Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Ariadne of Krete is the daughter of the high priestess of the moon. Isolated and lonely, she finds companionship only with her beloved handicapped brother, Asterion, who is held captive below the palace for his own safety. When a ship arrives from Athens, Ariadne meets Theseus, the handsome son of the king. Ariadne is drawn to him, and they form a friendship. But Theseus is doomed to die as an offering to the Minotaur, the monster beneath the palace—unless he can kill the beast first. That monster? Ariadne’s brother.
Review: Ariadne is a sweet, caring girl who will soon be thrust into a position of power. Theseus has a good heart as well, but becomes trapped in a plot that he may come to regret. Krete is one of a few kingdoms that still worship the Goddess and practice animal and human sacrifice to appease their gods. Barrett’s twist on Greek mythology is vivid and fascinating. The legend of Theseus and the Minotaur is not as well-known as some, so my reading wasn’t jaded.
Dark of the Moon is a dark and dramatic coming-of-age story. Even knowing the end result didn’t lessen the experience. Barrett’s characters are rich and enchanting. And the adapted story is beautiful, dramatic, and captivating. This Greek tragedy will stick with me for a while.
Synopsis: Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere—but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.
Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives at her high school, and he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn’t thought possible. But Conn’s interest in her is confusing. It doesn’t line up with the way he first looked at her. As if she were his enemy. When Conn betrays Darcy, she realizes that she can’t rely on anything—not herself, not the laws of nature, and certainly not him. Darcy decides to infiltrate the Shadow Society and uncover the Shades’ latest terrorist plot. What she finds out will change her world forever.
Review: Darcy is a likeable girl with loyal, protective friends. Something about Conn sets Darcy on edge, but he somehow gets through to her. And Darcy starts falling for him. But just when she thinks he may return her feelings, Conn betrays her trust. And Darcy is suddenly introduced to a world she didn’t know existed. And worst of all, she finds out that she isn’t even human. Darcy knows more about humans than her own people. So when she’s asked to spy on the Shadow Society in exchange for her freedom, Darcy agrees.
Full of engaging characters, passion-filled drama, fascinating creatures, and a decades-old war – The Shadow Society was a surprising read. This young adult fantasy was dark, dramatic, suspenseful, and enthralling. Young fans of romance and fantasy will enjoy this emotionally-charged story.
Synopsis: Being a skeptic is somehow making Sloan Skye one of the best profilers in the FBI’s new Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit. True, her so-called love life isn’t any less tangled, but she’s beginning to believe she’s found a place where her uber-geek smarts and her more out-there methods fit perfectly. Unfortunately, all the incredible things she’s seen can’t prepare Sloan for the ultimate horror show …returning to high school. Someone – or something – is draining blood out of local teenage girls while they sleep. And the only way Sloan can solve the case is to push past her training and surrender to powers beyond her formidable logic to root out one very elusive killer.
Review: This latest serial killer definitely falls into the realm of bizarre and creepy when teenage girls are murdered with a vampire-like bite in their necks. And though Sloan is only an intern with the bureau, she’s asked to go undercover and enroll in high school to investigate the teens’ deaths. There is no shortage of suspects either. And while the ultimate villain is fairly predictable, there are still some big surprises along the way. Sloan finds herself in more complicated relationship drama as well. Third in this exciting urban fantasy series, Blood of Dawn is another riveting installment with plenty of magic, mystery, suspense, and romance.
—– Blood of Dawn releases from Kensington Press on December 4, 2012.
Synopsis: The walled city of Weld is under attack from ferocious flying creatures that raid in the night, bringing death and destruction. The Warden calls for Volunteers to find and destroy the Enemy sending invaders, and the heroes of Weld answer the call one by one, never to return. Rye is officially too young to go, but his brothers are among the lost and he must find them. What terrors await him beyond the Wall?
Review: After his brothers explore beyond the Wall of Weld with no sign of their return, Rye decides to go in search of them. But since no one has explored outside Weld and ever returned to talk about it, Rye has no idea what’s in store. Unlike his brothers who are looking for adventure, glory, and knowledge, Rye has no desire to be a hero. He simply wants to find them and bring them home safely.
While Rye’s adventures really start when he leaves Weld, there is plenty of danger and suspense within Weld with its man-eating creatures that come at night. There is a lot of mystery that builds throughout the story. And as this is just the first in the series, there are still questions left unanswered. Fast-paced and action-packed, this fantasy is full of vibrant characters, a mysterious land, and an engaging plot. Readers of all ages will enjoy this promising new series.
Check out this short, interactive new web series starring Orlando Jones. It’s a suspenseful mystery fused with a fantasy/scifi element.
— From the official website: MERIDIAN: Where the past, future and present intertwine.
Enter the world of Meridian, a 3-part adventure where time and space expand and contract, revealing a mystery, one sliver at a time.
Follow Jeff (Orlando Jones), a smart but directionless techie, some would say an “unchallenged” geek, as he falls down a mystic rabbit hole-leaving behind his dead-end job in tech support. He is thrust into the stuff of legend when he comes across an ancient Aztec necklace, revealing past and future events hidden from everyone else and changing his life forever.
Jeff has to move fast and think even faster if he is to survive.