Book Review: Atancia by Wren Figueiro

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Atancia by Wren Figueiro is a YA or NA Paranormal Urban Fantasy Romance….that’s a mouthful!23076121.ChippyWithaMouthful That’s at least how I would describe it. Atancia, or “Atty” as she is referred to, is a typical college student. She’s responsible, shy, respectful, and very loving to her adopted grandmother.  After witnessing a death, she experiences what she believes is a series of panic attacks.  For some reason this onset of panic attacks triggers her Nana to mention something Atty’s long lost mother had told her.

This secret, in turn, puts Atty on a journey to figure out the mystery of her missing mother and who she really is.  Along the way she meets a mysterious guy named Ben. Ben is wealthy, handsome, and an all around perfect guy with seemingly no flaws.  Atty and Ben hit it off and find themselves attached to each other pretty quickly.  Ben drops the bombshell of Atty’s origins and invites her to his home in Australia to explore further.

I have to say the premise of this book sounds pretty good on the surface.  In fact it isn’t too bad.  You’ve got a family origins mystery to solve, exploring supernatural powers, and traveling the world. It’s got a lot of pluses in it.  I have to say though, I couldn’t connect with the characters very well.  It felt like I was being “told” a story rather than being invited in to the story.  Like when your co worker tells you about their weekend on a Monday before you’ve finished your coffee; you hear what they’re saying but it’s just not connecting in your brain yet.frog21 (1)  The story also moves a bit slow and and the pacing is all over the place. Also the characters are too good to be true. I know authors love their characters and will defend them to the death…which is a good thing. In order to have a character be believable they need to have some sort of flaw…even a small one. Atty is perfect. She reacts normally and sanely in any situation, which drove me a little crazy. For example….Ben drops a bombshell out of the blue about his origins, and has some insight into hers as well, and it’s like she shrugs her shoulders and that’s it. No questioning, no freak out, nothing. Even a calm and in control person would have some sort of reaction to crazy information.

When the setting moves from Miami, Florida to Australia’s Blue Mountains things perked up a bit.  It was refreshing to see Australia that way, as I’ve never been. It actually made me think about putting it on my travel bucket list.frabz-I-should-visit-Australia-39ebc9

I think this would be really good with a little revision and tweaking so I’m giving it 3 out of 5 stars. Atancia is the first book in the Durand Duology series and the sequel: For Atancia is also available.  For more information check out the links below:

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Book Review: Dark Dreams and Dead Things by Martina McAtee

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So, where did I leave off? Oh yeah, totally fangirling about Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things! Well, Book 2, the above mentioned Dark Dreams and Dead Things is being released TODAY!!! I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Reader Copy last week, so I could deliver the scoop today!

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Now we are at a pivotal point in time for our characters and while the 3 (Kai, Ember, Tristan) figure out how to control their powers, the threat of the Grove, and a coven full of truly heinous mean girls; the rest of the pack has to figure out how to stop a nasty troop of immortal assassins known as the Legionnaires. If that isn’t enough to get your anxiety pumping, they need to find a mysterious witch with a serious power to help them, Ember can’t find Mace…who happens to be in a terrible awful place, Rhys and Kai are trying to deal with emotions (and by now we know how that works out most of the time) Tristen is being a well…I’ll let this handy little gif explain it tumblr_n4lvqt4QGm1r6hoj2o2_250:

Haha bet you thought I was gonna say the B word! But anyway, shizz has hit the fan and our brave band of heroes has a full plate.  Plus there’s an uber creepy stalkery magician type playing head games.  Not Cool.

This book was so jam packed with action that it was hard to believe it was a sequel.  Most of the time second books are fillers to move on to the next installment and elicit little emotion from me. This one was soooo good! and it still forwarded the overall plot and made me look forward to Book 3!

I’m happily giving it 5 out of 5 stars! I also recommend this one to the 15yrs and up crowd due to the teen drama and supernatural type violence. Gotta say my favorite line in the book was when Tristin and Ember were fighting it out and then this happened…”So you’re a bitch because you’re hungry?” Ember can deliver some good ones! OMG laughed out  tumblr_inline_nzmzrlN1F11te58zi_500loud! It also made me think a little about how I feel about Miss T. Dunno if it was McAtee’s intention and this is purely my opinion, but she is a female Dean Winchester.  She’s loyal, loves her brother to her detriment, get’s real HANGRY, is very stabby, and isn’t so good with feelings.  I’m starting to think I actually love Tristin and that’s a sign of a good writer. When she creates a character that you hate, but then starts making you see all of the pieces of them.  So while I’m putting Tristan on my Christmas card list, but not the fancy one with my family picture, the generic one with the random message that you pick up at Kmart.  I’ll wait until book 3 to see if she gets upgraded! Good Job, Martina McAtee and Happy Book Birthday!

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Book Review: The Witnessing of Matlyn Wren by Jennifer Lynn January

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The Witnessing of Matlyn WrenThe Witnessing of Matlyn Wren by Jennifer Lynn January

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Every now and then I sign up for review requests and receive them. This book was described to me as Urban Fantasy, which it is, but it’s more like Urban Erotic Fantasy. That’s not my normal jam, but I liked it well enough. The author has a vast array of colorful characters and vividly captures what I think New 815ea60538261f3943b04975273552b6Orleans must be like. (Never been there, but I’ve heard things lol) The premise of the story is pretty good. Beings known as Omens are bearing witness to important moments in the lives of regular people. There are Light and Dark Omens and are just as you could imagine. Light Omens witness the good happening to a deserving person, while Dark Omens witness, well Dark events in a person’s life before they ultimately end. The subject they are witnessing then appears as a story tatooed on the Watcher’s body.
Baker, a Dark
Omen is witnessing Matlyn Wren, while Ingrid, a Light Omen is simultaneously witnessing her sister Parrish. It was neat to read these stories simultaneously and compare the differences.
Baker finds himself in a bit of a pickle when his jaded sensibilities are washed away and he develo55047970ps an intense attraction to his latest charge…Matlyn.
Not a fan of erotic elements, but technically speaking, the writer has a good character development and the story progression was a bit confusing because it went back and forth through time. I do have to say that I was glad I got a chance to read
this because it made me hop out of my YA comfort bubble. Change is a good thing!
All in all I give it a 4 star review and recommend it to 18yrs and up crowd for explicit material. Happy Reading!da71a62bce8dca0ecc43c99af4e94325

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Book Review: Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things by Martina McAtee

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Gonna start this one off a little differently….with an excerpt from the Author’s Bio.

….Her influences include Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, Joss Whedon, L.J. Smith and even J.K. Rowling….”  After reading this how could you not be interest in the world she’s created? I mean I like those people too.  So, let’s delve into Bell Haven, a weird little town based in Florida.

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The book starts off like most epic YA Paranormal books. The main character believes he/she is a normal teen with popularity issues and a not so great home life and when a tragedy strikes them, they discover their entire life was a lie.  Like I said, starts off easy well, but the way McAtee writes, it’s so much more.  Ember is a normal enough teenage girl.  She lives with her dad, a mean alcoholic, and works part time at a funeral parlor. Okay, so a teen working at a funeral parlor isn’t normal, that might be why she’s not very popular…I don’t really know. Ember would rather spend all her time with the dead than the living and finds solace at the funeral parlor and uses the cemeteries of New Orleans as her own private playground.  We meet Ember on the day of her own father’s funeral.  Instead of mourning him, she is working.  Mr. Miller, her boss basically forces her to attend his burial and take some time off.  This is the catalyst that will change her life forever.

While at her father’s graveside service, Ember begins to feel different, ill.  While trying to get control of herself and not cause a scene, she notices a weird guy lurking around.  Before she can think on it, he’s gone and she mysteriously feels much better.

Meanwhile in the tiny town of Bell Haven, twins Kai and Tristen are having a regular day at school. Well, as regular a day as you can have when you attend a high school full of supernatural beings.   Kai is a reaper….as in Grim and Tristen is a banshee.  Kai notices that he’s up to collect a soul and that soul happens to be his dead cousin.  Tristen without warning lets out a banshee scream, which is crazy because apparently, she hadn’t been able to do it since she was a young child.  So now we have 2 mysteries set up.  Fun Fun.

Turns out that Ember is the soul Kai is supposed to collect and the reason why Tristen screamed for the first time in years.  The cousins reunite while trying to save Ember from meeting her end.  Turns out the mystery guy she saw in the cemetery might want to kill her and since, her name was on Kai’s collection to do list, it seemed obvious to everyone that they should incapacitate Ember’s attacker and abduct her back to Bell Haven, where their guardian Isa can help them figure out what’s going on.

Of course, things aren’t that easy to fix and lot’s of messy, angsty, teen filled supernatural drama awaits you!

I could go on from here but I’m not.  This book has a large cast of characters each with a side story.  It’s also very detailed and the world building is extremely well done.  I don’t feel like I could do it justice….so you’re gonna have to read it yourself!

This book is the first in a series, the second one Dark Dreams and Dead things comes out tomorrow and I’ll have a few words to say about that after it releases 😉 .  I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I haven’t been this obsessed with a series since Cassandra Clare introduced us to Shadowhunters!  The characters made me run the full gamut of emotions.  Happy, Giddy, Sad, Angry, Depressed, Hysterical.  All the guys are my new book boyfriends and the girls are people I wanna hang with…except Tristan, she’s been excluded from my Christmas Card list, for reasons described within the book.

I happily give this book 5 out of 5 stars and will obsess over it the same way I do Supernatural.  My love runs deep and true with this one! It’s YA and fairly clean.  There are53914-Supernatural-fangirling-gif-yP8E normal teen shenanigans and some naughty behavior, but I’d recommend it for the 15 years old and up crowd.  Below are the appropriate stalking links ( I don’t mean physical or illegal stalking either!!! Best behavior people!!!)

 

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Author Spotlight!

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*´¨✫) AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT
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✮ (¸.•´✶ (¸. SF Benson

SF Benson, a Michigan native, resides in Georgia with her husband, a human daughter, and a couple of miniature fur kids (two female short-haired guinea pigs). At one time she wrangled a household which included three Samoyeds, saltwater fish, a hamster, and three guinea pigs.
SF has always wanted to be a writer, but she’s had a variety of positions ‘feeding’ her creative brain—blogger/reviewer, customer service representative, veterinary assistant, marketing assistant, editorial assistant, receptionist, and even cashier for women’s clothing and shoes.
She’s an avid bookworm who appreciates a well-written book regardless of genre. SF prefers to write stories which allow her to answer the question “what if”. She leans towards writing strong, diverse protagonists set in dystopian, science fiction, or paranormal worlds.

Email: sfbenson@authorsfbenson.com
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Instagram: @authorsfbenson

Her books consist of:
The Alliance Chronicles is a post-apocalyptic series which takes place after the fall of the United States in the year 2025. The American Republic is run by scientists and technologists. Creativity is banned. A mandatory vaccine, given to only seventeen-year-olds, has weird side effects.
Tru Shepard and Zared Aoki, two teens with a shared past, team up to uncover the secrets of the New Order government. The fate of humanity depends on their success.
GENRE: YOUNG-ADULT DYSTOPIA
PAGE COUNT: 310
PURCHASE LINKS: (paperback) http://amzn.to/22FZE4h
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TITLE: AND THE WORLD WILL BURN
GENRE: DYSTOPIA
PAGE COUNT: 202
PURCHASE LINKS: (ebook) https://www.amazon.com/World-Will-Burn-Dystop…/…/ref=sr_1_2…
DESCRIPTION: What will the end of the world be like? What do you envision for a world after? This is the topic of this anthology, and all proceeds go to the Amputee Coalition of America!

Coming soon:
Secret Identity & Against the Odds

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Book Review:Charmed and Dangerous by Debbie Herbert

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Just got done blotting my eyes with a hankie. This one was a good one and it definitely gave me the “feels”.

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Charmed and Dangerous is Book 1 in Debbie Herbert’s Appalachian Magic Series.  It features a young lady named Callie and and the mysterious immortal James, with whom Callie feels an immediate connection to. I know, I know, you’re thinking “Twilight Alert!” But I’m gonna stop you there. It’s not that kind of paranormal romance.

Callie is a witch slated to come into immense power and James isn’t a vampire. He’s immortal, like that 80’s movie my mom really really loved, not sure if I’m allowed to mention it by name so I’ll slap on a meme so you’ll get the reference :

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So back to the review. Callie is a young witch, who has moved back to her hometown in Alabama in an effort to end the estrangement with her mother and grandmother.  Shortly into her stay with them, she comes across James.  He’s hot, he’s nice, he’s funny, and he’s hot. What more could a girl want? Both of them instantly feel a connection when they touch. It’s pure energy, and as it would happen; lightening strikes when they meet the first time. 🙂 While they seem to hit it off, neither one wants to tell the other their secrets.

Callie is a witch in danger from her evil father and James belongs to a deadly race of immortal beings who fight to the death anytime they come across another of their kind.  Eventually, the dangers in their lives become too real to hide and they come clean.  Now the obstacles set before them are pretty hard to overcome.  Callie is mortal, James is not. Witches are natural enemies of Immortals. Callie’s father will stop at nothing to claim her and her powers for evil. James has a complete stunner of an ex girlfriend pining for him.

Debbie Herbert tackles all these problems skillfully.  She weaves a tale full of romance and adventure. It’s funny and sensual and pretty fast paced. It will activate all of your feelings! To sum it up in a quick sentence with television references its : Highlander meets Charmed.  I loved every single word I read and give it 5 out of 5 stars!  Once you’ve read  this one, you should check out my review of Book 2 in the series: Changeling.  Both books are New Adult Paranormal Romance and are sensual but not graphic. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

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Book Review: The Gate Of Dawn by Marina J. Neary

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Wowee! I literally just finished this book and had to immediately come here to write my thoughts while they’re still fresh.

**Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an HONEST review**

The Gate of Dawn is a novel set in the city of Vilnius in the 1880’s, which is a melting pot of Russians, Germans, Poles, and Jews; all trying to get ahead. The story is centered around Renate Lichtner, a 15 year old art student and heiress to a textile fortune.  Renate lives a life of privilege and her only concerns are her father and her art. Due to a tragic and fatal accident, her father dies and seals her fate with a bizarre deathbed contract.

He promises his beloved daughter to Thaddeus a widowed Polish landowner who fancies himself a man of the people and spends his days in the trenches with his field workers. His world and values are the complete opposite of Renate’s.  Having no say in the matter, Renate finds herself isolated and alienated on her new husband’s crumbling estate.

Eventually, after a few events, she manages to return to Vilnius and her former lover. While Renate is trying to forget her new home, her husband’s loyal servants scheme behind her back and develop wild  and dark fantasies about her.  Ultimately this book is a tale of dark plots and old folklore twisted to suit the minds of those out for vengeance.

This story reminded me of a twisted and gender flipped Cinderella.  Renate is the wealthy princess married off to poor peasant.  It’s like a look into the epilogue of the fairy tale we all know and love. Neary also has a complex and extremely well fleshed out cast of characters.  I found myself interested in ALL of their stories and felt like all of her characters were important and not just mere sidekicks.

Neary is an excellent writer.  She has a dark sense of humor which I appreciate and it comes out in her writing.  While this isn’t a comedy, I found myself smiling as much as I grimaced.

“Her latest novel, “The Gate Of Dawn” is set in 19th century Lithuania, the land of her paternal ancestors. The gruesome events described in the novel took place in her ancestral estate on the border of Lithuania and what is now northwestern Belarus” ( Source: The Gate Of Dawn in the About The Author Section)

I read that tidbit and my eyes bulged out of my head, granted my eyes are a bit bulgy anyway but, this time they were even more bulgier. Honestly, how does this not make the story you just ingested even more interesting? Seriously, still digesting that part.  I gladly give this book a 5 out of 5 Stars! I would recommend it those who enjoy Horror, Historical, and those who prefer novels on the darker side.  I loved it. It has some gruesome acts and some sexual content, but nothing too graphic so I would feel comfortable PERSONALLY letting older teens read this; say 15 and up.

Another book of Neary’s is Saved By The Bang, which is a satirical autobiographical account of her childhood. She grew up near Chernobyl and was there during the nuclear catastrophe. ….Read my review of that one HERE .

The Gates of Dawn are available on all the major online retailers and through Penmore Press

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