Review: Station Fosaan by Dee Garretson (Spoiler Free)

station fosaan.jpg

Title: Station Fosaan

Author: Dee Garretson

Genre: YA Sci Fi

Publication Date: February 14, 2017

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Earth scientists and their families stationed on the remote planet of Fosaan were promised a tropical vacation-like experience. But Fosaan, devastated from an apocalyptic event nearly three-hundred years ago, is full of lethal predators and dangerous terrain.

Earthers are forbidden to go beyond the safety zone of their settlement and must not engage the small population of reclusive Fosaanians, descendants of the survivors. Sixteen-year-old Quinn Neen plans to do both of those things.

When Quinn discovers a beautiful Fosaanian girl named Mira stealing food from his family’s living unit, he soon learns Earth’s government may not be telling the whole truth about Fosaan and the cause of the past disaster.

There are some who to restore the planet to its former glory by any means necessary. Quinn finds himself caught between his loyalty to his own people and what is right for Mira and her people.

Before he can decide what to do, the scientists are taken captive, stranding the young Earthers on Fosaan.

Quinn must go from renegade to leader and convince Mira to become an ally in a fight against an enemy whose very existence threatens their lives and the future of those both on Fosaan and at home.

(more…)

Review: The Castaways by Jessika Fleck (Spoiler Free)

the castaways.jpg

Title: The Castaways

Author: Jessika Fleck

Publication Date: April 3, 2017

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous.

Renowned for its infamous corn maze… and the kids who go missing in it.

When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing.

Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will—their mysterious, stoically quiet, and handsome leader—steals hers.

Olive is only sure about one thing: her troop consists of the good guys, and she’ll do whatever it takes to help them win the war and get back home.

(more…)

Review: Nobody’s Goddess by Amy McNulty (Spoiler Free)

nobody's goddess.jpg

Title: Nobody’s Goddess

Author: Amy McNulty

Genre: YA Fantasy

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

In a village of masked men, each man is compelled to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. A man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.

Seventeen-year-old Noll’s childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her. She is in fact the goddess of the mysterious lord of the village, a man who refuses to let Noll have her right as a woman to spurn him.

Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman and the magic of man. The stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither Noll nor the veiled lord is willing to lose.

(more…)

Review: What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard (Spoiler Free)

what i lost.jpg

Title: What I Lost

Author: Alexandra Ballard

Genre: YA Contemporary

Publication Date: June 6, 2017

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

*Trigger warning for anorexia/eating disorders*

What sixteen-year-old Elizabeth has lost so far: forty pounds, four jean sizes, a boyfriend, and her peace of mind. As a result, she’s finally a size zero. She’s also the newest resident at Wallingfield, a treatment center for girls like her—girls with eating disorders. Elizabeth is determined to endure the program so she can go back home, where she plans to start restricting her food intake again. She’s pretty sure her mom, who has her own size-zero obsession, needs treatment as much as she does. Maybe even more. Then Elizabeth begins receiving mysterious packages. Are they from her ex-boyfriend, a secret admirer, or someone playing a cruel trick?

(more…)

Review: Lake of Destiny by Martina Boone (Spoiler Free)

lake of destiny

Title: Lake of Destiny (Celtic Legends #1)

Author: Martina Boone

Genre: Romance

Publication Date: April 25, 2017

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Helping her aunt organize a Beltane Festival in a picturesque Highland village seems like the perfect escape from Anna’s second broken engagement and the meltdown that wrecked her legal career. But to succeed, she’ll need to wrangle kilt-wearing villagers, dangerous sheep, a disaster of a dog, and the reclusive laird who refuses to open his property to the public for the ancient tradition of “Sighting.”

For centuries, Loch Fàil in Balwhither has been known to locals as a “thin” place, one where the veil between worlds peels back on Beltane morning to show the face of a person’s one true love. The tradition could draw tourists by the busload, but that’s exactly what Connal MacGregor fears will reveal the two secrets he’s been desperately keeping hidden.

While Anna struggles to mediate between the needs of the village and Connal’s need to protect his identity and his child, Anna finds herself falling in love with all of them: Connal and his daughter, the magical glen, the villagers. But day by day, opening herself to love exposes deep scars from Anna’s childhood, and confronting those wounds could finally set her free–or endanger her every chance of happiness.

(more…)

Review: Grrrls on the Side by Carrie Pack (Spoiler Free)

grrrls on the side

Title: Grrrls on the Side

Author: Carrie Pack

Genre: YA Contemporary

Publication Date: June 8, 2017

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The year is 1994 and alternative is in. But not for alternative girl Tabitha Denton; she hates her life. She is uninterested in boys, lonely, and sidelined by former friends at her suburban high school. When she picks up a zine at a punk concert, she finds an escape—an advertisement for a Riot Grrrl meet-up.

At the meeting, Tabitha finds girls who are more like her and a place to belong. But just as Tabitha is settling in with her new friends and beginning to think she understands herself, eighteen-year-old Jackie Hardwick walks into a meeting and changes her world forever. The out-and-proud Jackie is unlike anyone Tabitha has ever known. As her feelings for Jackie grow, Tabitha begins to learn more about herself and the racial injustices of the punk scene, but to be with Jackie, she must also come to grips with her own privilege and stand up for what’s right.

(more…)

Review: Soulmated by Shaila Patel (Spoiler Free)

soulmated

Title: Soulmated (Joining of Souls #1)

Author: Shaila Patel

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Publication Date: January 24, 2017

My Rating: 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family’s standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.

Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother’s ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage.

When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart.

Liam’s father isn’t convinced Laxshmi is “The One” and Laxshmi’s mother won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one’s own fate too great a price for the soulmated?

(more…)

Cover Reveal: Ultimate Sacrifice by S.E. Green

Hey everyone! I’ve teamed up with author S.E. Green and Oftomes Publishing to bring you the ultra spooky cover for Ultimate Sacrifice, a chilling mystery/horror combo that is sure to send shivers down your spine. This creepy tale hits shelves on October 10, 2017, so be sure to mark your calendars!

Drum roll please…

(more…)

Review: Perdition by Lindsey Ouimet (Spoiler Free)

perdition

Title: Perdition

Author: Lindsey Ouimet

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: March 31, 2017

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The author provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

After the death of her stepfather, Michaela Reilly’s family picks up and moves from the bustling city of Miami to a tiny speck of a town in the middle of nowhere Georgia. Starting over is always hard, but when you’re stuck with an emotionally wrecked mother who won’t even look at you and the responsibility of practically raising your younger brother and sister, it’s even more difficult.

Life in a small, rural town is a lot different from what she’s used to. Beaches are replaced with lazy, shaded rivers. Six lane highways with dirt roads. And Levi, the cute preacher’s son, with intentions as pure as his smile, takes the place of a string of shallow, meaningless hookups back home.

Some things remain the same no matter where you go, however. Like the way a cute boy can make things seem not so bad, or how when you fall in love You. Just. Know.

It’s too bad it’s not only the good things that are universal. Bad things can follow you, no matter how far away from them you run. Secrets always end up hurting people. A troubled past will come back to haunt you. Michaela has both.

(more…)

Review: The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember (Spoiler Free)

the seafarers kiss

Title: The Seafarer’s Kiss

Author: Julia Ember

Genre: NA Fantasy

Publication Date: May 4th, 2017

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.

Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.

(more…)