A fatal car crash. The sole survivor. And the dark hooded stranger that wants her dead.
When a terrible accident—not accident—stole my parents’ lives, my whole perfect life changed. My memories are hazy, and there are scars on my wrists. I’ve been locked away for my own protection…until I prove my sanity, until I lie. There was no hooded figure on the road that day, no one standing over me as I lay paralyzed watching my parents burn.
I am Cassidy Lockheart…20-year-old orphan.
Determined to free my caged mind, I find myself far away on an unexpected trip to help return my forgotten past. The snow was part of my life before, but now it’s like a blank slate, until an avalanche changes everything. But I’m not alone. These other ‘lucky’ trip winners may not be the strangers they pretend to be. And my hooded attacker…I see him everywhere.
Is this real? Or delusion caused by head trauma?
Either way, I’m being watched. I can sense it. I can feel it. Someone is after me; maybe they’re after us all. The avalanche was no accident. It was staged to deliver us to this abandoned place. A place where the walls whisper dark secrets of a sinister past… a past no one can escape. Trapped, this snow won’t let up…it won’t let us leave. My lost memories hold clues, but they’re buried so deep, polluted and twisted in my every waking nightmare. What is real? I don’t have the answers. But I need them. Time is ticking and if I don’t figure this all out soon it will be too late.
The past is coming for us all…and it wants blood.
Warning – This book contains some graphic scenes that are only for an adult audience.
First off, this is not a book for teens at all. There are scenes depicted in this book that is graphic and can be terrifying for some readers. Bearing this in mind, the book was really worth the read. I was kept glued to my seat, wondering what will happen next.
Now, you need to ensure you keep up because there isn’t a single dull moment while reading this one. If you like books that test your ability to follow, then this is a definite must read. This can be seen as a murder mystery – you’ll be taking the journey through both the main victim and the murderer’s eyes. I couldn’t, at first, figure out who the murderer was at all. But it will become clear after a bit of investigating.
The writing was intense and strong. The more graphic scenes were well thought out and the author doesn’t dwell too long on these scenes, making them easier to read and digest.
The character growth, don’t know how to say it, was incredible. Not knowing for a large chunk of the book, who the ‘villain’ is – makes this all the more fun to read.
Book: The Treachery of Beautiful Things Author: Ruth Frances Long Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal Fantasy
A darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale, and suspense from a new voice in teen fiction.
The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she’s lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack’s help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she’s faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice–and not just her own.
Oh my goodness… This book surprised me to no end. I got lost, rooted for the protagonist and her quest.
What made this so good was that the protagonist was not perfect, and got herself into so much trouble. It was insane… The story itself was well written and had so many layers, that you got knocked on your butt around every bend. The mythology woven into this plot was well thought out – and I love mythologies in stories.
There is some romance, but it is not an ‘insta-love’ thing at all. This happened slowly over the span of the book and was just so much more realistic.
If you love fairies and myths and all things odd and different, then I’d suggest you find and read this story asap. Ruth’s writing style is incredible and will keep you on the edge of your seat through the whole book.
Book: Song Walker Series: Starseed One Author: Ellis Logan Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal Fantasy
Will you fight to free your mind? There’s a new world coming. One where your thoughts aren’t always your own. Callie Winters is just a regular party girl playing drums in a band, until a lunar eclipse awakens strange abilities in her and an ancient secret organization seeks her out. Who can she trust, in this dangerous new world? A war is brewing and no one will be safe. But maybe, the power of song can light the way to freedom.
Best-selling author Ellis Logan delves deep into the world of urban fantasy with her new psyops series, Starseeds.
Let me just start out by saying that, as soon as I can, I will be purchasing the next book in this series. I believe there is still so much to learn from this world, and that I will be surprised by more incredible plot-lines and character growth. And I cannot wait for it… at all!
Now the reason this is not a 5-star review, right?
It would have been, but there is this one part where so many characters were introduced one after the other, that it took me some real brain power to keep up with it all. Information was thrown at me so fast – headache fast. But when you get that all together, and you keep up as much as possible, the roller coaster ride is insanely good, fast-paced and wonderful.
I love the characters. They are flawed, they make mistakes and they grow. And you want them to grow.
The romance in this one is great, you root for it, wish for it, and believe in it. It doesn’t just happen. You even yell that it should have happened already, at one point or another…
This plot, this story is what will keep you coming back for more, and the writing style was superb.
Thank you, Ellis, for giving me the opportunity to immerse myself into your world, and I cannot wait to get to the next book…
Book: The Fallen Star Author: Jessica Sorensen Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal Fantasy
For eighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she’s around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at school, she can feel electricity that makes her skin buzz. Not to mention the monsters that haunt her nightmares have crossed over into real-life. But with Alex seeming to hate her and secrets popping up everywhere, Gemma’s life is turning into a chaotic mess. Things that shouldn’t be real suddenly seem to exist. And as her world falls apart, figuring out the secrets of her past becomes a matter of life and death.
The Fallen Star, how to explain this one… First off, I really like Jessica Sorensen’s writing and this story intrigued me after reading the first chapter. But some parts seemed to drag on way longer than necessary, and it took more time than I care to admit to finish this book. That could be because I’m in a huge reading slump – not the book’s fault.
Now, the plot was great, I cannot find any fault there. This was somewhat different to what is currently popular on the market. I was also surprised by how much was included into this plot, without seeming as too much or getting lost in the story. This added to the interest of what could happen next.
I loved Alex – the male lead character. Gemma, as the main protagonist, was sometimes too repetitive and this could contribute to the slow read, but I still think that there is a lot of growth opportunity there for her. The other smaller characters has definite stories to tell, and I’m hoping that these will be featured in the next installment.
The cover is stunning and what first drew me to pick up this book in the first place. Sometimes I think that the best stories are never read, because the cover did not entice readers into picking it up.
Overall, I’d say this is an easy read for when you don’t know what to read next, but still crave something with a great plot.
I’m so sorry for being AWOL for so long. Things have just been such an adjustment for me and took way longer than I had hoped. But I’m back, and will be posting again every second week. As soon as I back into things completely, I’ll look into posting weekly again.
Update, started a planner printables Etsy store, and all new releases are shown on my additional blog – CG Printables. While this is the main focus now, I want to get back into regular reading and reviewing, since I truly miss it. And I have also missed interacting with all of you.
Also, if you want to check the printables out, follow this link to the blog – there is a few unclaimed freebies to find….
Here are a few books releasing this week, that I wanted you to know about…
In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”). Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, and – despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation – they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do.
Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice. And when it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser, Citra and Rowan are pitted against one another in a fight for their lives.
My career is finally looking up and I’m leading a new pro team down the field every Sunday. No way will I mess with that. But when I meet the most stunning and captivating woman I’ve ever seen, I tell myself one night will have to be enough.
But it’s not. And now I can’t get her out of my mind. Even when I’m playing. Even when I need to focus. Even when I’m on the hottest streak of my life. And it turns out, she’s not just som random woman. She works for the team. My team.
I only have one goal this season – do my part as the team’s lawyer to keep them out of trouble. Help rebuild their reputation on and off the field. There’s no room for error and certainly no room for a secret tryst with a player… even if he’s the quarterback.
“They think I am still a little girl who is not capable of being a Queen.”
Lord Melbourne turned to look at Victoria. “They are mistaken. I have not known you long, but I observe in you a natural dignity that cannot be learnt. To me, ma’am, you are every inch a Queen.”
In 1837, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria – sheltered, small in stature, and female – became Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Many thought it was preposterous: Alexandrina – Drina to her family – had always been tightly controlled by her mother and her household, and was surely too unprepossessing to hold the throne. Yet from the moment William IV died, the young Queen startled everyone: abandoning her hated first name in favor of Victoria; insisting, for the first time in her life, on sleeping in a room apart from her mother; resolute about meeting with her ministers alone.
One of those ministers, Lord Melbourne, became Victoria’s private secretary. Perhaps he might have become more than that, except everyone argued she was destined to marry her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. But Victoria had met Albert as a child and found him stiff and critical: surely the last man she would want for a husband…
Drawing on Victoria’s diaries as well as her own brilliant gifts for history and drama, Daisy Goodwin, author of the bestselling novels The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter as well as creator and writer of the new PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria, brings the young queen even more richly to life in this magnificent novel.