Ungrateful God (Unwilling Souls, Book 2)

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Author: Gregory Little

Series: Unwilling Souls

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing

Pages: 464


Ses and the Artisan Guild are on the run, after she unwittingly revealed their headquarters while saving her father and keeping the gods imprisoned. She placed her trust in the wrong person, Murien. They now must make the long journey to their new headquarters, Ocypode. Once they arrive, however, things are not the way that they expected them to be. They are worse. Meanwhile, Murien is sent undercover in the Pit to infiltrate the apprentice smiths. Things begin happening there, and he doesn’t know who he can trust- quite the turn of events. The gods have servants who are on the move, and putting plans in to action, and Ses is forced to team up with unlikely allies to get to the bottom of it.

I was blown away by the first book in this series, Unwilling Souls. Unfortunately, a lot of time when that happens, the sequels can’t live up to the original. I am so, very, happy to say that was not the case here! The phenomenal world building from the debut only got better. The character building continued, and the characters became more complex. This story was just as gripping as the last, and was so enjoyable to read. I look forward to much more from this author!

The Library at Mount Char


Author: Scott Hawkins

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Broadway Books

Pages: 388


Carolyn and her adopted siblings have been raised in the Library, by Father, since their parents were all killed in an incident many years before. They are all Librarians, in the broadest sense. They are tasked with, collectively, learning literally everything- each about their own catalog. Father, however, wrote the Library. He is what one would consider a god of the age. The problem: Father is missing, and possibly dead. The Librarians know that there will be a battle brewing to take his place, and Carolyn has been preparing for that. She has a plan…


This was one of the strangest, and most odd, novels that I have read in a very long time possibly ever- and I loved every second of it! This dark fantasy gripped me from the beginning, because I just needed to figure out what was going on. Honestly, I’m not sure that I really did until close to the end. The structure was laid out in a very different way, but it really worked for this novel. The characters were all very well developed, and fully fleshed out, especially the MCs. I wasn’t entirely sure what to think about Carolyn, the protagonist, throughout most of the book. I liked her, I disliked her, then I rooted for her again. The world building was spectacular. While it is technically set in “our world”, it’s a different world altogether. (Sorry, it’s a bit difficult to explain without spoilers!) I will reveal to you that there were some scenes that may be a bit difficult for some readers. They are not gratuitously placed, in my opinion, they fit in to the plot of the novel. If you want a story that will keep you wondering what is going to happen next, scratching your head, and that is wholly original (not something I can say very often!)- this book may just be for you!

Something Like Voodoo Blitz!!



Something Like Voodoo
by Rebecca Hamilton
Publication date: February 7th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

From New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Hamilton

High School can be a witch.

A teen girl with the ability to predict deaths through her drawings shouldn’t need to lie constantly to make her life sound interesting. But that doesn’t stop Emily from spinning stories faster than she can keep up.

After transferring to a new school, Emily’s ‘dull’ life is shaken by the appearance of a boy who seems unfazed by her far-fetched stories. A too-handsome-for-his-own-good senior, Noah has some secrets of his own. He needs Emily’s special gift to save him from Sarah, queen bee of the school’s It Girls, whose own supernatural abilities have forced him into a life of silence and solitude.

But when Emily tries to free him from Sarah’s voodoo curse, things go belly up, landing Emily on Sarah’s hit list. Soon, Emily and Noah are on a collision course with the It Girls, leading to a shocking revelation that ties them together in unimaginable ways. If their powers remain unchecked, this teenage popularity contest could spell the death of them all …

Romantically charged and eerily chilling, Something Like Voodoo weighs the choice of saving your life versus fighting for a life worth saving. This paranormal romance will put a spell on you.



He was being tortured, but by what? And was I the only person seeing all these other things?

The scene flashed like a strobe light in front of me—a flash of the Noah I knew, then a flash of the painted Noah that made no sense. I scoured the room for someone to help, but no one else seemed to notice what was going on. Except for Sarah, her glower across the room turning to a maniacal grin.

“STOP!” I screamed at her.

The unexplainable vision melted away. Standing at the cafeteria doors, Sarah gave one last smirk before turning on her heel and walking away. A crowd of people hovered near us. The school nurse appeared next, hurrying as quickly as her short legs would carry her.

“Paramedics are on the way,” she said as she arrived, kneeling beside me. “Everyone, please, go back to your tables.”

When no one listened, she yelled, “Go!” This cleared away a few of them. I didn’t leave. Noah’s head still rested in my lap, his eyes closed, though he wasn’t convulsing anymore. His body had gone limp, the rise and fall of his chest nearly unperceivable.

“What happened?” the nurse asked.

Before I could answer, the EMTs rushed in with a stretcher. They pulled him away, yelling all sorts of things I couldn’t understand as they started performing CPR.

“Hang in there, buddy,” one of them said. He passed some small white tube-like packet under his nose, but nothing happened. “Can you hear me?”

No response. At this point, I thought Noah had stopped breathing, making me feel more hopeless than I’d ever felt in my life. What in the hell did Sarah do to him?

More CPR. More failure.

“It’s not working!” said the attending EMT. He put his ear to Noah’s chest then nodded toward the exit. “He’s breathing, but his heart rate is low. We need to transfer him now.”

And just like that, Noah was gone, flying away on that stretcher like a helium balloon in the wind.

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Rebecca Hamilton writes Paranormal Fantasy, Horror, and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids, along with multiple writing personalities that range from morbid to literary. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently.

Rebecca Hamilton is represented by the ever-more-amazing Rossano Trentin of TZLA.

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Three Dark Crowns


Author: Kendare Blake

Series: Three Dark Crowns

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 398


Every generation brings a new set of triplets to Fennbirn; a set of triplets born with three distinct types of magic. This generation brought Mirabella- the elemental (and the sister considered to be the strongest in this generation), Katharine- the poisoner (considered weak, although the poisoners have ruled for generations), and Arsinoe- the naturalist (also considered weak, but possibly hiding a secret). Each of these triplets is an equal heir to the crown. The catch: they must fight to the death to win the right to rule. The fight begins the night that the sisters turn sixteen, and ends when only one sister stands. Who will rule this new generation?

This is a YA novel, that reads like the beginning of a good high fantasy series. It is layered with a huge cast of characters, that I was concerned may get a bit bogged down at the beginning. Blake, however, did a wonderful job of separating out the most important primary and secondary members of the cast, and giving them the attention needed to allow the reader to know them and formulate opinions about them. The world building was phenomenal, especially for the world that was needed in this novel. The story was very intense from the beginning. It did start out a bit slow for me, but it continued to build and got better and better as it went on. It ended on a fantastic cliffhanger, and I need the sequel right now!

The Possession (Book 1 Secret Journals)


Author: J.D. Spikes

Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy

Publisher: Lachesis Publishing

Pages: 212


Daphne Wentworth is a tall, red-headed seventeen-year-old who is spending two months living at the Maine light house that her Aunt Dwill is the keeper of. She doesn’t have much experience in the dating area, as she has always been a bit awkward around boys. While helping her aunt prepare the light house property for the 200th celebration, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to Zach Philbrook. Zach is a local Micmac boy who works helping her aunt around the property. As they work alongside each other, the two teens find themselves drawn closer together. The closer they become, though, odd occurrences begin happening to the two of them. The spirits of their ancestors, Vincent and Ro, who were lovers generations before them have begun possessing the two of them in order to solve the mystery behind their deaths. This is not the first time that this has happened, but will they be the ones who will finally solve the mystery and allow Vincent and Ro’s souls to rest in peace?

The Possession brings us a brand new type of story in an incredibly hot genre! I love my typical paranormals as much as the next girl, but it is always fun to find a story that brings something new to the table, and this story definitely did that. The characters are easy to fall in love with, as they are well fleshed out fairly early in to the story. The world is well built, with a great back story, and you can tell that the author did her research well. The scenes are beautifully described, and easy to visualize. One of the things that I really loved about this book, though, is what it did not have. As someone who loves, and reads a ton of YA novels, I have noticed the trend shift to the majority of them having more mature or “adult themed” situations in them (which, for the record, I have no problem with!). I am not naïve enough to believe that teens are not aware of, or even involved in, some of these situations/behaviors. However, it is nice to read a beautifully written story that, while it did have some sexual overtones in a couple of the scenes, did not have any content in it that any parent would have to be concerned about their fourteen-year-old reading. In that regard, Spikes’ writing was a breath of fresh air. I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and look forward to the next installment immensely!


Ink and Bone (The Great Library, Book 1)


Author: Rachel Caine

Series: The Great Library

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: NAL

Pages: 368


The extraordinarily powerful Great Library now controls all of the information in the world. They use alchemy to deliver the content of books to “blanks”, but no one is allowed to own physical copies of these books. Jess’ family thrives on the black market trade of illegal books. While he believes in the library, he has been forced in to his family’s trade from a young age, while soaking up all of the knowledge that he can from their illegal cache. He obtains a prestigious place with The Great Library, where he is testing to be in their employ. He has a secret, though: his family’s. He was sent there to be a spy, and help in his family’s trade. This is a position that Jess has always wanted, and as he undergoes his training and testing, his loyalties are tested. His friend, with his unknowing advice and help, creates a machine that could put the Library out of business, and Jess finds out just how ruthless the Library can be when it is challenged.

Guys! I could not put this book down, once I finally got around to reading it! I wish that I had moved it higher on my tbr! It has great characters, who all have some depth to them. I can’t wait to see where Caine takes them in the next book! The world building was fantastic. It really felt like I could visualize where they were, and what they were doing. This series has a wonderful plot, and it feels like it is building up to something even greater. I have the next book in the series on my shelf, and it will be coming up soon!

Cruel Crown (Red Queen Novella)

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Author: Victoria Aveyard

Series: Red Queen

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 208


Cruel Crown is a novella published between the first and second book in the Red Queen series. It is comprised of two very different stories, that follow two women who were present and active in the Red/Silver world well before the time brought to us in Red Queen. The first story, Queen Song, tells the story of Cal’s mother, and King Tiberias’ first wife, Queen Coriane. This story is told through her journal entries, so we get to see the world through her eyes. It tells of her early struggles, her fears, and the birth of her new prince. The second story, Steel Scars, tells a very different story. It tells of Captain Farley’s life in the resistance, through the time that she comes upon Mare. This story is told from her POV and though coded transmission.

If you are a fan of Red Queen, you will find these two prequel stories very interesting. They take us a bit deeper in to the red/silver world, with a sort of “behind the scenes” look in to these two very different, but very strong, women. I loved being able to get a little bit of a back-story on Captain Farley’s time in the resistance before the original novel started, as she was a bit of a mystery. It was also incredibly interesting to read of Queen Coriane’s life, and her early struggles before she was crowned queen. I enjoyed the platforms in which these two stories were told, as well. It made them seem more real and fresh to me. If you liked Red Qeen, in encourage you to read this novella. You won’t regret it!