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    Miss Mayhem had the book-two-syndrome if I ever saw it. It has the same great cast of characters. Same kick butt heroine. But there was just something about it that made it fall flat. This book two in the Rebel Belle series picks up where book one left...

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    How can I put this nicely? I started reading this and was so excited at how it started. Then I started getting the vibe that it was like another book I had looked at. This one is very similar to another book called Daughter of Smoke and Bone. And where...

  • Review: When the Crows Fly Low

    This story was not only an intensely beautiful read, but it was also heart-wrenching with its diverse plot. From the opening chapter the author held my attention throughout the book, and by doing so the story flowed perfectly without anything missing...

  • Review: First There Was Forever

    First There Was Forever was slow at the beginning but picked up a few chapters in. I was a little disappointed with the friendship between the two main characters. I expected best friends to be closer but their relationship seemed a bit one sided. However...

  • Review: Edison's Alley The Accelerati Trilogy, #2

    Edison's Alley was a fresh and interesting story with a cast of amazingly unique characters. Even the villains of this story added to an already refreshing story. I have never read anything quite like this before. My favorite character was Petula because...

  • Article: Readers Choose the Direction in One Prince, Two Kingdoms by Jana Grissom

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  • Review: End of Days Penryn & the End of Days, #3

    This was a great end to this series. End of Days picks up right where World After ends. Penryn and Raffe are in a race to get his wings back, to protect her family and to find some sort of solution to the problems they're all in. The story was fast paced...

  • Review: Chosen Ones Lost Souls, #1

    Chills -- the first few pages of this book gave me chills right away. From the sterile, no-nonsense world of the Chosen Ones, we see what the world would be like if emotions and human drives could be removed from existence. There are so many good lines...

  • Review: Hexed The Sisters of Witchdown, #1

    Hexed is pretty cool. It is the first book based on the comic of the same name. I have to say that this Hexed book was much better than the other story with the same name that I read last year. Where that one had a lot of things in the plot that just...

  • Review: The Mermaid's Sister

    Carrie Anne Noble has created a fantasy world that dragged me into the story on the first page due to the lively characters that stayed in my mind after reading this story. Yet, one of the heroines of this story got on my nerves with all the whining she...

  • Review: The Isle of the Lost The Descendants, #1

    So I started this book not knowing that it was a prequel to a new Disney to TV movie. Well I shortly found out when my 10 year old was reading behind my back and all of a sudden screamed in my ear and ripped the book away. She then went to her room and...

  • Article: One Prince, Two Kingdoms by Jana Grissom #CoverReveal

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  • Review: Fury Blur Trilogy, #2

    I didn’t realize that it was a book two. But luckily I already had book one! Lucky! So this is the continuing story of Daniel and his visions. He thinks they are gone but quickly into this story they have returned! This was a fast paced thriller with...

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

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  • 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...

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    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....

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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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