Saturday, February 20, 2016

Anathema by Megg Jensen

Forget prophecy. Make your own destiny.

Sheltered from the outside world with no hope for escape, slave girl Reychel dreads her fifteenth birthday - when her master’s symbol is burned on the back of her bald scalp. Her best friend disappears the night before, leaving her to face the branding ceremony alone. She soon discovers nothing is as it seems when people desperate for freedom beg for Reychel's help.

Can Reychel learn to believe in herself?

I loved the pacing of the story. All of the little pieces unraveling at the perfect time. I sat and read this book all the way through in one day and found it highly enjoyable and different than anything I have read recently. The idea that the slaves/workers had to shave their heads to symbolize their position in the society. Then to actually have their masters symbols burned into the back of their skull? Seriously? Ow.

When Reychel wakes up to find her friend gone from the bed, the rumor starts immediately that she was taken, as this is a common thing. But Reychel spreads the rumor that she just woke up early and is around doing her chores. But the token she finds beneath the bed leads to her know better. That is the symbol that she will not be back. Reychel eventually escapes and must find somewhere to hide but her shaved skull is a dead giveaway that she is a slave and should not be out. There are different characters she meets in her travels. But she has a destiny that must be fulfilled.
There is a mixture of several great characters and magic. Reychel is a strong and feisty main character. I loved the last couple of chapters and the how all of the events eventually end. Very happy that this is only the beginning to a series.
I enjoyed that fact that even though there is a boy, and somewhat of a romantic interest there is not really any romance exactly that overwhelms what is really going on here. I loved that. Cute and funny moments, great writing and it had me hooked.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Tour Stop! Elementals by Michelle Maddow

Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows is the first in a new series that fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle will love!

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About Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows:

Title: Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows
Author: Michelle Madow
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Series: Elementals #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: eBook and paperback
ISBN: 2940152448849

Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows is the first in a new series that fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle will love!

When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers—and, to her dismay, by Blake—the school’s notorious bad-boy.

Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect—it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.

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     For fans of The Sweep Series by Cait Tiernan. A young elemental who has no idea she has any magic powers discovers that she is the missing link to a group of very strong and powerful teens. \
    When Nicole begins her first day at a new school she is surprised to find herself in all AP classes. Her homeroom is the most mysterious of all as it only contains other students who have powers. Darius is not only their homeroom teacher, but one who also guides the class into using their powers. It turns out that Nicole is a natural, not only that her presence seems to provide a small group of classmates with stronger abilities, she has been the missing link.
     As the group discovers which element fits them and they begin to hone in their powers, Darius gives Nicole a parchment to translate. Together Nicole and the group will solve the puzzles, finding themselves in danger from other worldly creatures and also, maybe find love along the way

About Michelle Madow:

Michelle Madow grew up in Baltimore, graduated Rollins College in Orlando, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida. She wrote her first book in her junior year of college, and has been writing novels since. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle has toured across America to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

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