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Book Review: The Syrena Legacy Series (Books #1-3: Of Poseidon, Of Triton & Of Neptune) by Anna Banks

Title: Of Poseidon, Of Triton, Of NeptuneSeries: The Syrena LegacyAuthor: Anna BanksGenre: Teen Paranormal RomancePublisher: Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)Release Date: Book 1: May 22, 2012My Thoughts: The Syrena Legacy is a 3-book series by Anna Banks consisting of the titles: Of Poseidon (Book 1), Of Triton (Book 2), and Of Neptune (Book 3). It is, … Continue reading Book Review: The Syrena Legacy Series (Books #1-3: Of Poseidon, Of Triton & Of Neptune) by Anna Banks

Book Review: Wish by Barbara O’Connor

Title: WishAuthor: Barbara O’ConnorGenre: MG FictionPage Count: 236 pagesPublisher: Farrar, Straus and GirouxRelease Date: August 30, 2016 Publisher’s Summary: Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed … Continue reading Book Review: Wish by Barbara O’Connor

Book Review: Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter

Title: Winterborne Home for Vengeance and ValorAuthor: Ally CarterGenre: MG MysteryPage Count: 336 pagesPublisher: HMH Books for Young ReadersRelease Date: March 3, 2020 Publisher’s Summary: April didn't mean to start the fire. She wasn’t the one who broke the vase. April didn’t ask to go live in a big, creepy mansion with a bunch of … Continue reading Book Review: Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter

Book Review: Guardian (Book #1) by A.J. Messenger

Title: GuardianAuthor: A.J. MessengerSeries: The Guardian Series: Book 1Genre: Teen Paranormal RomancePage Count: 261 pagesPublisher: Independently publishedRelease Date: May 18, 2014 Publisher’s Summary: Eighteen-year-old Declan Jane is just trying to make it through senior year in San Mar, the Northern California coastal town she's lived in all her life. Perpetually under the radar, she's surprised … Continue reading Book Review: Guardian (Book #1) by A.J. Messenger

Book Review: The Similars Series (The Similars & The Pretenders) by Rebecca Hanover

What happens when you take a futuristic YA dystopia and mash it up with clones and elite kids at a prestigious academy? You get the absolutely flippin’ awesome, unputdownable duet by Rebecca Hanover, The Similars (Book 1) and The Pretenders (Book 2). We meet Emmaline when she’s reeling from the recent suicide of her best … Continue reading Book Review: The Similars Series (The Similars & The Pretenders) by Rebecca Hanover

Book Review: Where the Sea Takes Me (Sea: Book #2) by Heidi R. Kling

Where the Sea Takes Me (Entangled Teen, June 2018) is the sequel to Where I Found You, formerly published as Sea, by Heidi R. Kling. You can view my glowing review of Sea here. Now, I’m not taking credit for this sequel happening. Buuut, back in 2012, I *did* email the author bursting at the … Continue reading Book Review: Where the Sea Takes Me (Sea: Book #2) by Heidi R. Kling

Book Review: The Rose Legacy (Book #1) by Jessica Day George

Title: The Rose LegacyAuthor: Jessica Day GeorgeSeries: Rose Legacy: Book 1Page Count: 288 pagesGenre: MG FantasyPublisher: Bloomsbury Children’s BooksRelease Date: May 1, 2018 Publisher’s Summary: When orphaned Anthea Cross-Thornley receives a letter from a long-lost uncle, she wonders if she will finally find a true home. But she is shocked to learn that her uncle … Continue reading Book Review: The Rose Legacy (Book #1) by Jessica Day George

Book Review: The Storm Runner (Book #1) by J.C. Cervantes

Title: Storm RunnerAuthor: J.C. CervantesSeries: Storm Runner: Book 1Page Count: 449 pagesGenre: MG/YA Mythology FictionPublisher: Disney HyperionRelease Date: September 18, 2018 Publisher’s Summary: A contemporary adventure based on Maya mythology from Rick Riordan Presents and New York Times bestselling author J. C. Cervantes! Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in … Continue reading Book Review: The Storm Runner (Book #1) by J.C. Cervantes

Book Review: Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

I was sick throughout a lot of last winter (2019), and it was the most I could do to lie in bed and listen to audio books. I discovered Mary Anderson’s free reading Pollyanna through LibriVox, and was hooked from Chapter 1. Pollyanna Whittier is an optimistic little girl who has endured great trials in … Continue reading Book Review: Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

Book Review: Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

Title: Song for a WhaleAuthor: Lynne KellyPage Count: 224 pagesGenre: MG FictionPublisher: Delacorte Books for Young ReadersRelease Date: February 5, 2019 Publisher’s Summary: From fixing the class computer to repairing old radios, twelve-year-old Iris is a tech genius. But she's the only deaf person in her school, so people often treat her like she's not … Continue reading Book Review: Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

Book Review: The Breakout (Genesis: Book #1) by Rachelle Harp

Title: The BreakoutAuthor: Rachelle HarpSeries: Genesis: Book 1Page Count: 224 pagesGenre: YA DystopiaPublisher: 48fourteenRelease Date: November 1, 2019 Publisher’s Summary: Trina Hauk isn’t good at following the rules, despite her elite genetic designation. She’s never really fit in, kind of a loner who has a major crush on Kalen. Raised by the government, Trina has … Continue reading Book Review: The Breakout (Genesis: Book #1) by Rachelle Harp

Book Review: Even if the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia

Title: Even if the Sky FallsAuthor: Mia GarciaPage Count: 309 pagesGenre: YA RomancePublisher: Katherine Tegen BooksRelease Date: May 10, 2016 Publisher’s Summary: One midsummer night. Two strangers. Three rules: No real names. No baggage. No phones. A whirlwind twenty-four-hour romance about discovering what it means to feel alive in the face of one of life’s … Continue reading Book Review: Even if the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia

Book Review: Killing November (Book #1) by Adriana Mather

Title: Killing NovemberAuthor: Adriana MatherSeries: Killing November, Book 1Page Count: 411 pagesGenre: YA, Academy ThrillerPublisher: Knopf Books for Young ReadersRelease Date: March 26, 2019 Publisher’s Summary: November is as good as dead. She just doesn't know it yet. At the international Academy Absconditi, there's no electricity, no internet, and an archaic eye-for-an-eye punishment system. Classes … Continue reading Book Review: Killing November (Book #1) by Adriana Mather

“Lady Greensleeves” is a Free Audio Book on YouTube!

Lady Greensleeves, my novelized adaptation of the folksong "Greensleeves," is now a free audio book you can listen to on YouTube! Start listening here: https://youtu.be/Yb3DFiVOAVc

“Shell: A Short Story” is a Free Audio Book on YouTube!

https://youtu.be/24e9no-a8p8 You can now listen to my #YAMermaid short story, Shell, as a free audio book on YouTube! Or, you can read the ebook right here.

Fiction I Read in 2019

Twenty-nineteen was a busy year for me! Between releasing several publications, freelancing for a publisher, a major website overhaul and relocation, and life in general with my family, I took a break from writing book reviews for the year. But that doesn't mean I took a break from reading! While I mostly read nonfiction last … Continue reading Fiction I Read in 2019

Meet the (Other) Hero: Dmitri

Meet Dmitri Full Name: Dmitri Straussen Featured in: The Wrong Prince by C.K. Brooke From: Tybiria, East Halvea, World of Jordinia Status: Crown Prince of Tybiria Distinguishing characteristics: Tall, blond, and bespectacled. Loves books and reading poetry and novels. Often lost in his own daydreams. Motivations: Until his imprisonment, his biggest aspiration was to write … Continue reading Meet the (Other) Hero: Dmitri

Review My ARCs

Are you an avid reader, writer/reviewer, or book blogger? Seeking to grow your audience, get more reads, or simply fill your life with fun new books before they're released? Join my ARC review team and receive free ebooks and digital audio book codes for review! Complete the form to apply today Embedded link above not … Continue reading Review My ARCs

Meet the (Other) Hero: Raul

Meet Raul Photography by Giulia Pugliese. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Raul Petigya Featured in: The Emperor’s Daughters: Jordinia, Book 5 by C.K. Brooke From: Halai, Heppestoni Status: Former foot soldier, builder. Distinguishing characteristics: Dark skin tone, warm eyes, sharp-witted. Motivations: Homeland, service, and helping others. Raul’s Story: Once a foot soldier lost in the … Continue reading Meet the (Other) Hero: Raul

Meet the (Other) Hero: Bram

Meet Bram Photo by Paolo Nicolello. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Officer Abram Visigoth Featured in: The Duchess’s Descendants: Jordinia, Book 4 by C.K. Brooke From: Pierma, Jordinia Status: Officer of the Royal Guard Distinguishing characteristics: Very tall. Calm demeanor. Dark eyes and hair with a violet sheen. Motivations: Duty, honor, and service. Compassion. Bram’s … Continue reading Meet the (Other) Hero: Bram

Meet the (Other) Heroine: Mal

Meet Mal Photo by Laura Gomez. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Mallory Cotts Featured in: The Golden Dove by C.K. Brooke From: The Kingdom of Dorsett Status: Stable girl at Dorsett Castle Distinguishing characteristics: Long black hair, tall and gangly. Gentle and modest; good with horses. Motivations: Just to take and live each day as … Continue reading Meet the (Other) Heroine: Mal

Meet the (Other) Heroine: Pavi

Meet Pavi Full Name: Pavola Ward Featured in: The Wrong Prince by C.K. Brooke From: Wintersea Fortress, Llewes, East Halvea, World of Jordinia. Status: Ward of the king Distinguishing characteristics: Tiny and slender. Cropped red hair. Extremely intelligent. Taught herself to read and loves devouring tomes about science and mathematics. Motivations: To escape the oppressive … Continue reading Meet the (Other) Heroine: Pavi

The Perks of Being a Hybrid Author

When I sat down to write this article, I originally wanted to title it, 'Why I Love Self-Publishing!' But when I really began to envision my preface about how much my publishers have taught me, and what an integral part of my writer's journey they've been, I realized pretty quickly that I am only a … Continue reading The Perks of Being a Hybrid Author

Meet the Merry Maidens

My upcoming novel, Marian, Princess Thief: A Robin Hood Retelling, is full of strong, kick-butt heroines! In preparation for its release, I thought I'd let you in on a special preview of the characters, Lady Marian's Merry Maidens: Name: Alaina DalePseudonym: “Alan-a-Dale”Origin: Once a minstrel in a traveling pack of troubadoursOutlawed: By choice Weapon of … Continue reading Meet the Merry Maidens

Meet the (Other) Heroine: Benedicta

Meet Benedicta Photo by Hai Phung. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Grand Duchess Benedicta “Nedi” Ducelle Featured in: The Emperor's Daughters by C.K. Brooke From: The Royal Palace, Pierma, Jordinia Status: Fourth and youngest Grand Duchess of Jordinia Distinguishing characteristics: Pale blonde hair, a generous heart, determination. Motivations: Benedicta would like a husband and family someday, … Continue reading Meet the (Other) Heroine: Benedicta