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Extaordinary, By K.M Herkes

Posted by Michelle John on February 28, 2016 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I downloaded this book for free when it first came out. I do this a lot. I download books and they sit on my Kindle for ages, waiting for their titles to catch my eye. Last night I came across this one. I have just enough time to read a short story before bed, I thought. I am so glad I did.


I have read a lot of stories where people get super powers. Usually, it is a young person, and usually, it is exciting and an honor. This story flipped those expectations on their heads....

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The Redwood Rebel, by Lorna George

Posted by Michelle John on February 28, 2016 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Naomi was a princess, once. Before her cousin Adrienne usurped the Redwood throne, murdered their family, and threw Naomi into the deepest part of the deepest dungeon, she was heir to the throne of Ffion. Naomi has been there for three years, periodically tortured, nearly starved, and longing for just one glimpse of the sun. When Adrienne’s henchman comes to offer her a chance at escape, Naomi can only expect treachery—and she’s right.


Arun is the king of ...

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The High King's Will (Steel for the Prince, Book 1) by M.A.Ray

Posted by Michelle John on February 28, 2016 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Eagle Eye’s father is High King Beager’s huntsman. His father has taught him a great many things about surviving at court, and most of those things involve staying away from it and knowing how to fight. He knows how to track animals for the royal table, how to care for hounds, and how to keep his mouth shut. Sure, he’s killed a dragon—but that was almost completely an accident. When the crown prince, beautiful Brother Fox, arrives in Eagle’s hut, wounded from the...

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Echoes of Darkness, By Rob Smales

Posted by Michelle John on February 28, 2016 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Thirteen little pieces of dark horror, finely crafted and delivered in one convenient book cover. What more could a fan of ghosts and goblins want from a book?

I don’t read a lot of horror, but I found Echoes of Darkness deeply enjoyable. Rob Smales takes conventional monsters and renders them into chilling tales just twisted enough to keep you guessing, or he presents brand-new monsters awful enough to turn your stomach. But with every story, he makes his reader small and vulnera...

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The Third Eye of Jenny Crumb, By Martina Dalton

Posted by Michelle John on November 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Jenny has a secret.


She’s been hiding it for years. When a boy in her English class comes down with pneumonia, Jenny pretends she didn’t know before the doctors what was ailing him. When the police are called out to a party, she pretends that she has a headache to get her underage friends out before they arrive. Jenny is psychic, and she can’t tell anyone. What would her cheer-leading squad think of her if she said something like that out loud?


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The Wandering Wizard by Kristy Carey

Posted by Michelle John on October 28, 2014 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

An aging wizard, tasked with protecting the world, must find an apprentice to take his place or let the people he has sworn to protect be consumed by darkness and chaos.


The main character is simply known as ‘The Wizard,” and he’s been walking the earth for over two hundred years, trying to keep humanity safe from hungry monsters. I found him a fascinating character study and a really cool dude.

I really enjoyed this book and would give it five stars...

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Review of 'The Bazaar' By Jen Ponce

Posted by Michelle John on July 29, 2014 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

‘The Bazaar’ by Jen Ponce is an indie book about a suburbanite named Devany Miller. She’s a wife, mother, and social worker at a domestic violence shelter. But all that changes when she steps into a tent at the local fair. The gorgeous proprietor says he’s selling “magic sugar,” but Devany never expects the tent to contain real magic. Even if she did, how would she know magic could be so dark…or so dangerous?

It isn’t long before Devany...

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Review of Queen Morgana and the Renfairies, by Teel James Glenn

Posted by Michelle John on March 10, 2014 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

There was a time, long ago, when the land of Faerie and the human realms stood open to each other. Anyone who desired it badly enough could cross. But Morgana, the queen of the Fairies, has had her heart broken one too many times. The best way to protect herself from the pain of loving mortal men is to close the ways between the worlds. If both worlds have grown a little darker because of it, that’s not her problem. A least her heart is safe.

Of course, even a creature as powerful...

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Review of Watergirl, by Juliann Whicker

Posted by Michelle John on March 8, 2014 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Only in high school can a girl be nicknamed based on her phobia of water.

When Genevieve was a little girl she nearly drowned, and she has been dreaming of death under water ever since. Naturally, the sensitive souls at her school call her Watergirl in honor of her greatest fear. But that’s not the only thing about Gen that makes her feel like an outsider: she has a strong, uncontrollable obsession with the school’s handsome quarterback, Cole. Thanks to his constant snubbin...

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Certainty, by Eileen Sharp

Posted by Michelle John on December 16, 2013 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Last Week I read Certainty, by Eileen Sharp. It is a YA paranormal romance about a boy named Ren Tanaka. Ren has just moved from California to the east coast. Though he may seem to be little more than handsome and charming, Ren has a secret he can’t tell anyone-he can see the future. The moment he meets MacKenzie from two doors down, he knows two things about her: she will be his wife someday, and her little brother is in grave danger.

This book was very sweet, more romance tha...

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