Review: The Concealing by D.E.L. Connor

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Sixteen-year-old Emme Belrose has it all: four best friends, a horse of her own, a hidden tepee hangout, and a blossoming romance with tall and handsome Charlie. These friends also have a secret. They can move their spirits into animal bodies: an osprey, a mustang, a grizzly, a mountain lion and a coyote. But when Charlie, who has a gift for seeing the future, has a vision of Emme drowning in the icy Yellowstone River, the Spirit Warriors must train their animal bodies to kill an enemy they know is coming…but know nothing about. Suspenseful, romantic, and awash in Native American magic, Spirit Warriors captures the tragic enchantment of the American West—and confirms the power of friendship.

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REVIEW: The Concealing (Spirit Warriors Book 1) is emotional, spiritual and unpredictable. The story begins with five children playing in a clearing as they pretend to imitate the American Indian Wars. Emme Belrose and her four best friends have everything that they could possibly ever want. When they are in the clearing, they are free to be different and judgement-free. Things start to change when Charlie tells Emme about a vision of her that he saw in an attempt to help her understand the ongoing nightmare that constantly plagues her mind. All five friends don’t realize at first that they have formed an alliance that has already been predestined; however, will their friendship be powerful enough to face the one thing that binds them together? Emme and her friends are Spirit Warriors who have the ability to move their spirits into animals in order to stop an impenetrable evil that is coming for them.

My favorite characters in this story are Archie and Lilly. When reading about Archie, I always imagine him as a tall, strong Native American man with an abundance of know

ledge and wisdom. He assists the five friends with their training as Spirit Warriors. He protects them in many ways and provides them with the strength they need to bond with their animal counterparts. Lilly is a kind and gentle soul who sees the best in everyone, including all of her friends. Her words and personality are so heartwarming and her spirit is the purest of them all…even when her home has been broken with the death of her mother.

I really enjoyed reading this book; however, it was very emotional for me. I love that this author was able to make me smile, cry, laugh and captivate my attention. In my opinion, this story targets a young adult audience or anyone over the age of eighteen since there is violence and a slight hint of sexual content. This author is creative, inspirational, motivational and her words are very powerful and touching. I rate The Concealing (Spirit Warriors Book 1) with five stars because I finished this story and really felt a desire to read the second book in the series.

D.E.L. Connor

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Della Connor (D.E.L. Connor) was born in South Dakota and raised in Southeastern Montana where she acquired a keen appreciation for Western and Native American culture. She moved to Texas as a young adult and acquired her honorary Texan status. She became a registered nurse, a nurse practitioner and eventually earned her PhD in nursing. She still works as a nurse educator and as a nurse practitioner. Her nights and weekends, however, are filled with her stories and books. Her first book, “Spirit Warriors:The Concealing,” was published by Booktrope Publishing in November of 2014. The second book in the series “Spirit Warriors: The Scarring will be available July 21, 2014. The Spirit Warriors series will consist of five books and a prequel. The Spirit Warriors story evolved from a short story she wrote for a college English class in the early 1990’s. The professor read it, loved it and asked her to stay after class and discuss it. During this discussion, he told her that a “dark” story like hers, that was written for older children, would be unmarketable and unsaleable. The story kept floating around in her mind. Finally, J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyers and others stepped forward with amazing “dark” stories to create a new genre called Young Adult. The time was finally right for her book. She wrote book 1 in two weeks. It took another year and a half and about a 150 queries all with an “not interested” for her to find a publisher. She found Booktrope and as they say, it’s all history.

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Review: Rapture at Midnight by Isobelle Cate

ABOUT THE BOOK: Book 1 in The Cynn Cruors Bloodline Series

There is an on-going war between two breeds of immortal warriors who carry human, vampire, and werewolf blood, the Cynn Cruor and the Scatha Cruor. The Cynn Cruor wants to live in harmony with the human race. The Scatha Cruor wants to enslave them. Finn Qualtrough, a Cynn Cruor warrior is on a mission to find Dac Valerian, the leader of the Scatha Cruor responsible for the deaths of many, including his parents. When he pursues three Scatha warriors who can lead him to Dac, he happens upon a woman who awakens a desire within Quinn to claim her as his own. She is the very essence of his immortal life. Eirene Spence is an insomniac and a computer genius who loves walking in the park at midnight. She stumbles upon the Scatha Cruor and is almost killed until a handsome stranger rescues her. His touch ignites a hunger inside her that only he can satisfy. He is her soul. By some twist of fate, one of Eirene’s clients is Dac Valerian. She is able to tell Finn and the rest of the Cynn Cruor where Dac is hiding. Now Dac wants her dead.

Will Finn be able to keep Eirene alive and at the same time fulfill his mission? Will Eirene’s wish to be part of Finn’s life come true knowing that he is destined for someone else?

*Warning: intended for mature audiences 18+

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REVIEW: Rapture at Midnight is hot and steamy! It begins with a memory of Finn as a boy, watching his parents leave for their final battle of good verses evil. As a man, Finn has dedicated himself to searching and destroying the Scatha Cruor. He has endlessly hunted the one responsible for his parent’s death; however, one woman can bring him closer than he has ever been before. Eirene Spence has courage, beauty and intelligence. Finn finds Eirene during a chase and protects her from three of the Scatha Cruor. Little does he know that she may be something more than just coincidence.
My favorite character in this story is Finn. He is supposed to be this sexy, strong, courageous warrior-type vampire/werewolf breed who has been siding with humans for generations. He has always been truthful to everyone who is around as well as loyal. I liked Eirene; however, I found that her character was a little predictable. I also enjoying reading about the mysterious Roarke; his character shows some pain and respect when Finn introduces Eirene to the pack.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading fantasy and erotica. This is definitely not for anyone under the age of eighteen due to sexual content and violence. I rate this with five stars because it is original, creative, extensive in detail and captivating. Even though I was able to guess the ending of the story, it was intriguing to read.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hello, I’m Isobelle. ​Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I’m a woman who wears different masks.  Mother-writer, wife-professional, scholar-novelist. Living in the United Kingdom, I have been drawn to the little known, the secret stories, about the people and the nations:  the English, the Irish, the Scots, the Welsh, and those who are now part of these nations whatever their origins.  My vision and passion are fuelled by my interest and background in history and paradoxically, shaped by growing up in a clan steeped in lore, loyalty, and legend. You will notice from my stories that I am intrigued by forces that simmer beneath the surface of these cultures, the hidden passions, unsaid desires, and yearnings unfulfilled.

That is my official bio. Honestly? I’m just an ordinary woman who loves reading, letting the words flow through me and lift me up. I like baking snickerdoodles and Russian tea cakes. My son loves baking them too, well at least after licking the batter off the bowl. Ha! I make a mean beef stew derived from my grandmother’s secret recipe. Except for my Uncle and me, no one knows exactly how it’s done. I love swimming though I don’t get to do that much now. Someday, I’d like to go back to it.

I do love myths and legends, love watching documentaries, and I do belong to a huge clan that is scattered across North America, Oceania, and Asia. Now that I’m living in the UK, add Europe.

Another thing that I love? To hear from you. So drop me a message when you can through my contact page and I will definitely reply.

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Review: Cutlass by Ashley Nixon

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Notorious pirate Barren Reed has one thing on his mind: Revenge against the man who killed his father. So kidnapping his enemy’s fiancé seems a perfect plan…until he actually does it. Larkin Lee is more than a pretty face and fiancé to a powerful man. Her fierce personality is enough to make any pirate want to push her overboard. But when the King of the Orient comes to Barren with a task—to find the Bloodstone, a powerful gem thought only to exist in legend, Barren sees another opportunity to destroy his enemy. Together, Barren, Larkin and a crew of pirates set off to find the stone, only to discover it caused the death of Barren’s own mother and Larkin’s, too. As his strongest allies turn into his greatest enemies, and the life of the girl he kidnapped becomes more important than he ever dreamed, Barren’s quest for revenge becomes a fight to save the Orient.

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REVIEW: Ashley Nixon is a terrific fantasy author. Her first of the series called Cutlass is filled with adventure and the promise of freedom on the open sea. When Barren learns of his brother’s engagement to Lady Larkin Lee, him and his crew decide to show up uninvited. Since Barren and his brother are enemies, Barren embarks on a kidnapping mission. He kidnaps Larkin in an effort to force William out of his home and to the sea for revenge over a past tragedy. While aboard Barren’s ship, Larkin learns several things about loyalties of her father and many others. On this trip, Barren discovers that there is a stone that possesses a certain power contributed to the Reed family line. He also finds that his brother is in search for it so that he can become King. Can Barren get to the stone before William does? If he can, can he trust Larkin enough to help him or go back to her fiance willingly?

I did really enjoy reading Cutlass and Flintlock. Both novels were wonderful! Even though I read these backwards, I still favor Barren, Larkin and Leaf the most. Larkin has a huge part in how the characters change over the course of the story, mainly Barren. Leaf’s strength and ability to heal is constantly needed to combat against Barren’s careless decisions and misguided views. Finally, Barren is stern and has the capacity for love and leadership. His morals are high, even though he is going after his brother in vengeance.

I recommend this novel to those who enjoy fantasy and fiction. Both books had so much creativity and original twists; I did not find them predictable. I give this story a five star review because it is well written, the pace is steady and in my opinion, the author captivates the attention of her audience with her characters and their lives.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ashley was born and raised in Oklahoma, where the wind really does sweep down the plains, and horses and carriages aren’t used as much as she’d like. When she’s not writing, she’s hard at work on her Master’s degree in Library Science and Information Technology, working out, or pretending she’s Sherlock Holmes. Her obsession with writing began after reading the Lord of the Rings in the eighth grade. Since then, she’s loved everything Fantasy–resulting in an unhealthy obsession with the ‘geek’ tab on Pinterest, where all things awesome go.

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Review: Forever (A Lobster Kind of Love) by Jody Pardo & Jennifer Tocheny

ABOUT THE BOOK:  When a drunk truck driver claimed Lydia’s husband and son, her world shattered. The small town that once embraced her was now her personal hell. She made the decision to leave her hometown of Nazareth, Pennsylvania and move to Eastport, Maine, to start over in the last happy place she ever knew. When the sea tried to claim Ryan, he was left a broken man. Starting over in a wheelchair was the last thing he expected to do. Ryan was born to be a lobster fisherman, not a buoy. When Lydia became his home care nurse, he never expected her to be the light at the end of his tunnel.Will their broken hearts survive a second chance or will they remain locked in their cages?Lobsters mate for life. Lobster love is forever.

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REVIEW: Forever: A Lobster Kind of Love is SENSATIONAL! This story is heartwarming, engaging and a truly beautiful romance. Ryan has an accident while out on his ship with the rest of his crew. This story begins when Ryan wakes up to find that he is paralyzed from his thighs down. He gets transported to a rehabilitation center in New York so that he can get the proper care and training to live through his paralysis. Once he is able to return home, he starts to feel like he is useless because his wheelchair is too big to go through the doorways of his house. He can’t eat in his kitchen, he can’t shower in his bathroom, he can’t go outside for air…he is stuck in his living room until a nurse is assigned to him. Then…he meets Lydia. Lydia is new in town and she has some personal baggage that she hasn’t fully dealt with yet. When she meets Ryan, her new client…he nothing like what she could have ever imagined.

 

I really enjoyed reading this story between Ryan and Lydia. They are so innocent and both are longing for love, but they just can’t see what’s in front of them. The mentality and physical work that Ryan undergoes is ultimately exhausting. I can’t imagine ever being in that situation where I would have to relearn how to do every simple task that I may take advantage of now. I sympathized with Ryan so much and when Lydia came into the picture, I really loved both of their personalities. Lydia makes Ryan stronger because she does not pity him or make him feel anything less than a man. She helps him when asked and her caring nature is enduring.

 

I recommend this book to mainly woman; however, both men and woman may enjoy it since the story has alternating point of views. In my opinion, these two authors really inspired me; I couldn’t put the book down! I give Forever: A Lobster Kind of Love a five-star rating. It was wonderful and I would definitely read more from these two authors in the future.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jody was born and raised in New York City and is an only child of an English professor. After 9/11/2001 and a line of duty injury, she left her role as an EMT with FDNY-EMS for a quieter life. She pursued Bachelor’s degrees at Arizona State University in Molecular Biosciences and English. Her love of books and introduction to the Indie book world led to many wonderful friendships, and the drive to write and publish was ignited. Jody loves to travel and meet new people and has lived in four states and has visited 48 out of 50 US states.

Jody currently resides in Oklahoma teaching the fifth grade and is a single mom to her daughter Ariel Elizabeth and her cat, Bullet.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jennifer is a resident of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, where this book originates, and works full time as a home care nurse. Jennifer has been a LPN since 1998. She has always been an avid reader and enjoys book signings, flea markets, going to the beach, spending time with family and friends, and road trips. When this crazy idea was born one Saturday afternoon, Jenn switched gears from reader to writer.
Jenn has been married for 11 years to Chris Tocheny and they have a 6-year-old son, Logan who loves moose.
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Review: The Broken Girl by Gracie Wilson

ABOUT THE BOOK: What if one day you woke up and found your heart had been shattered? You lost the one person you loved more than anything. What happens when you learn to move on even though you thought you’d never be able to again? Is it worth the risk to try and let someone in? Is it better to be left alone then take the chance of more heartache? This time will be different. Becca slowly starts to put the shattered pieces of her heart back together only to have it broken again by someone she trusted. Can her heart that was barely healed in the first place be fixed, again? Becca falls for someone new, but will her heart be safe. Will she survive the secrets that come out from the past? Love is worth the risk. Can she really believe that? The question is: is he worth the risk?

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REVIEW: Gracie Wilson is a wonderful YA author and continually enjoy her work. I have already completed my review of The Lonely Girl and now I am completing an honest review for the second book in this series called The Broken Girl. This story continues with Becca’s two best friends in the hospital after the car accident and brutal attack caused by her ex-boyfriend, Dillon. While both are on the road to recovery, Becca does a lot of thinking about what she wants from her lifeB. She knows that she loves art and wants to pursue a career that falls outside of Lakehead; however, she doesn’t know how to tell her family and friends about the desire to move. When Keegan and Jake wake up, her confusion comes back and she feels helpless all over again. Her drama also comes back to the surface when Sarah tries to make it her personal challenge to sabotage Becca’s life out of jealousy and hatred. Will Sarah’s attempts thwart Becca’s happiness and leave her even more broken then before?

Charlotte and Drake are my favorite characters in this story. Both are hopelessly in love with each other and they have both adapted to protecting those that they call family. When Becca becomes lost, she feels that she can’t trust the people who have always been there for her, so she runs to Charlotte and Drake. The relationship that they share is fascinating! Becca’s drama is a little immature even though she went through numerous hardships and tragedy. I am not big on drama; therefore, her emotions were too sporadic for me to enjoy and sympathize with her character as much as I would have liked to. Keegan and Jake both have their pros and cons; however, I do still like the prospect of Jake being Becca’s boyfriend more than Keegan. Alec, Becca’s brother, has been much more stable and reliable in this story than in The Lonely Girl so I did enjoy reading about his character’s development. Sarah also had too much drama but she was vindictive and it shows well with her personality and mannerisms.

I would recommend The Broken Girl to young adults who have already read The Lonely Girl. In my opinion, this is not a standalone and should be read in sequential order. I give this story a four star review since it was very fast paced and dramatic, but the contents and plot are creative, descriptive and well thought out. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

Gracie Wilson

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Look for her in the trees enjoying nature’s wonders, traveling to see the latest animal conservations, or at aquariums all around the world. This girl loves nature and all animals. She has many pets and is always adding new additions. The more the merrier in her mind. Sitting under the shade reading a book, letting the world around her pass by, while she is safe in her bubble of imagination. Well, that is where she’d love to stay. She is a softball player, can be talked into the occasional Karaoke and loves going out to dance. She is a first generation Canadian living in Ontario. Her family is from Scotland, so finding her in the hot sun for very long is unlikely, but give her rain and thunderstorms and she’s golden.

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