Book Giveaway: Never Knew Another

On behalf of Night Shade Books, I have a copy of Never Knew Another by JM McDermott for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to everyone. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends February 4. I’ll draw names on February 5, and notify winner via email.

Good luck!

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Book Review: Fallen Angel

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Fallen Angel, by Heather Terrell

Ellie has been having strange dreams of flying. But they seem real. When Ellie returns to school after summer break, she meets Michael, handsome and charming – who seems to be drawn to her. But the two share more than just a physical attraction. They share similar abilities. Ellie’s parents have been hiding a huge secret from her. And Ellie is forced to choose sides in a battle of good versus evil.

Ellie is a guarded girl, with a good heart, though susceptible to Michael’s influence. Her attraction for Michael seems superficial. I hope his character is explored more in later installments. Ellie’s parents are strangely distant and keep an important secret from her, supposedly for her safety. Though, their lies and secrets seem to just cause more harm.

Full of teenage angst, romance, mystery, and intrigue, this fast-paced series debut is a fun adventure for teens and adults alike. This exciting read incorporates Biblical lore, fantasy, and destiny – in an epic battle. The suspense slowly builds throughout until the fantastic climactic ending. With a slight cliffhanger that left me wanting more, I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment in this promising new series.

Book Review: The False Princess

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The False Princess, by Eilis O’Neal

Nalia has led a privileged life as princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, until her sixteenth birthday. Nalia is then told that she is not really the princess. She has simply been a stand-in for the real princess, living in hiding until she came of age. Now known as Sinda, the false princess is shipped back to an aunt that she doesn’t know to live a poor, meager life. But Sinda has a latent talent for magic. When she returns to the city to study magic, Sinda reunites with her childhood friend and discovers an incredible secret that will affect the entire kingdom.

Nalia/Sinda is a complicated girl, who faces adversity with strength and humility. She’s easy to like, and though at first naïve, Sinda learns from her mistakes and always tries to do the right thing, even at the sake of her own safety. Her friendship-turned-romance with her childhood friend Keirnan is sweet and endearing.

The story is completely engaging from the very beginning, and proves impossible to put down. Full of drama, magic, suspense, and romance, this is an impressive debut. Though marketed for young adults, fantasy fans of all ages should enjoy. O’Neal’s vibrant characters are matched with a fast-paced adventure and intrigue that was over too soon.

The False Princess releases from Egmont Books on January 25, 2011.

Book Review: Of Truth and Beasts


Of Truth and Beasts, by Barb & JC Hendee

Wynn has returned home to the Guild after another adventure with vampire Chane and wolf Shade. And even though she has gotten back her journals, her guild still opposes her and her insistence that an Ancient Enemy may return. Wynn has requested that they send her on another journey, and just to get her out of the way they do. With the guild’s message deliveries as an excuse, Wynn goes in search of another orb – to keep it from falling into enemy hands. Once again, Chane and Shade accompany her as her protectors. But a dwarf stonewalker and descendant of a known mass murderer also insists on joining the small party.

Wynn’s relationships with Chane and Shade have developed and changed. Shade is growing in her abilities. And Chane is changing and trying harder to be someone that Wynn can respect and trust. I love the direction the authors are taking with the characters. These tragic characters have such depth. While Chane started out the series as a complex person, he’s grown to be one of my favorite characters. He’s steadfast though not always making the right decisions.

The story follows Wynn and company along their quest, as well as other individuals as they trail Wynn with their own nefarious agendas. The mood is dark and imposing. And the suspense is continuous. With several twists and surprises, this series is never predictable. And impressively shocking climactic ending, left me wanting more. I only wish I didn’t have to wait an entire year for the next installments to release. Don’t miss this exciting series of magic, mythical creatures, and incredible lore.

Of Truth and Beasts releases from Roc Books on January 4, 2011.

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