happening across the globe. Relationships will be tested, old players will become new, foes will turn into allies, and an unlikely adversary will force Cole and Kade to go on the run.

As the fallen rise, the Primordial must unite as one.

Or all could be lost.

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Author Bio:

Laney McMann is the author of The Fire Born Novels, The Primordial Principles, and The CrossWorld Chronicles (coming soon)

The product of very creative parents and the most imaginative grandmother ever, she has an untapped passion for the supernatural and all things magical. Her voracious appetite for reading fantasy started really young ~ and so did her love of words.

She writes young adult dark urban fantasy novels mixed with a spike of romance, a hint of history, a dash of mythology, and lots of paranormal.

On the non-writing side of life, Laney is a former classical dancer, music snob, chef, and a right-brained thinker to a fault. When she’s not dreaming up new dead ends to torture herself with, she spends her time running and playing her music way too loud.

Laney is published by J. Taylor Publishing and formerly by Booktrope Publishing.

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June 12, 2016
by Erica
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Featured Book: The Exiled Seven by Blake Renworth

The Exiled Seven
Blake Renworth
(The Exiled Series, #1)
Published by: Inglenook Publishing House
Publication date: May 12th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult

When Alariq is exiled from his home city-state for a crime he did not commit, only six stand by his side, convinced of his innocence and steadfast in their loyalty.

The seven dwarfs must set out from Ishtara to look for a new place to call home, but in doing so, they make a discovery that puts them all in danger. They are rescued and taken in by a mysterious and beautiful outsider, who lives alone in the depths of Loraheem Forest. What follows is Alariq’s struggle to come to terms with his exile, as those around him seek to make a place for themselves in this new life. Soon, however, it becomes clear their situation is more complex than they initially realized, and they begin to wonder if there is more behind Alariq’s exile than simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Told in a unique storyteller voice, this reversal and reimagining of the classic fairy tale explores the themes of shattering betrayal, the subsequent struggle to trust again, and the basic desire to take control of one’s own destiny.

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EXCERPT:

If you will, please imagine the tallest and most beautifully handsome man you can, the complete and perfect embodiment of classic male beauty, charm, and chivalry.

Now—cast this image far from your mind. For this tale is not about him. Many of such tales have already been told, and to tell yet another would be a great disservice to the other heroes of the world.

The hero around whom this tale revolves—and a hero I assure you he was, even if your faith may waver during the events that follow—was a hero of a different sort. Though it would be altogether unfair to say that he did not entirely look the part. He was as handsome as dwarfs come. Strong, in both physique and demeanor, and clearly one who commanded respect. But his jaw-length, dark blonde hair, the color of wet straw, and not even five-foot stature are not what you and I are accustomed to seeing in our mind’s eye when we think of the heroes of tall tales. Nor his slightly crooked nose or angular jawline, for that matter.

What about his personality, you ask? For, of course, looks are not all that matter in a champion. And I applaud your depth of character. But sadly, I must disappoint you and your commendable optimism. For this hero was not charming, or dashing, or gallant, or really very pleasant in any way at all. In fact, he could be downright unpleasant to be around when in one of his all-too-frequent foul dispositions. And unfortunately, it is in such a disposition that we find Alariq as we join his story.

As disagreeable as Alariq was, I am sure you will find his demeanor quite understandable. You see, his story is an unfortunate one. We find him, and his six loyal companions, banished from their city-state, Alariq for a crime he did not commit, and the others for their loyalty to him and their faith in his innocence.

Seven dwarfs they were, exiled and alone.
 

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June 10, 2016
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Review of Brinsop’s Brood by Kristian Alva

brinsop's broodBrinsop’s Brood

Dragon Stone Adventures

Kristian Alva

Genre: Fantasy

Published: May 2016

Synopsis:

The dragons of Durn, once on the verge of extinction, are now recovering with a new generation of hatchlings. The leader of the dragon riders, Sela Matu, waits anxiously for word from her dragon, Brinsop, who has retreated into the Death Sands to nest.

Weeks pass, and Sela waits anxiously for word. Then one day, she hears the distant voice of her dear friend at last, delivering the happy news; the dragon hatchlings have arrived. Overjoyed, Sela ventures deep into the desert to reunite with Brinsop and meet her new brood of hatchlings.

But a trap has been set. Lurking among the desert tribes is a mysterious stranger whose intentions are uncertain. Sela must hurry to Brinsop’s side, or else the hatchlings may be lost forever. Can Sela stop this shadowy outsider before it’s too late?

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Review:

For the first time in many years, a dragon has given birth. Driven to near extinction, the arrival of hatchlings is a momentous occasion, drawing the attention of both friend and foe.

The synopsis gave me the idea that this would be an action-packed story about dragon riders. It isn’t. At the very least, I’d hoped to get some perspective inside the dragon’s mind and watch her raise her brood. That’s not what this is about either.

Basically the story revolves around Sela, a former dragon rider who might have done great things in the past. It’s hinted at, and she’s responsible for giving the dragons protected status, so at least I know she did something. Other than that, she is a rather boring character. She doesn’t carry herself like a noble, nor does she speak like one. She also doesn’t act like a warrior, nor does she seem to have much fight in her. She could have been anyone, and she did not stand out or appeal to me as a lead character. Most of her scenes involve lengthy, boring conversations. Even when she meets up with Feanor, whom she hates, she doesn’t have much venom in her words. The only actual fighting is one small scene and only between the dragons, making the riders entirely unnecessary. It’s a puzzling world where dragon riders don’t actually do any fighting. What is the point? “She knew she was powerless to stop him” pretty much sums it up. Can’t win, don’t try. Not a drop of fight left in this woman who at some point was a great warrior. I didn’t get a feel for her grand history in this story.

The theft of the hatchlings was a good plot point and could have led to a grand adventure. I think it was too rushed in this novella and would have been far better fledged out into a novel. I would love to journey along with Brinsop as she hunts for her brood and gets her revenge. But all of the other characters could be left out, except for Abayomi, who I found fascinating.

There was also a lot of lead up to getting a falcon. His name is Raider, and I’d hoped he would do something interesting, but alas, he does not. I wanted him to scratch some eyes out when his mistress was kidnapped, but he did nothing. I don’t think he was even around for it. Unfortunately that makes the bird another extraneous character. I wanted to love this story. I truly did. It certainly has a lot of potential, but it doesn’t deliver.

I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

2stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 out of 5 stars

kristian alvaAbout the Author:

Kristian Alva is a bestselling fantasy author. In addition to being named a Kindle Unlimited All Star, her books have reached #1 in Juvenile Fantasy on Amazon UK and Amazon Australia. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading all genres, especially epic fantasy. She lives in California with her family, two cats, and a fish named Bill.

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June 2, 2016
by Erica
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Review of The Golden Owl – Clockwork Calico Book 1 by Lana Axe

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The Golden Owl

Clockwork Calico Book 1

Lana Axe

Genre: Steampunk, Middle-Grade

Released: April 2016

Synopsis:

Calico Cogg is a cat like no other. Rescued from the streets of Ticswyk by esteemed inventor Lionel Cogg, she has been fitted with implants to enhance her natural feline abilities. When Lionel is kidnapped, Cali must put her skills to the test to free him.

Dark schemes are in the works—a plague of tiny clockwork spiders are wreaking havoc on the city’s inhabitants. Only Cali, with help from her trusted mouse friend Emmit, can get to the bottom of it all. With a criminal mastermind planning a major heist, Cali must race against time to unravel his plot before he escapes with the city’s greatest treasure.

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Review:

Strange clockwork spiders have been spotted around Ticswyk, and only Cali, the infamous clockwork calico, can figure out what’s going on.

Cali is a unique cat. Her mannerisms are spot-on, portraying your typical feline. She loves to eat and nap, enjoys sitting in laps, and she has slight arrogance about her. Yes, she’s a typical cat, or wait, no she isn’t. She’s clockwork, enhanced by her human caretaker Lionel. He’s a master tinker, an inventor who rescued a kitten from the streets and turned her into this amazing crime-solving cat.
Geared toward middle-grade readers, this story is fun to read. I think adults who enjoy cats and mysteries will really get a kick out of this tale. The Victorian, steampunk setting is nicely written, keeping well within the genre. There are strange machines and some familiar items with strange twists, like Cali herself.
Mouse friend Emmit was a fun addition. The two play off of each other, both being highly intelligent for their respective species. A fun and quick adventure to bring down a major criminal with loads of fun action throughout. It’s a quick and entertaining read.
I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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5 out of 5 stars

About the Author:

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Lana Axe lives in the Missouri countryside surrounded by dogs, cats, birds and reptiles. She spends most of her free time daydreaming about elves, magic, and far-away lands.

Website: http://lana-axe.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LanaAxe

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lanaaxe

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7102583.Lana_Axe

June 1, 2016
by Erica
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Review of Daughter of the Sun by Zoe Kalo

daughter of the sunDaughter of the Sun

Cult of the Cat Book 1

Zoe Kalo

Published: April 1, 2016

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Trinity was born during a solar eclipse and left at the doorsteps of a convent along with a torn piece of papyrus covered with ancient symbols. Raised by nuns in the English countryside, she leads a quiet life until she’s whisked away to the Island of Cats and a grandmother she never knew.

But before they can get to know each other, her grandmother dies. All that Trinity has left is a mysterious eye-shaped ring. And a thousand grieving cats. As Trinity tries to solve the enigma of the torn papyrus, she discovers a world of bloody sacrifices and evil curses, and a prophecy that points to her and her new feline abilities.

Unwilling to believe that any of the Egyptian gods could still be alive, Trinity turns to eighteen-year-old Seth and is instantly pulled into a vortex of sensations that forces her to confront her true self—and a horrifying destiny.

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Trinity is about to find out a dark family secret, one that will change her world in ways she never imagined.

This book starts off painfully slow. Trinity was mildly interesting and the cats were a lovely addition, so I trudged on in the hopes it would get better. I was nearly halfway through the book before it stopped being a boring YA Romance and turned into a fantasy story. This shift happened around page 150, and if I’d read chapter one and then skipped to that point, I don’t think I would have missed much. The same hints are repeated over and over, suggesting that there is something special in Trinity’s connection to cats and she has these strange sensations that might be magic. I didn’t need that much lead up to get the point that she’s not an ordinary girl.

Once I was past the first half, I enjoyed getting to know Trinity and watching her evolve into what she eventually becomes. She finds her strength and has the courage to demand some answers about 20 pages before the end. Despite that, she was a likable enough character, if a bit annoying at times with her teenage “I’ll figure it out on my own” attitude. Asking the right people would have been easier, but would have made for a dull story. As far as characters go, Ara ended up making a fun companion. I think she fit into the role of sidekick quite well. And of course, Slugger, the calico cat with a big attitude and a lot of knowledge. Seth felt like an afterthought.

There were some nice fantasy scenes describing Trinity’s newfound powers. She proves herself to have strong magical ties without going too far into the realm of the fantastic. These abilities are grounded in ancient Egyptian beliefs, which even today are mysterious and fascinating. There are also some nice tidbits describing gods and goddesses and creatures from Egyptian mythology.

I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

3stars

 

 

 

 

 

3 out of 5 stars

 

 

 

 

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