• Review: Redemption The Warrior, #4

    This is the fourth book in The Warrior series and in this one everything gets all shook up. The reality everyone thinks is real, isn’t and Rachel is the cause. SciFi fantasies come alive and operable as people are cloned and viruses destroy society. This...

  • Article: Carve Your Own Path by Nicole Winters

    When I first started as a writer, I used to devour books and magazine articles that offered advice on how to be an effective writer. They usually consisted of lists such as: 1)   Have a favorite mug, use your favorite pen (I started before the...

  • Review: Rebel Belle Rebel Belle, #1

    Are you a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? The head cheerleader - popular, smart and sophisticated - the typical southern belle. Meet Harper Jane Price! She is the head of almost every organization at school, has the most popular boy as her boyfriend,...

  • Review: Blank Canvas

    Blank Canvas is a very emotional rollercoaster ride. For Two and a half years Maddie has been in the hands of a deranged guy who calls himself the painter. He kept her in a room, locked up and painted when he felt the urge. Maddie might not have suffered...

  • Article: Crista McHugh Author Q: Did you base characters off those in high school?

    Most of my inspiration for the characters in the book come to the local teens in my Seattle suburb. It’s a wonderful melting pot of mixed races and international influences, of the crazy rich and highly intelligent. It’s where the tech millionaires...

  • Review: Nightfall

    Although this CREEPY dystopian was a little slower than I would have liked and I was really REALLY hoping we were going to get a little extra to the story's end. However, I have to say that it was still beyond amazing! The creep factor in this one hit...

  • Review: Reawakened The Reawakened Series, #1

    This book is a piece of work. And not in a good way! Not because the main character is rich, gets A's, has all the freedom she wants, etc. She still seemed like a pretty good leading lady. The issues I had with this was the story itself. The author has...

  • Review: Playing the Player

    Stories featuring two completely different personalities are very high on my “to be read list”. I like to read about how the characters overcome their prejudice toward each other and how they start to see behind all the well build facades. And, of course,...

  • Review: Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru Creative HeArts

    Sloane made a statement with her art that got her arrested. Her parents made the decision to take her away from her friends and family so she will straighten up her act. That's how she ended up in Texas with a cute next door neighbor. Honestly, Ten Things...

  • Review: Initiation The Warrior, #1

    Rachel Clancy lives in an underground habitat where she was born. Rachel is a Warrior that will be sent above ground on her sixteenth birthday to fight the monsters that destroyed everything and caused Armageddon. Rachel lives with her father who is a...

  • Review: Driven The Warrior, #2

    Rachel finely thinks she is getting her life back together after everything that has happened to her. She is surprised she feels like she's over Jason's betrayel and she can now love again. She's sent on an assignment with her new love Chad. Just when...

  • Review: Earth Flight Earth, #3

    When I found out that I was going to be getting an ARC of this I was like I loved the first two books and was so happy to get book three In Earth Flight Jarra is still feisty as ever. She’s handicapped by her immune system that won’t allow her to use...

  • Review: Like It Never Happened

    Like it Never Happened is the debut novel of Emily Adrian who launches into the YA genre with this compelling story surrounding Rebecca Rivers, the girl who finds herself part of the “it” crowd by being cast as the star of the school play. Then she finds...

  • Review: Modern Monsters

    When I began this book I wasn't too sure what to expect. The synopsis was what grabbed me. A seemingly unknown young man suddenly thrown out of obscurity and trying to save himself. Sounded interesting. What I didn't expected was this gripping and emotionally...

  • Review: Crystal Kingdom The Kanin Chronicles, #3

    Another stellar and completely riveting conclusion from Amanda Hocking! Like any fan, I waited patiently since January for this book and like them, I LOVED IT. It should be no surprise because Amanda's books are beyond awesome. Words hardly need to be...

  • Review: Another Day

    Another Day is out of this world---AMAZING. I can't tell you how excited I was to get my hands on this book as I’m such a fan of his first novel. I wasn't sure what to expect, except for exceptional! Of course, I can't give spoilers because where would...

  • Review: The Boy Most Likely To

    You want amazing? It’s right here in The Boy Most Likely To. This book has it and so much more. Who isn't a fan of Huntley Fitzpatrick? I pretty much died and went to book heaven with this bad boy. I've been waiting for some time for Tim's story. I've...

  • Review: The Legend of Ghost Dog Island

    I loved this story and couldn’t put it down. Poor ten-year-old Nikki Landry had a tough time keeping friends because her family constantly moved around the bayou in order for her father to be able to crab in the most ideal spots. In doing this, whatever...

  • Review: Resonance Dissonance, #3

    Why do all the good series have to end? This sequel to the best book ever - Dissonance was epic! This one picks up shortly after book one ends. I think it would have been a little better if it had been like a year or something. Since, of course, if I...

  • Review: Stone Rider

    Okay, so this was a great read. If you are a guy or a girl who loves bikes, or I mean Bykes, then this book is for you! It lays heavy on motor bike details so if bikes aren’t your thing I would probably pass this one by. That being said, I am not so into...

  • Review: Remake

    This book started out so well but shortly into it the story it became full of older Christian values. Woman are there to make man happy end of story. I’m sorry but in this day and age that thought process just doesn't hold water. And I am kind of upset...

  • Review: Jubilee Manor

    This was an awesome sequel! I really loved book one and was ecstatic to read book two, and Jubilee Manor did not disappoint! In this sequel there are some great mysteries to be figured out. I will say that I figured out who the killer was. But, that might...

  • Review: Dragon's Future Dragon Courage Series, #1

    Dragon’s Future by Kandi J Wyatt, young adult e-book, published by Booktrope Publishing, due for release 10th August 2015. During their tenth winter, twins Ruskya and Duskya are chosen to become dragon riders. They leave their home to live in the dragon...

  • Review: Not After Everything

    This book was breathtakingly emotional and heartbreaking all in one. I know that the story and characters are going to stick with me for years to come. And Not After Everything will be one that will live on my shelves as soon as I pick up a finished copy....

  • Review: As Black as Ebony The Snow White Trilogy, #3

    As Black as Ebony is a great story to round up this series to book three. Each story has been set in the same world but all of the adventures are new. In this one of course we get Snow White. You can read the series out of order but I'm a sticker for...

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First Year by Rachel E. Carter

Magic. Romance. War. Perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Falling Kingdoms, and Tamora Pierce.

Before the age of seventeen, the young men and women of Jerar are given a choice --pursue a trade or enroll in a trial year in one of the realm's three war schools to study as a soldier, knight, or mage...

For fifteen-year-old Ryiah, the choice has always been easy. Become a mage and train in Combat, the most prestigious faction of magic.

Yet when she arrives, Ry finds herself competing against friend and foe for one of the exalted apprenticeships. Everyone is rooting for her to fail--first and foremost among them is Prince Darren, the school prodigy who has done nothing but make life miserable since she arrived.

Will Ry survive, or will her dream go down in flames?

*** The first book in The Black Mage series by USA Today bestselling author Rachel E. Carter. ***

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