• Article: Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep #Excerpt

    Jennifer Estep joins us today to share her latest release. Cold Burn of Magic starts out a new YA urban fantasy series..  Cold Burn of Magic - Black Blade, #1 THERE BE MONSTERS HERE… It’s not as great as you’d think, living in...

  • Review: Seeker Seeker, #1

    I was really hoping for something akin to The Seeker series that is all wizards etc. And then I saw that this was supposed to be for fans of The Hunger Games and The Game of Thrones. So I jumped and grabbed it and started reading. Well what I found was...

  • Review: Sophomore Year Is Greek to Me

    This was a very realistic story! It was a very fast read and very cute. With laugh out loud humor this story is a great read for anyone who wants something light. The ending is the best, with its realistic story this one also has a very real ending. Which...

  • Review: Atlantis Rising

    I purchased Atlantis Rising for my niece before even reading it. The cover of this book just called out to me. While the story seemed like it would be trite and redundant (think Twilight without the vampires), it ended up being a decent book. I especially...

  • Review: The Fire Sermon The Fire Sermon, #1

    I had such high hopes for this book. When reading the synopsis it sounded absolutely amazing. The idea of people being born into pairs and then being split into different societies after birth really had me. But when I started to read this, the words...

  • Review: The Book of Ivy

    This post-apocalyptic novel has a great storyline. The deep message of misplaced trust rings loud and clear with The Book of Ivy. It's so easy to relate to the main character, Ivy, as she struggles to make sense of her world. I read books to preview for...

  • Review: Shadow Scale Seraphina, #2

    I read book one forever ago and although I didn’t die hard love it, I did like it. When I saw that I could get book two I jumped at the chance to see where the story went. This one fell way short for me. Seraphina book one was so much better compared...

  • Review: Grasshopper Jungle

    Grasshopper Jungle is another amazing story from Andrew Smith who is an exceptional storyteller. The book is about how a town is taken over by giant praying mantises that only does two things. The plot of this book is so unbelievable but that is just...

  • Review: Instinct Chronicles of Nick, #6

    THIS BOOK IS JUST AMAZING!! I have been a fan of this series since before it even started. We first get a look at Nick in the adult Dark Hunter series where he is kind of a flunky to one of the Dark Hunters. Then all of a sudden he gets his own series....

  • Review: Half Wild The Half Bad Trilogy, #2

    Review done by a friend of CrossroadReview / Jessica. I was a HUGE fan of “Half Bad” the first novel in this trilogy. It had an unconventional way of telling the story which grabbed me right out of my seat. When Jessica gave this one to me to read I think...

  • Review: Miles from Nowhere

    Miles From Nowhere starts out with Chelsea Morris who has dreams of the fashion world. That dream will start in the fall, when the responsible, and dependable Chelsea will leave for New York City to start college. She wants to live it up during her last...

  • Review: No One Like You Barefoot William Beach

    Professional baseball player Rylan Cates needs to hire a temp assistant to fill in for his regular assistant who is on her honeymoon. Beth Avery is a candidate who applies for the position, but unfortunately she misses the part of the want ad that states...

  • Review: Silent Alarm

    In Silent Alarm you get a firsthand account on what it would be like if there was a school shooting. The twist with this one is that the one who did the shooting was your older brother. Alys has to deal with the after math of her brother killing 15 people...

  • Review: The ThicketyThe Whispering Trees The Thickety, #2

    The Thickety picks up where book one left off! I will warn you this does not have a good solid story ending. You will get a CLIFFHANGER!!! And yes it will kill you. This was an amazing book two!!! I cannot believe that this was so good. It was better...

  • Review: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Book One

    I really tried to love The Haunting of Sunshine Girl. The plot sounded right up my alley. I’m into ghosts and a good mystery. But shortly into it you realize that this is not written for the teen audience. It reads more like a younger teen to higher middle...

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews Salla Simukka

    Current Release: As White as Snow What's your book about? It is the second book of the Snow White Trilogy, a Nordic thriller about a young girl named Lumikki Andersson who finds herself in a dangerous situation in Prague trying to solve the secret of...

  • Review: The Shadow Cabinet The Shades of London, #3

    Well, after speed reading books one and two, over the past day, I am very happy that I had this book three. Book two ends on a cliffhanger that would have killed me if I would have read it when it was out back in 2012. This is the LONG awaited book three...

  • Review: Mortal Danger The Immortal Game, #1

    This intriguing young adult story provides a sobering look at the repercussions of bullying but has a delicious and thought-provoking paranormal aspect. It is somewhat disconcerting that Edie's planned revenge seems to be regularly circumvented by unusual...

  • Review: An Uncertain Choice

    Although this book was really good. The ending was very lacking. I wish it had more closure. I understand that this is a book one. But it would have been nice to have it wrapped up in the end. I saw another review that says that you should just skip the...

  • Review: How (Not) to Fall in Love

    I loved everything about this debut novel; absolutely everything. From the first page I was pulled into this magnificent story about love, friendship, family and second chances. This story is 400 pages long, but was still a quick read for me. The author...

  • Review: The Alex Crow

    Out of all of the books I have read by Andrew Smith, The Alex Crow is the most unique story. The fact that Smith can take multiple stories and deftly weave them together shows what a talented writer he is. I admit that I was confused by the changes in...

  • Review: The Seventh

    I felt bad for Mimi because I know what it’s like to be an outcast and have people judge you, even when they don’t truly know you. In Mimi’s case her situation is ghosts, as in she sees them. Since she was thirteen she has collected ghosts and she currently...

  • Review: I Was Here

    Ugh this one is way different than Forman's other books. This book is very slow for one thing. The other thing is it does a lot of telling instead of showing. Which I think is funny because when I went to Leaky Con 14' that was one of the main things...

  • Article: Character Interview From Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy #BookGiveaway

    Meet the Elite Teen Fighter Pilots of the United Star Academy Full Name: CHASE (TOURN) HARCOURT Call Sign: NYX Position: Pilot Height: 5’7” Hair Color: Brown faux hawk Eye Color: Brown Age: 17 Originally from: Detroit, Michigan Plane name...

  • Review: Walking the Dog

    I have to be honest and say that although this was a good story overall, there were some parts that I thought moved a bit slow for my taste. Having said that, I really admired Jared Westin because no matter what anyone thought about Sophie, the late in...

  • Review: Frostfire Kanin Chronicles, #1

    Kanin Chronicles is a spinoff of Amanda's Trylle series which was very entertaining and I highly recommend. First off, if you are looking for this series to be similar, then don’t. They are different. Bryn is so different from Wendy in the Trylle series....

  • Review: Super Pop! Pop Culture Top Ten Lists to Help You Win at Trivia, Survive in the Wild, and Make It Through the Holidays

    For me, pop culture is always fun and interesting to read and this book brings us much of it. Some is older than what I would consider pop culture of today, but not less interesting. There are chapters full of lists, and tidbits about them, to keep readers...

  • Review: The Disobedient Queen Katherine of Valois

    Katherine of Valois became the wife of King Henry V of England. She grew to love her husband and was saddened at his death. When she fell in love with Owen Tudor, she defied all laws and became his wife. This union began the dynasty of the House of Tudor....

  • Review: All the Bright Places

    What a beautifully disturbing, haunting, heart wrenching, heartwarming, young adult novel. Finch and Violet are an unlikely pair. Finch, a misunderstood misfit, and Violet, more popular and accepted by their high school peers, meet in an unlikely place...

  • Article: City Love by Susane Colasanti

    The awesome Susane Colasanti is giving away an ARC of her April 21st release of City Love! City Love Three different teenage girls learn how to navigate their hearts and NYC. City Love is the start of a romantic new series for fans of Sarah Dessen,...

  • Review: The Cipher

    This techno thriller is very close to the real world. Which just made it really creepy! Robert (Smiles) was a very good and convincing character. With a side cast of techno geeks this story will grip you until the end pages. These characters are set for...

  • Review: Girl in a Funk: Quick Stress Busters (and Why They Work)

    Quick Stress Busters offers plenty of tips for teenage girls to use to help them relax and unwind when they are stressed out. From telling a teen to write her feelings out on paper; to making your own tea bath, from teaching short exercises to uncramp...

  • Review: Start It Up The Complete Teen Business Guide to Turning Your Passions into Pay

    In this informative book geared to young budding entrepreneurs, Ms. Rankin provides pivotal data for young adults to think about and use in order to make their new businesses successful. She provides sample business plans for them to look over and gives...

  • Review: Elixir

    Before I proceed with this review, I must first say that I really don’t like reading stories written in the present tense. Some people have no problem with them, but some people do. I am in the latter camp. This was a huge factor in my decision not to...

  • Review: The Eighth Guardian Annum Guard Book, #1

    I had a hard time reading The Eighth Guardian. While the story concept was great the actual story telling was not for me. I want a book that catches my attention within the first 50 to 100 pages and unfortunately with every chapter that I read, I couldn't...

  • Article: LINES: Behind The Books & Movie by Ashley C. Harris

    Lines, three short controversial YA novellas about blackmail, manipulation, dangerous love, and drugs.  Find out how these novellas are intertwined with an independent movie that has been filmed by a young women like never before. In this post get...

  • Review: Sudden Secrets

    Sudden Secrets is an interesting YA book written by C. Lee McKenzie. It’s entertaining enough for anyone to enjoy, regardless of age. The storyline is easy to follow, and gives you enough history on the characters to allow you to relate and enjoy them....

  • Interview: Tamazon Interviews Gayle Forman

    Current Release: I Was Here Do you choose the titles for your books? Yes, except my first non-fiction You Can't Get There from Here. I had it foisted on me and I hate it. What inspired you to write YA and is it the first genre you wrote? No, my first...

  • Review: I Kissed a Ghoul

    You would think that being the mayor’s son would automatically make you popular. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for Tommy Wharton. As a matter of fact, he gets picked on for being overweight. However, there are some perks like using his dad’s campaign...

  • Review: Covenant's End A Widdershins Adventure, #4

    It was hard to sit down and start Covenant’s End, knowing it would be the last adventure of Widdershins and Olgun. How do you say goodbye to a character like Widdershins? When you are Ari Marmell, you do it the hard way, no corners cut, no feelings spared....

  • Review: Blackout Annum Guard Book, #2

    I thought Blackout was book one to the Annum Guard series and then found out that it was book two. I have since ordered book one. Oh my God, this book was so good! Even without reading book one I wasn’t too lost. A friend had read book one, so if I had...

  • Review: Bridges Burned Going Down in Flames, #2

    Bridges Burned caught my eye not only by its book cover, but a friend of mine told me about the series by Chris Cannon, and said I would check it out. I wound up buying the first book and loving it. So, I was happy to see this book on the Night Owl Review...

  • Review: The Conspiracy of Us

    I don't know where to start on this one. It was up in the air for me, at points I really loved this one and at points I was left feeling confused and other points I felt like this story shouldn't end to feeling like it couldn't get over quick enough....

  • Article: Puzzling Through the Science of Time Travel by Meredith McCardle

      I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved a good time travel story. Must be the history buff in me. When I set out to write my series, I wanted to know whether time travel was actually, scientifically possible. And the answer is...

  • Review: The Law of Loving Others

    I tried so hard to finish this book. It isn't that long and the plot was very interesting. But this book has a lot of drug use and a lot of screwed up relationships as well as a lot of cheating. I think the writing itself was done very well. But the story...

  • Review: Revealed A House of Night Novel, #11

    This new adult paranormal series is written by a wonderfully talented mother-daughter team who have created a fascinatingly textured universe with humans and vampyres coexisting. The youngsters in this particular corner of the world have experienced extreme...

  • Review: Kalona's Fall A House of Night Novella #4

    This intriguing introduction to the mythology that underlies the vampyre society that is part of the ‘House of Night’ series provides a fascinating perspective of some of the key characters. The twist on certain aspects of traditional mythology and the...

  • Review: Cress Lunar Chronicles, #3

    Cress by Marissa Meyer is the third novel in her Lunar Chronicles, a series that has a legion of devoted fans who adore Marissa’s unique futuristic characters spun from classic fairytales. In this book, instead of being trapped in a tower struggling with...

  • Review: Stolen Heart of Dread, #2

    Stolen started out really well. It has a fast paced start and it was going very well. But, somewhere along the way it got lost. The story took a turn for the worst and just started to drag. I really loved the story. It made me think about the storyline...

  • Review: The Terminals

    The Terminals was supposed to be an action packed, pulse-thudding thriller. But, what I got was a water down story where people do things with no thought. This one started out so well. You have an enhanced girl trying to get away from the bad guys who...

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Olivia's Escape by Cindy A. Matthews, Adrian J. Matthews

Seventeen-year-old Olivia Brown is abducted on her way home from a night out and wakes up to find herself imprisoned by a vampiric race in a dark city bathed in eternal night. Hernando, a handsome half-human slave, reveals what is intended for her - they want her blood for the upcoming festival. Together they escape, and find friends and allies in unexpected places.

Joining a resistance cell, they help plot a revolution and fall in love. Their group plans to take control of the Portal, a teleportation device that links Earth to the world of BloodDark. Getting into the City of Night is a challenge. A narrow window of opportunity opens - but what awaits them in the caverns located deep beneath the city?

Will Olivia and Hernando survive the battle? If she returns to Earth, will Olivia ever see Hernando again?

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