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Guarding Eden: A Midway Novel Book One (Hidden Wings 6)

By Cameo Renae

~Synopsis~

Tucked away at an upscale, private boarding school in Brindle Hollow, Washington, seventeen-year-old Eden East comes face to face with a hideous creature on her walk back to her dorm. Shaken to her core, she’s left questioning the world around her, and soon finds herself entering a friendship with a hot, new student named Alexander.
Little does she know, Alex is a Guardian Angel, sent from Midway to protect her from those dangerous creatures—known as Darkling—lurking in the forest outside Brindle Hall. It isn’t long before Alex learns this is no ordinary assignment. Eden’s existence holds a secret; something hidden from even herself.
Eden is thrust into a world where Fallen angels and creatures of the Underworld will stop at nothing to catch her. With Alex at her side and a little help from some of his old friends, they form a formidable front against the enemy.
Hopefully, it’s not too little, too late.
Guarding Eden is a Hidden Wings Spin-off Series and a Midway Novel.
Intended for Ages 15 and over


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The Dead Boy’s Club

By Rue Volley

~Synopsis~

“This is a STANDALONE paranormal young adult book that will transport you back to when you first fell in love with the genre. For fans who love Beetlejuice, Twilight, The Addams Family, and Goosebumps.”  The only good club is a dead one.  Fifteen-year-old Harper J. Ellis lives in Juniper Hollow, a hotbed for paranormal activity. Here the dead outnumber the living ten to one, and strange occurrences are a way of life. Most of the residents choose to ignore the odd quirks of the small Victorian town.

But not Harper.

She’s perfectly content to spend her days in the graveyard, reading paranormal romance books at the foot of a tombstone. Like many girls her age, she obsesses over boys. However, it’s her taste for all things strange and unusual that prompt her to start a club.

A pulse isn’t required, but a flair for ghoulish fun is.

Care to join?


The Dead Boy’s Club by Rue Volley – My Review


Release Date: October 31st 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Occult

~Synopsis~

“This is a STANDALONE paranormal young adult book that will transport you back to when you first fell in love with the genre. For fans who love Beetlejuice, Twilight, The Addams Family, and Goosebumps.”  The only good club is a dead one. 

Fifteen-year-old Harper J. Ellis lives in Juniper Hollow, a hotbed for paranormal activity. Here the dead outnumber the living ten to one, and strange occurrences are a way of life. Most of the residents choose to ignore the odd quirks of the small Victorian town.

But not Harper.

She’s perfectly content to spend her days in the graveyard, reading paranormal romance books at the foot of a tombstone. Like many girls her age, she obsesses over boys. However, it’s her taste for all things strange and unusual that prompt her to start a club.

A pulse isn’t required, but a flair for ghoulish fun is.

Care to join?

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~My Review~

The Dead Boys Club is everything my little black goth heart needed! A fantastic and brilliant read! It has been awhile since a book took me back and made me feel nostalgia for the books I read growing up. I fell in love with the town and characters of this story. I really want to move to Juniper Hollow. Halloween all year? Yes please! The story is superbly written and the characters are wonderful. This is the first book I’ve read from Miss Volley and it won’t be the last. Fan for life! I give it 5 stars!

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19 Marigold Lane (Prudence Penderhaus Book 2) by R.M. Gilmore – My Review


Release Date: October 19th 2019

Genre: Young Adult

~Synopsis~

Halloween has passed, and winter is not far ahead, blanketing Flintlock in dreary, foreboding skies and an aura Prudence has never sensed in her sleepy town.
Rumors and speculation about the poor spook-house boy and his little dead brother have begun to spread. Prudence–recovering from surgery–tries to shield Cassius, but it seems rumors are the least of their worries.
When Cassius’s mysteriously elusive neighbor makes himself known, the rules of the game are turned upside down.

As if cancer and my odd boy weren’t enough, the secrets of Flintlock–the fallout of my death-defying bravery–are boiling over faster than I can manage.

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~My Review~

Prudence and the gang are back! Of course there is more mystery and more trouble for them to get into. I was pleased to see the same witty sarcastic banter that I’ve come to love from these characters. 19 Marigold Lane is a lively and enjoyable read. I can’t wait for the next one! I am definitely hooked on this series. I give this 4 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*

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Queen of Someday (Stolen Empire Book 1)

By Sherry D. Ficklin

Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia–at any cost.
Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family–and herself–Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.
Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.
In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?


The Romeo Catchers (The Casquette Girls Book 2) by Alys Arden – My Review


Release Date: May 23rd 2017

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

~Synopsis~

Tormented by the fate she condemned her mother to, and by the lies she’s forced to tell to cover it up, Adele scours Storm-ravaged New Orleans for the truth about her family’s magical past. But every turn leads her back to the one person she’s determined to forget: the vampire Niccolò Medici. Not even the bewitched locks trapping him can break their connection.

Sensing Niccolò calling to Adele, Isaac tries relentlessly to keep her from exploring paths that would endanger them all. But a new threat is rising in New Orleans…an older enemy that will bring Isaac’s haunted past to life, test the witches’ friendships, and jeopardize Adele and Isaac’s blossoming relationship.

In this spellbinding continuation of The Casquette Girls saga, Adele delves into seventeenth-century Florence—a time bubbling with alchemy and fraternal betrayal. As she uncovers long-buried secrets, sorting history from fantasy will be her only hope of saving her mother, her coven, and her magic.

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~My Review~

The city is still in upheaval. Adele and her friends are still researching their ancestors’ history. Adele struggles with her magic and life. Something is stirring and trouble may be heading straight for them.  

What a read! While reading, I can help but feel like I’m instantly transported to New Orleans. I love the author’s style of writing. Again, I love her attention to detail and descriptions in regards to both magic and paranormal. However, I struggled with my feelings about Adele in this book. Some of her choices did not make sense. I felt she was being selfish a lot of the time. It wasn’t enough to spoil the book for me. I just noticed a difference with that particular character. The beginning of the book is slow going but once you’re past it,  it picks up and then you’re in for that ride. That ending though….I need book three NOW! I give this 5 stars. 

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Pieces of Me 

By Carrigan Richards

One second. 

Seventeen-year-old Corinne has everything. Her life. Family. Friends. Boyfriend. But in that one second, she loses it all. Now she’s left with harrowing nightmares. Hallucinations. And panic attacks that seem to come out of nowhere. She tries everything to take the pain away, but there’s only one option she sees as a true way out.

When Corinne is sent to live in a psychiatric institution, she doesn’t want to talk. It’s pointless. They can’t help her. But slowly Corinne opens up and wants to remember what it’s like to be happy so she begins reliving her past life to her doctor. She knows she can’t live in the past, but she sees no future and is faced with the hardest decision of her life.


The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden – My Review


Release Date: November 17th 2015

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

~Synopsis~

After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne and her father are among the first to return. Adele wants nothing more than to resume her normal life, but with the silent city resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal needs a new definition.

Strange events—even for New Orleans—lead Adele to an attic that has been sealed for three hundred years. The chaos she accidentally unleashes threatens not only her but also everyone she knows.

Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, Adele must untangle a web of magic that weaves the climbing murder rate back to her own ancestors. But who can you trust in a city where everyone has secrets and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless…you’re immortal.

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~My Review~

The Casquette Girls is a hauntingly beautiful story that is deeply rooted in rich New Orleans culture. There’s also the history of magic and vampires present throughout the story. I fell in love with this world and the characters.

As I started this book, I noticed it was a bit slow going. I stopped a few times because it was slow. I kept waiting for more to happen. There is quite a bit of backstory and building of the worlds. Once I hit part two though, I was like ooooh here we go! I see what you did Miss Arden!
I finished the book and kind of sat there like, wow. Mind blown. I see a trip to New Orleans in my future.

I got to meet Alys Arden at Hallowread two years ago. Her books caught my eye. She was super nice and had really cool Tarot Cards as swag! Yes I am just reading them. I’m glad I finally did!! I am hooked and Miss Arden has a new fan. If you’re a fan of magic and paranormal, this book and series is for YOU! I give this 5 stars!

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17 Marigold Lane by R.M. Gilmore – My Review

Release Date: July 22nd 2019

Genre: Teen & Young Adult

~Synopsis~

Prudence Penderhaus, a high school senior recently diagnosed with cancer, uncovers an odd boy and small-town corruption under dreary Pacific Northwest skies in this dark and quirky coming-of-age mystery.

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~My Review~

17 Marigold Lane is a unique and heartfelt read. I did not expect this book to affect me the way it did. Prudence is a quirky and a special girl. Her strength and will to do the right thing made this story a standout for me. Following some terrible news, Pru decides to live life. Take some chances. Once chance leads her to Cassius.

This is a new to me author. I appreciated the fact that a character with special needs was represented. The story had a nice flow. Some moments that pulled on my heart strings. Others that had me angry. That all makes for a pretty good story. I hope there’s another book. I would love to read more from Pru and her crew. I give this 4 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*

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