A Paranormal YA with mysteries to uncover. Our female protagonist is Emily, she lives with her mother and older sister (a.k.a the Ice Queen). Emily is a sophomore in high school and has a difficult time adjusting. Her one friend, Roz is her saving grace. Roz and her father are more constant and helpful in Emily’s life then her own family.
After a traumatic experiences Emily’s life begins to change even more. With the help of the new High School nurse and Roz, she is able to channel her new abilities for a positive outcome. There is also, a new boy at school, Tommy. He comes from the other side of the tracks and is treated as such in school, but Tommy and Emily are drawn to one another. They can each physically feel a differences when around one another.
Tommy is such a good guy. He is positive and protective. He is kind of Emily and Roz. He stands up for them and tries with all his might to be their protector. The author allowed for diversity in the book with her descriptions of Roz, Roz’s dad, and Tommy. We are able to have a more diverse group of high schoolers.
Side notes, I think Roz and Demetri (Tommy’s older brother, should have a fling). His silly and brute type of personality and her soft and reserved nature would balance out the other one.
Roz, Emily, and Tommy, find out they each have special abilities. Between the three of them, you can almost think of them as ‘the charmed ones.’
There were some reservations I had about the book. We were able to have a resolution with Scott and the Doctor, but what about Emily’s sister. It feels like she was a large part of the story and then she just disappeared. For someone that was such a large negative influence on our main characters, they really all the sudden stopped having situations with her.
I believe though in the next book, which I am assuming there will be, because we are left on a little cliff hanger (nothing to freak about over) that "The Ice Queen" will return with her vengeance.
I give it 3.5 hearts
Not bad Paranormal
Great beauty hides dark secrets...
Seventeen-year-old Anastasia Lockhart has never led an easy life, but when she starts getting into serious trouble, she’s sent to live with her grandparents in Cedar Falls. The small, picturesque town hasn’t changed since she visited four years ago, with one exception – the presence of a handsome, mysterious boy named Frost. Despite warnings from her grandparents and friends to stay away from Frost, Anastasia can’t deny their attraction, and the more time they spend together, the deeper in love they fall. Unfortunately, Frost has a secret that is beyond Anastasia’s wildest imagination, and she soon finds herself in the midst of a supernatural legend that has haunted Cedar Falls for years.
Can Anastasia and Frost’s love really overcome anything, or are their fates much darker?
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I stepped out, splashing my way toward that winding, battered road through the woods. Right away, a gentle peace slipped over me. All of my worries dissipated and not thinking kicked in on autopilot. I smiled wide and relished the showers that soaked me to the core.
It didn’t take long for the last quarter of the students to clear out.
The student lot was empty before I even lost sight of the school, and all the other walkers had trudged off in the opposite direction of where I was headed. Aunt Marge, and apparently the Landstons, lived in the West Woods, but the other ninety-nine percent of the population lived east, in town.
I hadn’t gotten more than a couple hundred yards from the school, though, when a rogue vehicle approached. I could hear the tires as they kicked up mist from the swampy road, and they were decelerating. A truck, I determined as I glanced discreetly behind. Adrenaline surged instinctually as panic flowed into my system.
It pulled up right beside me, midnight black and menacing, keeping my pace. When the passenger side window rolled down, my fight or flight instincts were a millisecond from kicking in.
But then he spoke. “You look like you need a ride.” All the fear flitted away, carried on the backs of a hundred tiny moths. His voice was like a haven for my weatherworn soul. I smiled on the inside as I glanced at him.
“Why ever would you think such a thing?”
He grinned and his emerald eyes sparkled. “Lucky guess?”
I clicked my tongue behind a smirk and stopped walking. The truck stopped, too. When I faced him fully, hands resting playfully on my hips, the smile dropped right off his face. Confused, I searched myself and my surroundings, but found nothing.
“You’re bleeding…” He threw the truck into park right in the middle of the road and rushed over to me. “Did this happen during the quake?” I realized the rain must’ve undammed the scab on my lip. Damn.
Cade’s fingers brushed my face softly as he searched for more damage. The feeling of his skin on my skin was more wonderful than I could’ve hoped. A kaleidoscope of delight burst through my veins and rained down in blissful anticipation. I shivered and turned away, but he followed my eyes. “Valerie! Did. This. Happen. During the quake?” The anger and apprehension in his voice were barely covered by a thin cloak of control, hardly noticeable through my lacy veil of elation. He gently trailed a thumb along my bruised cheekbone and slowly tucked a few flyaway strands of hair behind my ear.
I felt like we were standing at a ledge, teetering on the blustery edge of indecision, faltering in the face of the biggest ultimatum life had ever thrown at us. “Jump, or don’t jump,” life would snarkily say. “Either way, you might regret your choice, but you’ll never walk the path you didn’t take.” Because life was caustic and cryptic like that, I was certain.
I didn’t want to back away, to not jump, but I wasn’t ready to take the leap either. What I really wanted was to crawl over to the ledge and slowly ease down, feet first, preferably with a rope secured to my waist and a clear view of the hopefully shallow bottom.
I immediately thought of my parents, how they’d met and married within the span of a few short months. How in love they’d stayed until the day she died, and beyond. They were clearly unafraid of heights, and risks.
“No,” I said quietly. “It didn’t happen during the quake.”
“Oh thank god,” he whispered breathlessly as he dropped his hands from my face.
Confusion jerked my features into an immediate frown. “What were you hoping it was from?”
His hands curled through his now-sopping blond hair and he turned away, exhaling loudly. “I don’t know, Valerie. I was just…so afraid. So afraid that you had been hurt during…all of that.” He slowly disentangled his hands from his hair and stared at them, terrified. “I would have never forgiven myself.”
Elle Middaugh is a newly published author, born in the sticks outside of Clearfield, Pennsylvania. After moving around the east coast a number of times, she now lives in her hometown with her husband and three children.
Reading has been a favorite past time since Elementary School and choose-your-own-adventure books. Writing has been her dream since Middle School when she first began penning her own material. Being published is the most awesome achievement in her writing career so far, but she hopes for more exciting landmarks and stepping stones in the future!
She’s a proud Navy wife; a frazzle-brained mother; a homebody who dislikes cleaning; a fan of tennis, and fitness in general; a lover of hot tea, mountain dew, and all things fiction; and she’s a bigger My Little Pony fan than her children.
I was an ordinary girl, living an ordinary life, until I sold my soul to save my mother. Now, I am forced to choose between my heart and my conscience.
Either way, someone I love will die.
“The magic of our people is dying,” She says. “When the demons came from the sky and slaughtered the High Fae, the Spirits left us.”
“There are five and they go by many names. We call them Riku, Wadu, Tauren, Zyra, and Yami. Riku is fire, passion, and the shaping of truth. Wadu is water, peace, and healing. Tauren is earth, strength, and life. Zyra is wind, knowledge, and wisdom. And Yami…Yami is all of them, and non of them. Yami is Life. Death. Balance. Hope. He has more names than the others. One you have heard…the Midnight Star.”
When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.
Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.
You think it's safe to walk alone at night. It's not.
You think the only threat is other humans. It's not.
Monsters are real. Demons are real. Vampires are real.
And I'm about to become one of them.
My name is Arianna Spero. I was an ordinary girl, living an ordinary life, until my mother lapsed into a coma. Now, I am her only hope. She made a deal with the devil, and on my 18th birthday he came to collect. But there's a way to save her. There's something the princes of hell want more than my mother.
So I signed my soul away and promised to pick a prince to marry. I would take the blood oath, become one of them, and give them an heir. I would become a princess of hell, and my mother would live.
I expected fire and brimstone. I expected pain and misery. I didn't expect beauty. I didn't expect magic.
I didn't expect love.
But the princes are keeping secrets from me.
Secrets that could shatter everything.
So the question you are all asking.
SHOULD YOU READ THIS BOOK!?
Please do, and come back and tell me what you think.
I mean we are going to have to start speculating on the second book and what may or may not happen! I can’t wait.
All I can see are flashes, colors and shapes...
It’s difficult to tell what’s happening. I'm in a haze. I can feel my body being pushed around like a limp rag doll.
Suddenly I'm lying on something cold and hard. My arms and legs are strapped down, then my head.
The clean prick of a hypodermic needle at the top of my spine.
Icy liquid rushing through my veins.
My back jerking off the table out of my control.
The cold pain escalates, becoming unbearable. My head feels like its being torn apart from the inside out. I strain against the straps holding me down. My bones feel like they are breaking into a million tiny pieces and then reforming again, my skin stings and itches. I pull against my restraints again, but I can't break free.
The shapes and colors around me suddenly become frighteningly clear. My mother stands beside me, uncaring as she watches my pain, my father right beside her, his face as blank as hers.
The agony surges until my entire body is affected. The icy liquid, making my veins ache. My back arches off the table again, snapping the restraints tight. I cry out, but no one helps me.
“What have you done to me?” I shout hoarsely before the darkness consumes me and I slip into peaceful unconsciousness.
When I wake I feel different. My body doesn’t feel like my own. My senses are dramatically enhanced and I feel strength surge through my muscles. I pull hard against my restraints and they break. I look down at myself and nearly scream.
What have they done?
I leap onto the first person I see, my jaws sinking into his throat. His terrified face screams soundlessly up at me. I don’t care. I rip my fangs from his throat and he drops to the ground, dead.
I swing around looking for a new victim. Something solid hits me hard on the back of the head—I go down, hitting the tiles with a thump.
The darkness consumes me once again.
When I come to again, I’m lying in a damp puddle on the floor. I feel a little dazed.
What happened? Was it all a dream?
I slowly lift myself off the wet tiles and glance down. My body is back to normal, at least. The color of the floor catches my eye. Red, blood red. Someone is screaming. I look around. My father is lying motionless on the floor, covered in blood. My mother is kneeling over him, tears falling down her face as she stares at me, horrified.
But they did this to me…"
Dannielle Wicks is the author of the Hardest Mistakes series (Broken Sunrise, Book 3, coming soon) and the Reaper Mini-Series.
Dannielle lives in Kingaroy, Australia, with her fiance, 3 dogs and a bird named Torak. Since deciding never to become an adult, she has engrossed herself in the amazing world of young adult fiction and an unusual amount of TV. She adores Disney movies and cant get enough of classic fairy tales. When she's not busy writing, she can be found sneaking a chocolate from the fridge.
Beyond the door, rain pelted down from a black, roiling sky. The silver sheets and the darkness were hard to see though, even with night vision. But he dove out into the driving, mad storm.
The rain beat down on him, every drop icy cold, and the wind cut through his clothes to make him shiver. He curled Tilly closer against his body, trying to keep her as warm and dry as possible. Dominic and Desmond ran alongside him, and they skirted around the corner of the house into the long stretch of garden at the back where they’d left the pack destroying demon guards.
The garden was littered with broken, and bloody human corpses, abandoned by their demon masters. The pack was huddled in the trees, some in human form, some still wolves. There were whines and groans, and the stink of wet fur, blood and sulphur hung in the stiller air under the trees. Spencer didn’t stop to check on his pack mates as his eyes scanned the carnage for one person in particular and feeling Tilly’s life slip away with every passing second."
There is a creature haunting the swimming pools of affluent Beverly Hills. So far the creature’s kills have been confined to small animals, but now he has his sites set on the beautiful girl next door, and unless Josh Butters and his friends Alan and Conner can figure out how to stop him, Alexia Dupree and other gorgeous girls of Beverly Hills are going to wind up dead.
The summer of Josh Butters’ sixteenth birthday will be very different from all the summers that have come before.
That summer Josh will meet his one true love.
That summer there will be an amazing and romantic adventure
That summer one of them is going die.
Josh never saw any of it coming.
From the author of #1 Teen Horror novel Boyfriend From Hell and The Falling Angels Saga comes a new paranormal series that asks the question “Do you believe in soulmates?”
There was no decision to dive into the pool.
I did it without thinking. One moment I was standing on the edge of the gym floor, peering into the murky waters, and then, I was in.
I kicked down toward the commotion in the deep. The water was cold, even for a hot summer’s night, and I felt a shiver ripple my belly.
The weight of my water logged clothing dragged against the buoyancy of the water, preventing me from going down. I kicked harder, pointed my head like a projectile, and I finally got moving.
I didn’t see the creature, but I could feel pressure from the churn of struggle beneath me, and after a while I saw the eyes, just as I’d seen them skulking in the drain of Alan’s backyard pool. They were emerald green, and they were angry.
I swam toward the angry eyes, and my struggling friend came into view. I arrived, and latched onto the claw that was clinging to his side. The claw was hard like a conch shell. I wrapped both my hands around the pincer, and yanked on it with all my might, expelling a tiny bit of air as I did. After several moments of struggle, the claw reluctantly released, and I was able to pull Alan free.
I corralled him in my arms, spun him around and pushed him up toward the surface. He began rising slowly like a figure in an underwater dream sequence. He wasn’t swimming. There were no arm movements, no leg kicks. Still, he was rising, a foot or so every few moments, getting closer to the surface.
Swim, I thought. Swim, dammit!
Something latched onto my ankle from below.
I peered down and could see the creature in all his hideousness, pulling me into the depths of the pool. I tried to kick, but all that got me was searing pain in my right ankle. Fresh blood appeared in the water.
Mine, no doubt.
The creature continued pulling me down, trying to drown me. The pressure of the water pressed against my chest. I needed to get free. I needed to get to the surface.I needed to breathe."
E. Van Lowe is an author, television writer/producer who has worked on such TV shows as "The Cosby Show," "Even Stevens," and "Homeboys In Outer Space." He has been nominated for both an Emmy and an Academy Award. His first YA Paranormal novel, "Never Slow Dance With A Zombie," was a selection of The Scholastic Book Club, and a nominee for an American Library Association Award. “Boyfriend From Hell,” “Earth Angel,” “Heaven Sent,” and “Falling” are the four books of the Falling Angels Saga.
E lives in Beverly Hills California with his spouse, a werewolf, several zombies and a fairy godmother who grants him wishes from time-to-time.
My life was perfect.
I had the perfect shoes and the perfect friends and I lived in the perfect house. My nails were perfect and my hair was perfect (except on Sundays, it was always windy on Sundays) and I had the perfect clothes. My lips were a perfect red and my hair perfectly straight. My eyeshadow was perfect, my hips were...okay, and my waist...well...also okay. Nothing was wrong in my life.
But then there was Jack.
Jack was a problem.
He needed to go. I mean, when you’re dead, you’re dead! I had told him this endlessly. Somehow, Jack didn’t get it. I mean, I felt sorry for the guy. Sure. Being stuck between this life and the next. But just because I found him, does that mean I needed to keep him?
I think not!
Sadly, when Jack got that look in his eyes, that weary, almost teary (if his tear-ducts worked) look, I melted. I just couldn’t send him away. Not even Jack knew where he would go after he died.
Would he, like, die? As in — dead, nada, kaput, finito, gone, no more? Bye bye, sayonara, ciao, hasta la vista baby and all that?
I couldn’t have that on my conscience. No way.
I lay on my bed, wondering what to do about him. “Jaaaaaaack,” I hollered.
Still no answer.
His eyes rolled down to the ground. He was making those puppy eyes again. “Jack, I told you not to do that. I told you not to play on my sympathies.”
His puppy eyes became worse.
His skin was gray and, well, dead.
“Oh, brother,” I said. “I have to do something about you. If mom finds out I have another ‘imaginary friend’ — at my age — well, I’d die of embarrassment. But, like, really die. Not like you.” I wondered about this. Would I die? Was Jack a freak accident, or did all people live on like him? Think of the cemeteries...
The idea excited me somewhat.
“What would you have me do, Miss Kira?”
“Knock off the Miss Kira crap. I told you it’s just Kira.”
“Yes, Miss Kira.”
The dead. There’s just no reasoning.
“Fine, Miss Kira it is then.” Rover barked like a lunatic in the garden. No one else might be able to see Jack, but I was sure my dog could.
“I have to do something about this,” I mumbled.
S.L. Bynum fell in love with writing at the age of twelve, when she wrote a rendition of The Three Little Pigs for her little brother’s homework assignment. Her grim reaper character, Xia, from the Grimly Ever After series, is based off her own experience with romance in her teen years. S. L. Bynum is twenty-six now and besides books, she loves desserts, fashion, dancing (when she’s alone), warm weather, and playing video games. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with her family.
All seventeen-year-old Sophia wants is to coast through her junior year. But with her parents obsessed with her Olympic-swimming-hopeful brother, a psychic best friend with a penchant for reading tarot cards, and prophetic dreams that predict her death—that won’t be easy. As her nightmares begin to come true, Sophia finds herself dodging death and longing for the time when getting over her ex-boyfriend was her biggest problem. Until she meets Leo Knight. The mysterious stranger seems determined to keep her alive—and steal her heart. But Leo has a secret that is about to change everything and Sophia is about to learn that sometimes…your number is up.
When sixteen-year-old Riley is injured in a car crash and sees a girl stealing a boy’s soul, she’s convinced she’s hallucinating. But when she sees the same girl at the hospital later, she knows she wasn’t dreaming. That’s when Riley learns her secret heritage and who she really is: a halfling Angel of Death.
Riley must come to terms with her new reality and supernatural abilities, but before she can do this, girls her age start dying in mysterious circumstances. It’s up to Riley to figure out why, what the innocent victims have in common, and what she can do to stop them.
Read the first one before the book 2 comes out ----------------->
Jacque Pierce was just an ordinary 17-year-old girl getting ready to start her senior year in high school in Coldspring, Texas. When a mysterious foreign exchange student from Romania moves in across the street, Jacque and her two best friends, Sally and Jen, don't realize the last two weeks of their summer are going to get a lot more interesting.
From the moment Jacque sets eyes on Fane she feels an instant connection, a pull like a moth to a flame. Little does she know that the flame she is drawn to is actually a Canis lupis, werewolf, and she just happens to be his mate; the other half of his soul. The problem is Fane is not the only wolf in Coldspring, Texas.
Just as Fane and Jacque are getting to know each other, another wolf steps out to try and claim Jacque as his mate. Fane will now have to fight for the right to complete the mating bond, something that is his right by birth but is being denied him by a crazed Alpha. Will the love Fane has for Jacque be enough to give him the strength to defeat his enemy, will Jacque accept that she is Fane's mate and complete the bond between them?
I love that everyone in Kate's life is really someone from the Greek gods. It is interesting that you don't find that out till near the end.
The mystery of who is killing off every girl that has come through to take the test keeps you turning the pages. I had no idea till we discovered who it was. I will give you all a hint: The killer is someone among them, but who is it?
The test: We come to find out that the test is based off the 7 Deadly Sins. If you are not familiar with that, pick up Dante's Inferno and that should help.
The sin deadly sins...
Active sex, but nothing graphic. Fighting & blood.
Our Villain. He is determined to have Sophia all to himself. He wants her and he is angry that his younger brother, Derek gets to have her. He uses everyone. Claudia, other slaves, his sister and any other individual he can get something from. Lucas's is a taker and you know what they say about takers... "Giver's get burned out before takers do." I think Lucas has burned-out many of those around him, and that is why he can’t find any places for sanctuary. Only ones willing to take him are the enemy clan. I am not sure what this will have in store for us further we go into the series, but it will be interesting.
This guy has multiple personalities. The whole time Sophia is gone he turns into the biggest A-hole. I get it, "The Darkness is coming," and that darkness is him.
(It reminds me of the TV show Reign)
Let's talk about how he ends up going crazy. I feel bad for the guy. He truly loved Sophia (yet he didn't realize it right away) but his care for her went deep. I really loved their reunion. He still had to overcome his darkness and let her back into his life. We have a massive Beauty and the Beast concept going on here. She is his light.
The Seer of the Shade. Sister of Lucas, and twin of Derek. I think it was admirable of her to leave the shade to find Sophia to plead with her to return. When we hear what Vivienne has to say to Sophia and then the cool transfer of memories, I thought that was a good add on, on the author’s part. Vivienne knew she was going to get captured, but she went anyway. She knew the consequences of Sophia not returning were more drastic then her being captured.
Vivienne grew on me and I am excited to see what happens between her and the Hunters.
Fantasy Violence. Physical Abuse, Rape, sexual content Not graphic. Loss of Virginity.
On the evening of Sofia Claremont's seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.
A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.
She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.
Sofia's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.
Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.
Will she succeed? ...or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?
Okay, nerd moment. I love the name Derek for a character cause I think of the movie "The Swan Princess" because the prince's name was Derek.
I really liked the story. I caught my attention by the second chapter. I give every book about 50 pages before I put it down and say "not for me"; but, I was pleasantly surprised. I did think Sophia was being a little stupid, but that is what you get for a 17 year old whose mother that is crazy, and an absentee father.
Derek, "Swoon Alert." He is actually super sweet. I mean, he stands up for Sophia, he treats her kind - after he gets spoken to by the witch - and he lets her go. Yes we have a Beauty and the Beast moment here. I mean how many times do we have the tormented, overbearing, hard-head Alpha let the women he is in love, just walk away from him. Hmmm, that all seems too familiar, like from our favorite Disney Princess. The true version, is a little creeper and darker, but I digress.
I was torn up, I wanted Sophia to stay with Derek, but at the same time I wanted him to let her go. It would mean that much more if she decides comes back to him on her own terms. We will have to wait and see.
Five personalities you could be. Five factions you choose between. One Choice that will make or break the rest of your life.
Beatrice Prior lives in a selfless committee. It is all she knows, even though she doesn't truly fit in. She dreams of living another way. a bravery courages way. The test will tell her if she should stay or she should go. After taking the test that would determine what her personality would best fit in: Selflessness, Honesty, Kindness, Bravery, or Intelligence. The test doesn't give her one answer it gives her three. What does she do now.
People like her that do not fit into one catagorey are being hunted down and killed. Where does she hide and who can she trust.
This Dystopian Novel is an action pack and adventures journey of one girl in search of who she truely is and where she belongs.
Divergent the Movie
The Movie Divergent actually wasn't bad. They casted really well, expect for the girl who plays Christina. She is WAY to short for the role. Christinia is suppose to be taller then Tris, but Shaleyn Woodly is a tall girl, so she almost towers over others. I wish they could have fixed that in the film more.
Also my other beef with the film is that Tris says "I love you" to Four at the end, which is NOT SUPPOSE TO HAPPEN! That is something she is suppose to struggle with and not say till the next book. Whatever.
Traci's Top TEN
by Veronica Roth
2. The One
by Kiera Cass
3. Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
4. The Goddess Test
by Aimee Carter
by Josephine Angelini
6. Prince of Wolves
by Quinn Loftis
by Shelly Crane
8. Born at Midnight
by C.C. Hunter
9. A Shade of a Vampire by Bella Forrest
by Stephanie Myers
Always Kiss Me Goodnight
A Shade Of Blood # 2 By Bella Forrest
A Shade Of Vampire By Bella Forrest
A Shade Of Vampire Series
By Kat Stiles
Grey Wolves Series By Quinn Loftis
New Dawn Series
Once Upon A Curse Series
Shape Shift Wolves
The Goddess Test By Aimee Carter
The Selection Series
Thirst By RP Channing
Vampire Girl Series
Winter Wolf By Rachel M Raithby
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