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The Beast is an Animal by: Peternelle Van Arsdale

Alys was seven the first time she saw the soul eaters. Twin sisters, they radiated an energy that excited Alys. Through them she felt the wildness of the forest, and The Beast within it. Too late, she learned of their power to destroy.

By the time she is fifteen, Alys knows too much about both the lure and the danger of the soul eaters. She lives in a world of adults who are terrified of their power, and who cower behind high walls and grim rules. Fear of the soul eaters—and of The Beast—rules their lives. Even more, they fear the ways in which The Beast may lurk among them—and within a girl like Alys.

For Alys has a connection to the soul eaters, and The Beast. And she hides a truth about herself that she can reveal to no one, for fear she will be called a witch. As the threat posed by the soul eaters grows, Alys must undertake a journey through the wild danger of the fforest. But the greatest danger is not outside her. Alys’s secret about who—and what—she is terrifies her most of all. And in order to save her world, she must also risk losing herself.”

3.5 stars (Almost got 4 stars, but faltered at the end.)

I was really excited when I found out that my local library not only had this book, but that it was in stock and available for checkout without having to sign up on a wait list.

I absolutely adore the cover and it was a big reason that I wanted to read this book. I really didn’t know what to expect beyond the Old Byd Nursery Rhyme on the back of the book, which drew me in and pushed this book to the top of my TBR list.

The book moves along at a slow but steady pace, which I was ok with. It had the feel of an old fairy tale, dark and creepy. At times it even reminded me of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village, which I really enjoy. Unfortunately once the romantic interest was introduced to the story it lost a bit of its creep factor. The story was still good, it just developed a different feel. I also felt like the end of the book was a wee-bit of a let down. It just didn’t have the bang that I was hoping for based on the creepy way the book started.

On a positive note, this book is a stand alone. It’s gotten harder and harder to find stand alone books now-a-days, so I was happy when this book had an actual ending and not a cliff hanger. This is Peternelle Van Arsdale’s first book and I did enjoy it enough that I will be keeping an eye out for her next book so I can give it a read.


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Sonya Loveday is also the author of the amazing The Six series. You can check out all of her book over on her Goodreads page.

Casted  by: Sonya Loveday



Jade had spent the majority of her life running from the Triad. The Triad, are a powerful group, who would stop at nothing to obtain Jade and the missing spell book for leader, Lorenzo’s, nefarious plans. And now that she has absorbed the highly coveted magic contained inside the missing book, there is nowhere left for her to hide. With the help of her friends, Jade steps out from the shadows and learns how to fight back. But no one is prepared for Elinor-the woman bound inside of the book that’s trapped in Jade’s mind. Now she not only needs to protect herself from the Triad, but from what’s hiding inside her mind as well. Jade never expected the answer to it all would revolve around love. Edge is dark, mysterious, and a sworn member of the Triad. He also hides a secret past that threatens the thin line he walks between good and evil. Lives are at stake when Jade and Edge’s two worlds collide. Can Jade learn to trust him when he says he is her pre-ordained and vows to do everything he can to protect her? But more importantly, can she trust herself and the woman in her mind?”


4 stars (contains mild romance, nothing overly descriptive.)

As one of Sonya’s first books you can see where she got her start writing action scenes. Though Casted is not as suspenseful as most of the books in her Six series end up being, it’s still full of tension, action, and even some romance. I found most of the characters fun and very likeable. This book moves along at a pretty fast pace and never left me bored or wondering when something exciting was going to happen. The only warning that I can give is that it ends on a cliff-hanger and you’ll probably want to have Spelled on hand before reaching the end of Casted. 😉


Spelled by: Sonya Loveday



Releasing Elinor from the spell book was only the beginning for Jade. When a surprise visit from Lorenzo sets off a downward spiral of events, Jade’s ripped from the confines of Edge’s home and plunged into the madness of the Triad. Confused by the turn of events, Jade is only sure of four things: My name is Jade Kinsley. I’m 20 years old. I’m an Enforcer for the Triad. And I have a debt to settle with Original Coven. Will Jade be able to break through the spell her Grandfather put on her and remember who she is, or will she become just another piece in Lorenzo’s game?


4 stars (contains mild romance, nothing overly descriptive.)

Spelled picks up right where Casted left off. You jump right back into the action and the pace never seems to slow down. There are more twists and turns with every chapter. At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about the ending, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but after thinking about it for a few days I think I’ve come around to liking it. As a longtime reader of Sonya Loveday’s books it was fun to read some of her early work and be able to see where she started and how she has honed her skill.


Casted & Spelled are also available as an ebook boxed set.



My reviews of other Sonya Loveday books:

The Summer I Fell

End Note

If Ever I Fall


The Vows We Make

Love Always



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Anna Dressed in Blood by: Kendare Blake (Anna #1)



“Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.”


4.5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. It was pretty fast paced with lots of action and a splash of gore thrown in here and there. I think any fan of the tv show Supernatural would really enjoy it.
I will definitely be reading the second book in this series.


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Radiance  by: Alyson Noel (Riley Bloom #1)



“Riley has crossed the bridge into the afterlife—a place called Here, where time is always Now. She has picked up life where she left off when she was alive, living with her parents and dog in a nice house in a nice neighborhood. When she’s summoned before The Council, she learns that the afterlife isn’t just an eternity of leisure. She’s been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a possibly cute, seemingly nerdy boy who’s definitely hiding something. They return to earth together for Riley’s first assignment, a Radiant Boy who’s been haunting a castle in England for centuries. Many Soul Catchers have tried to get him to cross the bridge and failed. But all of that was before he met Riley.”


3.5 stars
Fun quick audio book with a good message about being who you are, enjoying the life you have, and not always wanting what others have in life. Though this book deals with death it still manages to be an uplifting story that can tug at your heartstrings. The haunting in the book is only mildly creepy and should be ok for most middle-grade readers.

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Magick Weaved on a Samhain Eve by: V. J. Chisholm



Alexia is a lively, single, sassy and sexy coven witch yet she finds herself and her sex life (or lack of it) the hot topic of her fellow coven sisters after one of the coven’s full moon meetings. Add to the mix the discovery of an old spell and Alexia’s life starts to change very quickly as a spirit named Lance appears. Combine the heat of the full moon and a hint of destiny, life will never be the same again for Alexia.



3 Stars

This is a fast paced, mildly sexy, short story with a fun plot. I haven’t read many books about witches, but I enjoyed this quick glimpse into their world. It could use a tiny bit more editing, but nothing that takes away from the story line too much. I would definitely be willing to read more by this author.

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The Husband’s Secret by: Liane Moriarty



At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read

My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves.”



3 Stars (Adult – Contemporary romance/Mystery)

I had high hopes going into this book, I was a bit underwhelmed. I was hoping for a really good mystery that would keep me guessing. I enjoyed the mystery aspect of this book and the fact that you get to know all of the characters and get a glimpse at their daily lives before the secret is revealed, but there were some characters that I really didn’t care for. This book involves 3 women and ties their lives together in some manner. I really felt like one of the women and her part of the story was just there to fill pages. I felt like her story line barely connected with the other 2 women. I really didn’t like her or pretty much anything that went on in her part of the story (2 wrongs don’t make a right.) On the plus side, I read this book during a rough patch in my life and her story line did provide me with fictional characters to vent my frustrations on. That’s probably why I gave it a 3 star instead of a 2 star rating.

That being said, I did enjoy this authors writing style and I am still interested in reading more books by her.




–  Amazon



Goodreads author page.

Amazon author page.

Liane Moriarty’s web site.


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The Darkest Part of the Forest  by: Holly Black



“Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?”


3 stars — YA Fantasy (mild M/F romance and M/M romance)

For the most part I really enjoyed this book. It moved along at a fairly fast pace and had some very interestingly described scenes. I usually don’t say this about books, but I actually think I would have enjoyed the book more if it had been longer. I really liked the concept of a town where humans and the Folk have come to an agreement and are able to coexist. I think it would have been neat to read more about that relationship and how it changed over the years. There were a few flashbacks dealing with that and I found those scenes very creepy/enjoyable, I really wish there had been more of them. Holly Black’s description of the revel was one of my favorite parts of this book. She did a great job of describing the creatures and their surrounding and I was easily able to imagine the entire celebration. Unfortunately though, I felt like the end of the book was a bit rushed, it just felt like things wrapped up a bit too conveniently for my liking.

Over all this book wasn’t as creepy as I had been hoping for, but I’m glad I took the time to read it. I already have another book by Holly Black and I’m looking forward to reading more of her work.






“Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.”


— Holly Black’s Amazon author page.

— Holly Black’s Goodreads page.

— Holly Black’s web site.

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Gregor The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins

As with my first reading of this series, I am very sad to reach the end of my time in the underland and dearly wish there were more books in this series.


This book series has many different covers available. Pictured here are two of the cover sets available.


Gregor the Overlander (book #1)


Book description:

“Young Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building and hurtles into the dark Underland. This strange world is on the brink of war, and Gregor’s arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland’s uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it — until he realizes it’s the only way to solve the mystery of his father’s disappearance. Gregor embarks on a dangerous adventure that will change both him and the Underland forever.”

My review of this book:

5 Stars

This is my 2nd time reading this series and I’m loving it just as much as I did the first time. This book is full of action, adventure, and compassion. I love all of the characters is this book, yes, even the ones you’re not sure if you’re even supposed to like. This is probably the only book in existence that could ever make me like a cockroach. And I must say that I absolutely adore Gregor’s little sister, Boots.

Note: Having previously read this entire series, I feel I should let others know that they do tend to get a bit more descriptive in the battle scenes, as the series goes on. If your child doesn’t do well with gore or you prefer they not read that type of stuff, you might want to pass on this series.


Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane (book #2)


Book description:

Gregor swears he will never return to the Underland, that strange world below New York City. But he is a key player in another prophecy, this one about an ominous white rat called the Bane. The Underlanders know there is only one way to lure Gregor back to their world: by kidnapping his little sister, Boots.
Now Gregor’s quest reunites him with his bat, Ares, and the rebellious princess Luxa. They descend into the dangerous Waterway in search of the Bane. If Gregor does not fulfill the prophecy, his life, and the Underland, will never be the same.

My review of this book:

5 Stars

I just can’t say it often enough. I love this book series.

Gregor and Boots embark on another grand adventure in the Underland. Battles are fought between both friends and enemies. Can Gregor keep everyone he cares about safe AND fulfill the Prophecy of Bane?

“Die the baby, Die his heart, Dies his most essential part.”

One of my favorite things about this series is how the prophecys play out. Suzanne Collins really put a lot of work into writing them and then allowing you to take the journey of discovery as you break each one down to discover its meaning.


Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods (book #3)


Book description:

With two prophecies fulfilled, Gregor is now focused on the Prophecy of Blood, which calls for Gregor and Boots to return to the Underland to help ward off a plague. But this time, his mother refuses to let him go . . . unless she is allowed to travel with them.
When they arrive in the subterranean city, the plague is spreading — and it claims one of Gregor’s closest companions. Only then does Gregor start to understand how the illness plays with the fate of all warm-blooded creatures. But how can he help combat it?”

My review of this book:

5 Stars

I love the way these books tug at your heart and make you think about your life and how blessed we all are.

By this point in the series many people start complaining about all of the prophecies that require Gregor to return to the Underland, but you have to remember that Gregor is thought to be “An Overland Warrior” by the Underlanders and, according to the prophet Bartholomew of Sandwich, He is needed on each quest if the Underland is to survive.  To me this is a big part of the appeal of this series. You get to follow Gregor as he matures and see how each challenge helps him become a better person. If it weren’t for the adventures the books would be pretty boring.


Gregor and the Marks of Secret (book #4)


Book description:

For generations, rats have run the mice out of whatever lands they’ve claimed, keeping them constantly on the move. But now the mice are disappearing and the young queen Luxa is determined to find out why.
Gregor and Boots join Luxa on a simple fact-finding mission. But when the true fate of the mice is revealed, it is something far more sinister than they had imagined

My review of this book:

5 Stars

Things have gotten really bad in the Underland and another prophecy has begun to play out. Gregor and his friends must embark on a dangerous journey to figure out how to stop the evil that is being perpetrated against the mice.

I have a soft spot for mice, I even had one as a pet when I was younger. I really felt bad for the mice in this book and all that they have been through. I was glad that someone was standing up for them and trying to help them survive in the underland.

This is another action packed book that had me on the verge of tears more than once. The only downside to this book is that it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. If you enjoyed the first three books as much as I did then I’d suggest you make sure that you have the fifth book on hand before you finish this one.


Gregor and the Code of Claw (book #5)


Book description:

Everyone in the Underland has been taking great pains to keep The Prophecy of Time from Gregor. Gregor knows it must say something awful, but he never imagined just how awful: It calls for the warrior’s death. Now, with an army of rats approaching, and his mom and sister still in Regalia, Gregor the warrior must gather up his courage to help defend Regalia and get his family home safely. The entire existence of the Underland is in Gregor’s hands, and time is running out. There is a code to be cracked, a mysterious new princess, Gregor’s burgeoning dark side, and a war to end all wars.

My review of this book:

5 Stars

I was very pleased with this entire series, often authors aren’t able to keep up with the pace that they set in the earlier books and I get bored with the them before I reach the end of the series. That was not the case with these books. I was saddened to reach the end of this wonderful series (for the 2nd time.) I really enjoyed Gregor and all of the Underland characters that Suzanne Collins created. I would have eagerly continued reading books in this series as long as she was willing to write them.

This book once again had me on the verge of tears. There were times when I was both happy and angry simultaneously.  I laughed out loud and I felt my heart break. For these weren’t just characters that I was reading about, they had worked their way into my heart and were now my friends. I will carry them with me always and I’m sure I’ll even come back to visit them and read their stories once again.

You can learn more about Suzanne Collins and her wonderful books on her Goodreads author page.

All of Suzanne Collins’ books are available on Amazon.



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In Creeps the Night (An Anthology)

Royalties from the sale of this book benefit Mothers Without Borders.


Book description:

50 Flash fiction tales.

Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls creep through the pages of this spooky flash fiction. Discover critically acclaimed authors that will make your skin shiver and have you flinching at bumps in the night. Whenever the mood strikes for something creepy, this collection will leave you looking over your shoulder.


My review of this book:

4 stars

The first thing that grabbed me about this book was the cover. I find it super creepy and I couldn’t wait to see if the stories were as good as the cover. I wasn’t disappointed. There were a few stories that didn’t really do much for me, but for the most part I was very pleased with this book. I read several of the stories out loud to my 13 year old son and he commented, more than once, how “messed up” a story was. In case you were wondering, that means he really liked it. 😉 Most of the stories can be read in under 10 minutes, which makes this a great book to pick up when you don’t have much time to dedicate to reading.

A few of my favorite stories were:

The Loop -by A. D. Trosper,

Ghoul’s Night Out -by J. Whitworth Hazzard,

Closet Door -by Ryan T. Nuhfer,

The Face of Evil -by Kevin G. Bufton,


Now You See Them -by Kayleigh Edwards


You can find In Creeps the Night on Goodreads and Amazon.

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Gwarda Warriors series – by Madison Thorne Grey

Madison Thorne Grey is currently offering all 3 of her ebooks for FREE on Amazon.

I’m not sure how long this offer will last so hurry over and take a look.


Magnificence (Gwarda Warriors book#1)

“Magnificence is an adult fantasy/paranormal romance novel.”


Book description:
Arturro and Isobel had the kind of love that lasts forever
In the fantasy realm above, known as Vehaven, the heartfelt action of a god inspires the creation of a new race of warriors.
A love which was lost long ago will alter the destinies of many.
Wharick, the leader of a new race of green-eyed warriors finds more than beasts and gypsies to battle when he discovers his stubborn, beautiful mate in the midst of a dark forest he is now to call home.
Born with the same binds around his wrists as his Gwarda brethren, he is the chosen leader: the Gwardian. He must unite and lead the new race of cursed warriors who now live in the black forest of Surchin. He fights with the fire of a god; he kills the roaming beasts, battles the darkness, strives only to fulfill the purpose he is constantly beckoned by the gods to achieve. However, his priorities are altered the day he hears the voice of his Destoul, his soul’s destiny. She is in the forest and she is wounded. He will stop at nothing to find her, possess her, and kill whoever dares to harm what belongs to him.
As regenerated souls find each other once again.
Keirah and her younger druid sisters are all marked with a gem as it magically appears embedded in their bodies. Now they find themselves without parents and forced to live with strangers. They soon flee from the fires of their new home into the forests that hold the most vile, the Karpartha gypsies, and the god of death’s minions, known as Kravens. They are held captive, victimized, and then separated.
Keirah begins her journey to find her beloved sisters and, while doing so, finds the destiny of her heart. She is instantly struck by the intense attraction between the Gwardian and her. Being raised fiercely independent, she struggles to admit her need and desire for the Gwarda male, because in doing so, it threatens to destroy the shields she has built up to protect her heart.
The Gwarda Warriors series
Had Keirah and her sisters known what was set in motion the day their stones appeared and how personally they would be affected by it, they would have still fought the darkness, still battled for what belonged to them. Anguish had fallen upon their people as darkness encompassed their land, but through the darkness there came light.
The new race of warriors would be their hope, their salvation, their loves’ destiny. But they too could be tainted. They too could be seduced by the black forces they had been created to fight against. If measuring by this earthly realm’s time then it’s been years but in the unseen realm above known as Vehaven, it has been but a moment.
Love knew no bounds, knew no limitations. It looked beyond the unseen realm and reached in for a taste, for a moment of regenerated happiness, and in that moment fate was altered and the destinies of many were changed.
Their land, their Northbrook, they discovered, was a very magical place.”

Sustenance (Gwarda Warriors book#2)

“Sustenance is an adult fantasy/paranormal romance novel.”


Book description:
“When the one you love and hunger for, is out there…

Kathel, the gypsy Gwarda warrior has a mission: find his Destoul, Mahgen, claim her as his own, and return to the dark forest of Surchin to unite with his Gwarda brothers. Passion and hidden power ignite inside Kathel. Soon his troubled past and secrets will be revealed, and he must battle more than dark forces and black beasts. He will also struggle with his own heart in order to remain with the mate who is his destiny.

You do whatever it takes to find them…

Mahgen is on the verge of giving up when her Destoul, the destiny of her soul, finds her and saves her life. Thrilled to be with her mate, Mahgen now carries with her the horrid memories of the months held captive by evil Karpartha gypsies. Will Kathel forgive what she had to do to survive? Can they look beyond the secrets and pain to see their love overcome all?”


Recompense (Gwarda Warriors book#3)

“Recompense is an adult paranormal romance with fantasy elements.”


Book description:

“Darius is a broken warrior who has survived abuse. He had given up hope of becoming what he considered a normal, acceptable male and has hid behind years of anger, resulting in an icy cold heart. Having killed the traitor Gwarda responsible for his brother’s death, he once again sets out to find his abuser from long ago, hoping to finally find peace. Will he live up to his nickname, Savage? Will he return to his Gwarda brothers and join them in the fight against Lucius, the god of death? Can he overcome his past and feel worthy enough to deserve his beautiful Destoul who seems to have appeared out of nowhere?
Sorvus has longed to live in the human realm as her druid mother once had. Being a half-breed in Vehaven, the realm above, has been troublesome to say the least, and having Lucius, the god of death as your father didn’t help matters much either. So when Sorvus sees in a vision that her Destoul, her soul’s one true mate, destined only for her, will be one of the new race, the Gwarda warriors, she is more than eager to begin her adventure. What she hopes to be a fairytale-like romance turns out to be challenging when she finds herself struggling to break through Darius’s cold heart. Darkness surrounds her in the human realm as the god-side of her sees dark and malevolent entities and feels the sting of death itself. Will she ever win the heart of her troubled mate? Will she be able to survive in the human realm where evil abounds?”

You can follow Madison Thorne Grey on her Facebook page.

Madison Thorne Grey also has a Paranormal Romance Author page.

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