Saturday, November 22, 2014

GHBT- Quickbane: Part One by Chelsea Starling- Review + Giveaway


QUICKBANE
The Vale Chronicles #1
By Chelsea Starling
Genre- YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Jesobel Vine wants nothing more than to be a typical Pyxie teenager.

She wants to ride her beloved horse, Firefly, shoot her bow, and fall in love with her dreamy best friend, Glyn. But Jesobel is marked not only as the future Royal Starkeeper of Pyxis, but as the Heart of Azimuth—the one to lead her people back to their lost realm—a burden too dangerous for daydreams. As Jesobel struggles to accept her destiny, reluctantly studying mystic magic, she becomes doubtful she will ever be worthy to rule. And when her fiery temper enrages the daemon-possessed Starkeeper of Equuleus with a hex-gone-wrong—igniting an orphic war—Jesobel must find a way to alter the global disaster foretold by a celestial legend.

 

GHBT- 'Lullaby' by Bridgette O'Hare Cover Reveal


Lullaby
Book of Dreams Series # 1
By-Bridgette O'Hare
Age Group/Genre-  YA  Paranormal Suspense
Expected Publication Date- December 1st, 2014

Halle Michaels is on the brink of insanity.

She’s haunted by dreams. Dreams that find their way into her reality. Nightmares of death…of destruction. Visions that will uncover the truth – about her abilities, her family’s origins, and her part in a prophecy that could change the world.

But when a mysterious book shows up on her doorstep, can those dreams save her from an overwhelming evil? One that has its sights set on Halle.

She wanted normal, but normal is overrated. She was born to be so much more.

Monday, November 17, 2014

GHBT- Of Legacies Series by Victoria Escobar Tour- Review of 'Of Sparta', Excerpt/Spotlight & Giveaway



Of Sparta 
Of Legacies #2
By- Victoria Escobar
Genre- YA Fantasy

She was the strongest of Gaea’s Servants. Miera had been trained from childhood to be Faithful always to the Goddess. She had been taught with Faith they would always be protected. She had never wavered from that course. She hadn’t counted on the consequences of that choice.

As Ariadne’s birthday draws closer darkness closes in on Sparta. Monsters, both Tainted and Pure alike, were vying for pieces of their island. Doubt and fear grew like pestilence. Death was unavoidable.

Sparta sat on the brink, but of what Miera wasn’t certain. There was no record, no precedence for her to consult. There were no living patrons of the Goddess to seek council from. She only had instinct and Faith. If she could not maintain the balance Sparta would fall before Gaea’s return.

How did the lost lead the people out of darkness?

  

Friday, November 14, 2014

GHBT- Diamond Peak Series by Tahlia Newland- Review of Stalking Shadows


Stalking Shadows
Diamond Peak Series #2
By- Tahlia Newland

Ariel hopes that the great library at Sheldra holds the key to rescuing her mother. But in order to get there, she must negotiate a forest of evil spirits, escape a mind-numbing city of sparkling towers, travel through the treacherous gullies of Minion Hills, and avoid an attack by a demon lord intent on killing her.
At the same time, a battle rages between her heart and her mind. A relationship with her travelling companion, the enigmatic Nick, is just too tempting, but can they be together without Ariel losing her focus and falling to the demons? Her life is at stake, but also her heart. She risks encasing it in stone and denying herself the very sustenance she needs.
Will they make it to the safe haven of Sheldra, or will Ariel die at the hands of the yellow-eyed demon?

This book has been awarded the AIA Seal of Excellence in Fiction



Stalking Shadows is the second novel in The Diamond Peak Series by Tahlia Newland. Once again we are swept away on a journey with our heroine Ariel, who is on a mission to save her abducted mother with some unlikely friends and a talking cat. With demons out for her blood, Ariel has to be quick on her feet and fast to act if she plans on saving her mother and coming out the other side alive.

I am very much enjoying reading The Diamond Peak Series. Newland's style is like nothing I've ever seen before and I find it very entertaining to follow along with the story. Ariel is a fun character with a strong personality and her partners are all equally as amazing. The entire series is action-packed and I find myself biting my nails while I flip through trying to find out what happens next.

This is a great YA fantasy read and I would definitely recommend it. I wish I could delve into why, but I don't want to spoil anything for readers who haven't read Lethal Inheritance yet (and yes, you really do have to read that one first).

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Tahlia Newland, author of the multi-award-winning Diamond Peak Series, writes heart-warming and inspiring magical realism and contemporary fantasy. She is also an editor, a reviewer, an occasional high school teacher, and a mask-maker who loves creating digital art and sitting on her veranda staring at the rain forest.

Tahlia has studied with top Australian editors and has a Certificate in Editing and Proofreading. Before writing full time, she had over 20 years’ experience in scripting and performing as a dancer/mine in Visual Theatre and Theatre in Education. She has had extensive training in meditation and Buddhist philosophy and lives in Australia with a husband, a teenage daughter, and a cheeky Burmese cat called George. 


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