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Blurb:

Brothers at odds. One lost faerie to find. An enemy lurks in the shadows.

But not for long.

After saving her friends from death, Mina finds herself in charge of the faeries of the Haven. But the two faerie factions are still divided, and a lost faerie remains to be found.

Answers about their enemy are elusive. And with half the Haven burned to ash, and the faerie army reduced to a fraction of its former strength, Mina knows they aren’t ready for the attack that may come any day.

They must prepare. They must unite. Or risk being destroyed.

Still reeling from a devastating betrayal, Arius struggles to find his way. Realizing now what he should have known all along—that Mina is the one who will save them all—he is desperate to not lose her in the process.

Time is short. The enemy is making their move.

The Fomori are on the rise.

Other Information:

If you would rather support me by purchasing your own ecopy, pre-order Rise of the Fomori Today! Book comes out May 30th! Buy your own copy here.

Lies of the Haven is FREE!

Lies of the Haven is FREE!

If you haven’t read it yet, now’s the time to get it! In preparation for Rise of the Fomori coming out next month, Lies of the Haven ebook is currently FREE until Friday, April 30th! Get book one now!

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Tattoo magic. Rival brothers. Lost fae. A war full of betrayals.

Nothing is as it seems.

Fifteen-year-old Mina didn’t ask to become the center of a feud between two monster wielding, near immortal warriors and their faerie followers. Nor did she ask to be a faerie. Everything changes the night a dragon sends her nana’s home up in flames.

Mina is forced into a life of lies, monsters, and magic. But as she searches for answers that might end the fighting, an enemy threatens Mina and the lives of those she loves.

Looking For Book Launch Help

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The Wicked King By Holly Black Book Review

This second installment of Holly Black’s Cruel Prince series had some really great developments. Cardan is on the throne but under the control of Jude, his seneschal. Jude is in charge of the Court of Shadows. She must run both the kingdom and her spy network, while Cardan parties, but Jude struggles to hold it all together.

I loved the progress of Cardan and Jude’s relationship and almost loved it all the way up to the end where I was a bit disappointed. However the ending, if disappointing, does lead you right up into book three.

Jude’s trauma from her imprisonment was well done but as far as long term consequences, I felt was a bit lacking. But the action and the twists and turns were awesome and unexpected. The intrigue, gripping. The power plays were well done and there were parts of the ending that verged on epic.

Cardens character progressed very nicely. I liked to see him begin to come into his own as king and how Jude influenced him. And the theme on keeping power presented at the beginning of the book leads into the ending of the book, even if the results were less than satisfying.

Altogether, definitely worth the read, and loving the world that Holly Black has created!

I’ve already started on book 3, can’t wait to see what happens next!

Becoming Human by Amy Michelle Carpenter Book Review

Becoming Human was a refreshing Sci-Fi read about three teenagers who must save earth from alien invasion. The book switches viewpoint between the three teens–two aliens and one human. Kokab is an alien whose planet is about to be destroyed and must convince humans to let her people come and cohabit earth. But her inability to feel or make choices on her own complicates her task. Carter is a human boy who doesn’t believe in aliens after his dad’s announcement about aliens on national television ruined his life. And Ags is the new defender of earth who fears that Kokab’s people are not as innocent as they claim to be.

This was a great read! I really felt connected to the characters and their struggles. The switching between viewpoints was smooth and entertaining. I also felt like all three of their personalities were distinct and unique. The book had plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing and a lot of fun alien culture and technology!

It was great to see each of the characters dealing with their own struggles and how they grew throughout the book and the sacrifices they had to make in order to defend earth. The lessons were sweet and poignant. Altogether a very enjoyable read!

If you are into a coming of age, alien-based sci-fi with unexpected twists, check out Becoming Human!

Official Blurb:

A redneck teen. A robotic alien. A whimsical guardian. Three teens of different species must embrace one another to save all of humanity. 

Carter doesn’t believe in aliens. And he certainly doesn’t defend his dad’s claims that they exist, even if they aired on national television. But then, the girl he’s falling for starts doing strange things, magical things, things that seem a bit out of this world.

Kokab hungers to be a Perfect in a world where her emotions are her greatest flaw. But when her planet faces extinction, her feelings makes her the perfect ambassador to persuade humans to accept her people. Failure means invasion, but success means she will never become a Perfect.

Ags dreams of graduating from the Academy and becoming a guardian of Earth. Obsessed with all things human, she’s eager to spend time on the unique planet. But when she uncovers an impending invasion, she’s willing to lose everything, including herself, to stop it.

Other Information:

Purchase your own copy of Becoming Human on Amazon.

You can follow Amy Michelle Carpenter on her website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

The Cursed Witch and The Fallen Demon by RL Perez double book review

So I am a person who likes books with a lot of action and anything that is an enemies to lovers style romance. The Nightcaster Chronicles is a series with both of these! Meet Brielle a badass demon hunter who turns out not to have her magic powers. She is sent off to live in 1700’s Spain when her powers refuse to manifest and the magic council worries that she may be a cursed witch. She lives with a group of other witches and wizards who also have difficulties with their powers. Enter Leo, a vampire who leads a coven of demons and is looking for his brother that is being held by the Count who runs the castle where Brielle and the other witches and wizards live.

This is a fun series! The first book was really enjoyable and I enjoyed the subtle romance mixed in with the action. The second book gets very steamy with some intimate scenes. The development of their relationship in book two is pretty satisfying with a heart wrenching ending that leads you directly into the third book! Sometimes the romance was a bit too in your face for me, but the action and the magic mixed in kept me turning the pages.

I really enjoyed Leo’s point of view in book 2. In book 1 I found him less sympathetic but by book 2, I found his perspective much more enjoyable. I love Brielle’s character. I feel like she really drove the first book while Leo really drove book 2. It will be interesting to see how their perspectives are balanced in book 3.

If you are into reading a steamy, dark fantasy romance with time travel and a healthy dose of action and intrigue, check out The Nightcaster Chronicles by R.L. Perez!

Official Blurb:

A dark power rises. A foe becomes an ally. The souls of the undead hang in the balance.

Brielle Gerrick can’t access her magic. In an effort to awaken her powers, she gets sucked into a time portal—to Spain in the year 1735. Struggling to survive, Brielle is attacked by demons led by an arrogant shape-shifting vampire named Leo Serrano. He toys with Brielle—and she hates him for it.

When Brielle’s dark magic awakens a phoenix within her, she discovers an unholy power . . . and a connection to Lilith, the queen of the Underworld. As the threat of Lilith looms closer, Brielle must put her trust in Leo and his coven of vampires. He becomes an unlikely ally, and Brielle tries to resist the attraction between them. Lilith wants the phoenix’s power for her own. She hunts Brielle, willing to kill anyone who stands in her way.


War is waged. The souls of the damned are unleashed. In the end, Brielle must choose between survival . . . and defeating her worst enemy.

More Information:

Read The Cursed Witch today by purchasing it on Amazon.

Read Book 2, the Fallen Demon by purchasing it on Amazon.

Or purchase the whole trilogy by getting the boxed set here.

Follow RL Perez on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bookbub, and TickTock

Rise of the Fomori Prologue Sneak Peek

Check out this Sneak Peek of the Rise of the Fomori Prologue!

Prologue: Vision of the Past

“Ah, our esteemed leaders, come to check on us lowly wretches out here in the trenches.”

 “Watch your mouth, Bres,” Fand snapped.

 She flipped her long pale hair over her shoulder, sitting outside her tent on the mossy ground, one hand holding a stone, her sword laid out before her. Bres lingered near, next to a broad leafy tree, his shoulder-length hair pulled into a ponytail. His eyes, brown with an odd red tint, glazed over Fand. The knife in his hand carved back a layer on the small piece of wood he whittled.

Fand’s attention had been drawn to two men dressed in leather armor a short distance away, who had barely exited a large official tent and were deep in conversation. One man, tall and stiff, spoke with an unyielding intensity, a golem attached to his upper right bicep. The other, who stood with a more casual air, sported a red dragon. Their rich reddish-brown leather was smooth and polished. Fand ran a finger over her own cracking, dirt brown cuirass covering her front. 

“Oh yes,” Bres said, not glancing up from his whittling. His leather armor also appeared a little worn and was the same light brown color as Fand’s. “You wouldn’t want such favored guests to discover what it’s truly like out here. Keeping all those palace faeries safe so they can sit in their nice cushy position and act like they’re the honored heroes—Do you think they find it all that taxing? Come on Fand, you know you’re worth ten of them.”

The corners of Fand’s mouth twitched. “You don’t know what you’re talking about.” She nodded toward the two men. “They are the Sons of Tempest.”

Bres paused and looked toward the men. “Are they now?”

She nodded. “Slayers of the demon horde at Mystic Rune. Victors over the great Vampiric Challenge and retrievers of the Glaive of Light from the Lair of the Dragons.”

Bres recovered. He studied Fand, who watched the newcomers. “Thought they’d be taller.”

Fand shook her head, setting the stone in her grasp aside as her lips curled upwards. “Still think I’m worth ten of them?”

“Easy to make a name for yourself when you carry extra protection,” he said, tapping his bare arms, “and have the right lineage.”

Her smile faded.

“We both know you are one of the best soldiers here,” he said. “But even if by some miracle you performed an act of valiance and bravery that got you into the king’s guard, there’d always be that separation. You’d always be that special case. There’d always be that doubt over whether you belonged there.”

Fand tore her gaze away from the two men, rubbing the skin of her own bare arms. “Who said I’d take a place among the king’s guard even if they offered it?”

He gave her a flat stare, and Fand matched his gaze with unflinching eyes.

“I hadn’t realized how much you enjoyed the constant battles and stench and death,” he said.

“Bres.”

“Or that the life expectancy of a faerie guarding the outer realm for all those cushy faeries is a fraction of what—”

“It is an honor to protect our realm. If not for us, chaos would reign.”

“Honor,” Bres spat. “This afternoon we are going up against a horde of faerie-eating ogres. Either they will slaughter us or we will slaughter them.” His jaw clenched once before adding, “I hear they have a dragon.”

Fand paled.

“Fand.” Both Fand and Bres turned at the sound of the new voice. A woman dressed in dark armor with three feathers notched in the shoulder stood several paces behind them. Her braid hung past her shoulder blades, the sides of her head shaven. “I wish to speak with you.”

Fand stood, picking her sword up off the ground and dropping it into the sheath on her belt. She and Bres bowed to the woman and the two women walked away together, leaving Bres staring after them.

“Since when are you spending time with that instigator?” the woman asked Fand.

“Bres? He’s harmless.”

“Hmm.” The woman didn’t appear convinced. They walked past tents and soldiers lounging about. Rocky stone peaks covered in gray forbidding clouds loomed over a deep forest beyond their camp.

“We’re going into battle. Lately, you have gotten a little reckless,” the woman said.

Fand stared straight ahead, an unyieldingness in her step. “I do what the situation warrants.”

“Like when you took on an entire flock of wyverns by yourself? You almost got torn to bits.” Her sharp tone didn’t mask the pride on the woman’s face.

Fand’s chin raised. “I was distracting them. The company was pinned down. I look out for my own.” 

“I know you do. You make me proud. But Fand, I see you like my own daughters.” She shook her head. “Maybe more than my own daughters, and this time—this time please watch out for yourself.”

“I will, Aunt Uaine.”

Fand glanced back at the Sons of Tempest talking, now farther away but still within her line of vision. Arius and Dramian. Without warning, a dragon appeared, large flapping wings spread out and rough red scales covered its body. The two men climbed onto the dragon and it took to the sky.

Fand sucked in a breath. “They’re leaving? They are not fighting with us?” 

Uaine followed her line of vision. “The Sons of Tempest? Did you expect them to? They have their own mission. We can handle things here.”

Discontentment crossed Fand’s face as she watched them soar away.

A messenger approached. “My Lady.” The faerie bowed. “The ogres are on the move. You are ordered to split your division into forward and rear segments and to move to the front, taking the foremost position by the left bank of the shining stream.”

“Tell General Corrigan it shall be done,” said Uaine.

The messenger bowed.

{BREAK}

As if on cue, fleshy creatures came down from the mountains, charging toward the faerie army. Fand’s shoulders tensed. They towered over the treetops. Feet pounded the earth and gigantic maces swung, tearing trees from their roots then launching them at the line of faeries. Dirt sprayed as a large tree crashed right in front of the lines where Fand stood. Like an electric current rushing through wire, a shock of nervous fear shot through the eyes of the faeries waiting. Several shifted in anxious anticipation.

Fand’s face grew grim as she watched the oncoming ogres.

 “You know this fight was wholly avoidable,” Bres said from beside her.

She gave him a look that clearly questioned his sanity.

“I speak the truth. Those ogres are only angry because we have restricted their territory.”

“We have been more than generous—”

“Generosity isn’t enough when you used to have the entire world to roam around. Not to mention, if we hadn’t given up our powers, this fight would be over in seconds. You know that’s true.”

Fand gripped her sword and turned on him. “That’s treason.”

But Bres pointed toward the oncoming foaming, roaring figures, maces and axes tossing trees aside like kindling.

“You can report me if we both survive,” he said, his face a shade of green.

Rise of the Fomori will be available May 30th! Preorder your copy today!

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black Book Review

I really enjoyed the first book in the Folk of the Air series! The Cruel Prince is told from the perspective of Jude who is a human living in the land of Faerie. Cardan and his friends torment her but as she dives deeper into the world of Faerie she learns that Cardan may be the least of her worries.

It was a little difficult for me to get into the book at the beginning. Despite the cruel and action packed beginning, the one sentence chapter 2 and the excessive telling in some of the chapters after really put me off. Plus, I found some of Holly Black’s writing style a bit jarring in the way she would word things. However, as the story became more complex, I found myself getting more and more into it.

Her descriptions in the book are amazing and really draw you into the world. The world is complex and mixes modern and old classic style elements. Despite the rough start, Holly Black does a great job of drawing you into the story with her awesome descriptions and your curiosity of what is going to happen next. The pacing and suspense are very well done.

The characters are unique and distinct. Jude is tough and Prince Cardan isn’t as terrible as she always imagined. It was fun to see them begin to interact with each other and interesting to follow Jude through her tough choices.

I found this book to be a very compelling read and I can’t wait to read book 2! If you are into a dark fantasy story filled with bloodthirsty and dangerous faeries, then check out The Cruel Prince.

To check out more of Holly Black’s writing, click here.

Disillusioned by Roxanne McNeil Book Review

This stand alone fantasy romance was a fun read! As one who has always been a fan of Pride and Prejudice, I found this book had an enjoyable Jane Austen feel about it while adding the right mix of danger and magic to make it a quick and compelling read.

Lillian is a young woman who is a powerful sorceress. She has the power to bend light and make illusions. Dan is brought on as her proud, condescending protector. At first the two don’t get along, but as time passes their mutual attraction turns into a deep love.

The book is written from the point of view of both Lillian and Dan which I found worked really well for the book. The switch between viewpoints kept the book moving along. It was fun to see them grow closer together as a couple and come to appreciate each other’s strengths.

The one drawback that I sometimes had a hard time with was when Lillian would act a bit like a child or when Dan would get super overprotective in an unhealthy way. The romance was a bit formulaic. But I enjoyed how Lillian grew into her own powers and how eventually Dan came to see her as capable, even if it were a bit overstated at times.

This is not my style of book. Usually I enjoy a lot of action with some nice romance on the side but the cute relationship between Lillian and Dan was enjoyable and these were characters that I genuinely enjoyed getting to know. Again I think the Pride and Prejudice feel really hit it home for me. The magic and action on the side were a great bonus to make this feel like a nice well rounded fantasy romance. I felt like what the author did with Lillian’s powers was very clever, using her ability in new and refreshing ways that I hadn’t considered before.

Overall an entertaining read! If you are into reading clean fantasy romance with a regency era Pride and Prejudice feel, then check out Disillusioned by Roxanne McNeil!

Official Blurb:

An unwanted bodyguard, an underestimated sorceress, and their powerful, mutual dislike. 

Expecting to guard a powerful sorcerer, Dan Forell instead finds himself the unwanted bodyguard of a young sorceress, a pretty girl who could destroy his dreams of prestige in the army. If he wasn’t falling in love with her, he might hate her entirely.

When Lillian Loraine is pushed into accepting an irritable defender, one who clearly doesn’t want the job, her social life and happiness are threatened with utter collapse. She shouldn’t fall for him or trust him with the truth of her abilities, but his quiet intensity and devotion make her question her resolve.

As a foreign power works to annihilate the sorcerers protecting their homeland, Lillian and Dan must repel enemy attacks, overcome first impressions, and somehow convince each other that love is worth the risk of heartbreak.

Disillusioned is a sweet romance with fantasy elements for fans of Pride and Prejudice and fairy tale endings.

Other Information:

You can purchase a copy of Disillusioned on Amazon.

Follow Roxanne McNeil on her website, Instagram and Facebook.

The Spectra Unearthed by Christie Valentine Powell Book Review

This was a fun fantasy story about a Sprite named Keita and her friends who are fighting against the evil Stygian army. The Stygians have taken over the six kingdoms and Keita and her friends are some of the last remaining royalty in the land. In this first book in the series, they are in the Nome lands that have power over earth. The book has a nice complex world and the differences in the girls personalities and powers are well established and fun.

I think what I really enjoyed in this book was the girls relationships with each other. I loved seeing the way they interacted. Some of the dialogue also was very clever and well done and I enjoyed reading about their friendship. The pacing was pretty good with action coming at the right moments so that you don’t get bored. There were also some fun twists and turns in the book as well.

The thing that I found was the hardest part with this book was that often I would be reading and then all of a sudden I would be lost and have to go back and reread, sometimes several times, to see if I had missed something or to try to fully understand what had happened. Better transitions and checking for flow I feel would have alleviated that problem.

There also was a steep learning curve in this first book and most of the time the author did a really good job of keeping us on track and reminding at the right times. Sometimes the decisions the girls made didn’t make complete sense to me or a major goal suddenly shifted and I wasn’t aware of it.

The characters in this book were very enjoyable and the world felt unique and complex. I liked how each girl had a moment in the book to showcase their powers and the lessons learned in the book were often beautiful and poignant.

If you are into fantasy that includes a unique world with ATLA style division of nations, then check out The Spectra Unearthed!

Official Blurb:

Hiding kept exiled princess Keita Sage alive.

Her nature magic wasn’t enough to save her family or her home. She helps those worse off from behind the scenes, until a traitor hunts her down and a prisoner begs for assistance.

Defeating her enemies requires the unity of all six kingdoms, each with its own magical abilities. Finding representatives from some will be easy: Keita’s best friends would cross deserts for her. But to make her world safe again, she’ll have to accept the title she never wanted and the attention that comes with it.

Other Information:

Purchase a copy of The Spectra Unearthed on Amazon.

Follow Christie Valentine Powell on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Goodreads.