Scion of the Fox (The Realms of Ancient) by S.M. Beiko * RELEASE DAY*

Scion of the Fox (The Realms of Ancient, #1)

As the winter ice begins to thaw, the fury of a demon builds — all because one girl couldn’t stay dead . . .

Roan Harken considers herself a typical high school student — dead parents, an infected eyeball, and living in the house of her estranged, currently comatose grandmother (well, maybe not so typical) — but she’s uncovering the depth of the secrets her family left behind. Saved from the grasp of Death itself by a powerful fox spirit named Sil, Roan must harness mysterious ancient power . . . and quickly. A snake-monster called Zabor lies in wait in the bed of the frozen Assiniboine River, hungry for the sacrifice of spirit-blood in exchange for keeping the flood waters at bay. Thrust onto an ancient battlefield, Roan soon realizes that to maintain the balance of the world, she will have to sacrifice more than her life in order to take her place as Scion of the Fox.

American Gods meets Princess Mononoke in this powerful first installment of a trilogy sure to capture readers’ imaginations everywhere.

Roan is one of the most relatable characters I’ve seen in the YA world.

The author has built an entire world that we humans can’t see, but is full of magic,symbolism, and ancient powers and struggles. And Roan has a big role to play in this parallel world.

The characters developed very well during the story and I was glad to see this teenaged girl without some romance involved, fighting her own battles.

I think this is what good YA Fiction/Fantasy is all about!

Well Done!

Netgalley/ECWPress  Release is October 17, 2017

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Odd & True by Cat Winters

Odd & True

Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.

I know you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover but I did exactly that with this book. The cover is powerful!

The voices of Trudchen and her sister Odette tell this story, each from their own points of view and in progression as they go from children hiding under the covers from monsters int the night, to young ladies actively searching the monsters.

From birth they’ve been told they were Protectors, finding and killing monsters. Little by little they come to see how much of what they believed wasn’t true at all.

But when the time comes to face a real monster they find they just may have a bit of magic after all.

This is a YA book and I have never read Cat Winters before although I have heard of her books. I enjoyed reading about these exceptional girls coming of age and finding themselves.

Well Done Ms. Winters!    Netgalley/Amulet Books  Release Date is September 12th!

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (YA) Congratulations Linsey!!!

Mask of Shadows (Untitled, #1)

When Sal Leon steals a poster announcing open auditions for the Left Hand, a powerful collection of the Queen’s personal assassins named for the rings she wears — Ruby, Emerald, Amethyst, and Opal — their world changes. They know it’s a chance for a new life.

Except the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. But Sal must survive to put their real reason for auditioning into play: revenge.

Sal is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.

This was an interesting cast of characters. YA is not my normal genre, but the cover looked interesting. I see the reviews are all over the map on this one, with some people getting a bit snitty.

Personally I enjoyed the characters and the ingenious ways they thought up to eliminate each other from the competition. I am guessing there will be a second book out continuing on with Sal’s adventures. And I’m very interested to see where this author takes us!

Thanks Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire!

FEEL ME FALL by James Morris

Feel Me Fall by [Morris, James]

Emily Duran is the sole survivor of a plane crash that left her and her teenage friends stranded and alone in the jungles of the Amazon. Lost and losing hope, they struggle against the elements, and each other. With their familiar pecking order no longer in place, a new order emerges, filled with power struggles, betrayals, secrets and lies. Emily must explain why she’s the last left alive.

But can she carry the burden of the past?

Discover the gripping new adventure novel that explores who we are when no one is watching, and how far we’ll go in order to survive.   

Emily Duran is on a class trip when the plane crashes in the Amazon. She, along with 5 of her classmates survive and wash up on shore in the jungle.

The story alternates between what brought them to this place and the feelings they have for one another before the crash, along with what happens after the crash as well as what happens after she is rescued.

As the seriousness of the situation hits them, they all react differently. Some the same as they had before, with the same popular kids and the picked on kids. With no food or water they push forward but it seems each has their own agenda.

The fight for survival begins quickly with leaders emerging and the weak standing out.

At first I wasn’t sure of the three timelines but in the end it was the only way you had a clear understanding of what drove the characters to behave the way they did.

A rollercoaster of emotions with this read! All in all this was a really good read!

 

COMING MAY 2! THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS BY EMILY BARR

The One Memory of Flora Banks

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life. 

With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.

In my efforts to read more YA I saw this book and the blurb sounded intriguing. And it is. You most definitely don’t have to be a YA to enjoy this. Any and all lovers of good stories will find it spellbinding!

I almost hate to say anything about the story other than the blurb. So let me say I loved this story! I loved Flora Banks. She can remember everything that happened before she was 10, but she is unable to retain any new memories for longer than a few hours.

Until one day something happens and that one memory sticks. Clinging to the hope that this could be a miracle that only this one boy in this one memory can solve, she resolves to track him down. In the Arctic. Alone.

That mix of bravery and sheer determination makes her one of the most interesting characters I’ve come across. I read this straight through in one sitting. I couldn’t stop any more than Flora could!

Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Group for this beautiful story!  Release Date set for May 2 OR THIS TUESDAY!

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr (YA)

The One Memory of Flora Banks

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life. 
With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.

In my efforts to read more YA I saw this book and the blurb sounded intriguing. And it is. You most definitely don’t have to be a YA to enjoy this. Any and all lovers of good stories will find it spellbinding!

I almost hate to say anything about the story other than the blurb. So let me say I loved this story! I loved Flora Banks. She can remember everything that happened before she was 10, but she is unable to retain any new memories for longer than a few hours.

Until one day something happens and that one memory sticks. Clinging to the hope that this could be a miracle that only this one boy in this one memory can solve, she resolves to track him down. In the Arctic. Alone.

That mix of bravery and sheer determination makes her one of the most interesting characters I’ve come across. I read this straight through in one sitting. I couldn’t stop any more than Flora could!

Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Group for this beautiful story!  Release Date set for May of 2017

Accidental Cinderella by Emily Evans

Accidental Cinderella (Accidental, #6)

Accidental Cinderella by Emily Evans

First can we just talk about what a lovely cover this book has! And the inside is as lovely as the outside!

Ella Marie Aschen has no idea how she received a scholarship to the elite boarding school in Massachusets.
Ella as been through a lot in her short time on earth. Her mother has died, leaving her with a step-father who remarries giving her a step-mother also. Ella doesn’t know anything about her father.

When an invitation/scholarship arrive at her door along with a trunk of uniforms, she is more than curious, but also more than ready to be gone!
Ella’s goal is to just stay under the radar. Don’t do poorly and don’t do outstanding. Just middle of the road, not attracting attention. She knows she doesn’t belong at this school, with these privileged students and she would just like to fade into the background.
That however is not meant to be. She isn’t the only one hiding things, keeping secrets.
And the biggest secret of all will send her head spinning.

Ella is a great character and I can see young adults loving this author and this story.
I don’t usually read YA fiction, but someone asked me to read this and I did. And I am really glad I did!
I would feel very comfortable recommending this book.

Emily Evans writes fun, young adult romance. She holds a BA in Psychology from Texas A&M University and an MFA in Creative Writing from American College Dublin. A native Houstonian, she loves travel, movies, and books and may be found at http://www.EmilyEvansBooks.com