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Review of TRUE NORTH by L. E. Sterling 

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Rarely does a sequel live up to the hype of the original but TRUE NORTH manages to do just that. Author L.E. Sterling set the bar pretty high with her first book in the series, TRUE BORN, and she manages to rise above. Perfect blend of bleak dystopian landscape; mystery and political intrigue; and a hint of steamy romance will have readers eagerly turning pages. Fantastic characters will draw readers in. Can’t recommend this book and series highly enough.
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Abandoned by her family in Plague-ridden Dominion City, eighteen-year-old Lucy Fox has no choice but to rely upon the kindness of the True Borns, a renegade group of genetically enhanced humans, to save her twin sister, Margot. But Nolan Storm, their mysterious leader, has his own agenda. When Storm backtracks on his promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off for Russia with her True Born bodyguard and maybe-something-more, the lethal yet beautiful Jared Price. In Russia, there’s been whispered rumors of Plague Cure.

While Lucy fights her magnetic attraction to Jared, anxious that his loyalty to Storm will hurt her chances of finding her sister, they quickly discover that not all is as it appears…and discovering the secrets contained in the Fox sisters’ blood before they wind up dead is just the beginning.
As they say in Dominion, sometimes it’s not you…it’s your DNA.

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Review of RENEGADE RED by Lauren Bird Horowitz

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The exciting second book in “The Light Trilogy” by Lauren “Birdaileen” Horowitz will not disappoint readers that fell in love with the first book, SHATTERED BLUE. Oftentimes the sequel doesn’t live up to the original, but that isn’t the case with RENEGADE RED. Readers will be drawn back into the world created in SHATTERED BLUE and into the characters lives. Noa, Callum, and Judah are well drawn characters that readers will be sucked into their lives. Twists and turns abound that will leave readers guessing. Definitely recommend!
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Description 

ONLY A RENEGADE WILL SURVIVE
Reckless, desperate, and distraught, Noa Sullivan leaps into a collapsing Portal in the explosive finale of Shattered Blue —the jaw-dropping, award-winning first installment in The Light Trilogy —in wild hope of rescuing her little sister Sasha. Now Noa and the Fae brothers who love her—Callum and Judah Forsythe—must find a way to survive not only across worlds but between them, in places so treacherous and deceptive their own minds are twisted against them. As the three fight to survive their passage, they battle not only enemies but themselves, and their darkest, most difficult secrets.
Surviving, however, is only the beginning: Noa needs to find Sasha. That means becoming a warrior herself, one just as fierce as the magical brothers battling for her love. Across broken cities, underground labyrinths, rushing floods and endless skies; in the face of legions of armies, horrifying tyrants, and the most deceitful of friends, can Mortal Noa rescue her sister—and understand her own heart—in time to escape the most deadly of magic realms?

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Review of GARDEN OF THORNS by Amber Mitchell

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Exciting YA fantasy that will draw readers in from the very first page. Amber Mitchell creates an interesting world that is dark, violent, and broken yet manages to weave hope, love, romance, and friendship to light up the cracks. Readers will be drawn into the lives of the main characters, Rayce and Rose. Rose has lived the past ten years with lies, heartache, terror, and tears in The Garden under the thumb of the evil Gardener. Forced to dance and entertain, Rose has struggled to survive and has lived in constant fear of her past coming back to destroy her and everyone she loves. Rayce has his own struggles trying to lead a dangerous rebellion against his cruel uncle, the Emperor. Can two people struggling under the weight of their past bring each other out of the darkness and rise from the ashes or will the weight crush them? Readers will be eagerly turning pages to find out. Definitely recommend!
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After seven grueling years of captivity in the Garden—a burlesque troupe of slave girls—sixteen-year-old Rose finds an opportunity to escape during a performance for the emperor. But the hostage she randomly chose from the crowd to aid her isn’t one of the emperor’s men—not anymore. He’s the former heir to the throne, who is now leading a rebellion against it.

Rayce is a wanted man and dangerously charismatic, the worst person for Rose to get involved with, no matter what his smile promises. But he assumes Rose’s attempt to take him hostage is part of a plot to crush the rebellion, so he takes her as his hostage. Now Rose must prove where her loyalties lie, and she offers Rayce a deal—if he helps her rescue the other girls, she’ll tell him all the Garden’s secrets.

Except the one secret she’s kept for seven years that she’ll to take to her grave if she must.

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THE QUEEN has been Crowned… 

The exciting conclusion of the FAE trilogy, THE QUEEN, is FINALLY here!!! 

CJ Abedi doesn’t disappoint. 
An epic ending to the series that will have readers ugly sobbing, laughing, cheering, and falling more in love with the characters. The addition of longer flashbacks into Caroline’s family history are extremely emotional and a welcome addition to the story. They enhance rather than detract from the tale. Characters are fully developed and a deeper understanding of what makes them tick is achieved. Readers opinions of characters, including Alderon and Puck, will be forever changed. 
CJ Abedi creates an incredible world and characters. Definitely recommend the entire series!
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As Caroline struggles to accept her rightful place as Queen of the Light Fae, her relationship with Devilyn, son of the Dark King, seems not only doomed, but dangerous. They know their connection is undeniable, but for others, their love is an insidious threat.
Trapped in a plot concocted by the Dark King Alderon and his evil associate, Puck, Caroline must search her history and develop her own powers in order to survive. And as Devilyn’s father appeals to the Dark inside his son, Caroline fears Devilyn will succumb to those Dark instincts before they can defeat Alderon.
Weaving together narratives from Caroline and Devilyn’s pasts as well as their present, The Queen finishes the fight between Light and Dark. Will Caroline and Devilyn’s love outlast the war? And will Caroline live to rule as the Queen of the Light?
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Review of UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN by Renee Collins

  
***Coming November 1st, 2015***

Mystery and romance are in full force in this wonderful tale of star crossed lovers. It is a terrific story that grabs your attention from the first page to the last. You will be eagerly turning pages to find out what happens next. Well drawn characters and a smoothly flowing plot will keep the reader engaged. Definitely recommend!

*ARC was received from Net Galley*

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They exist in two different centuries, but their love defies time

Cassandra craves drama and adventure, so the last thing she wants is to spend her summer marooned with her mother and stepfather in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. But when a dreamy stranger shows up on their private beach claiming it’s his own—and that the year is 1925—she is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making.

As she searches for answers in the present, Cassandra discovers a truth that puts their growing love—and Lawrence’s life—into jeopardy. Desperate to save him, Cassandra must find a way to change history…or risk losing Lawrence forever.

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Review of STEPPING STONES by Kacey Vanderkarr

  
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Just finished this first book of a new #YA series and I really enjoyed it. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy, though, before you start reading because you are going to need them!!! A true emotional roller coaster that will leave you feeling like your heart has been through a blender. Luckily there is enough romance, fantasy, and happiness to balance out the sad parts. A great book that will keep you entertained from the first page to the last. Definitely recommend #SteppingStones by Kacey Vanderkarr, Young Adult Author!
*ARC was received from NetGalley

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Onnaleigh Moore is part of a plan—and it isn’t hers. When her brother dies in a car accident, Onna is desperate to preserve the tatters of her family. Any hope of finding normalcy vanishes when her mother runs off and her dad turns to booze to numb his pain. Onna’s grief is crippling, but the boy who showed up just when she needed him is helping her cope. 
Everett’s presence is comforting, though he knows things—Onna’s name just before they met, where she lives, and sometimes he comments on thoughts she doesn’t say aloud. She pegs him for a stalker, or maybe psychic, but the truth is deadlier than she imagines. As their feelings for one another deepen, Everett confesses a horrifying secret: Onna’s brother is only the beginning of the plan, and some fates are worse than death.

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New #YA series by K.R. Conway

  
I was so in love with #Undertow by K.R. Conway that I had to hurry up and read the sequel #Stormfront and the novella #CruelSummer. I am totally hooked on this series! Fantastic characters and well written stories. If you like #YA and enjoyed #Twilight or #TMI (The Mortal Instruments), these books will be right up your alley. Perfect blend of real life teenage situations (growing into your adult self, high school, first love, and child/parent relationships) with fantastical elements (shape shifting, psychic abilities, soul suckers, immortality, and dangerous powers). Definitely worth checking out!!!

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