Review: Way Down Below by Nicole Thorn and Sarah Hall

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It’s been a minute, but I’m back with a new review!large Today’s review: Way Down Below by Nicole Thorn and Sarah Hall, is a YA/NA Paranormal Romance.

Blurb: ” Ever since Luc Bishop’s brother died, he and his sisters have been hunting his killer. The last thing Luc expected was to meet Shiloh.

Shiloh Whittaker has spent her entire life trapped by her family’s religious beliefs. When she meets Luc, her entire world is turned upside down. For the last couple of years, Shiloh and her best friend, Faith, have been pulling away from their structured upbringing.

Then they meet the Bishops, three of many children Lucifer has sired. Shiloh wants nothing to do with them, but finds herself caught up in their lives when their brother’s killer comes back to play. With the killer circling, and Shiloh torn between two desires, she feels more caged than ever.” 

Source: Amazon.com

The premise of the story is quite interesting: The spawn of Satan live among us as trouble making teenagers and are hunting their rogue sibling.  In between hunting, they take up with 2 young ladies who live under the strict thumb of their extremely conservative and extremely religious families.  Worlds collide and the story unfolds.  There’s romance, friendship, and some real coming-of – age stuff involved.

I would advise that this probably isn’t for younger or middle grade teens and definitely not a Children’s book as there are some adult themes being dealt with. I’m giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars.  The premise is interesting and the cover is gorgeous, but I had trouble connecting with the characters.  I felt they lacked depth and were only 2 dimensional.  With that being said, I do feel that younger readers (15-25) may connect better.
I do appreciate all the hard work that goes into creating a story and I don’t give ratings willy-nilly. If you would like to learn more about the authors and this novel, check out the link below.

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Cover Reveal! Loving You With Teeth & Claws by Martina McAtee

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It’s Here!!! The Prequel to the Dead Things Series!! Fangirling is a Non-Option at Bibliogal headquarters right now!  Here are the extremely important details:

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Title: Loving You with Teeth and Claws

Author: Martina McAtee

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

 

Blurb:
Twenty-two-year-old alpha wolf, Isa McGowan, is busy. While most people her age are finishing college and starting their careers, Isa’s raising four pre-teens and running a restaurant. She doesn’t have time for dating, and she especially doesn’t have time for the lunatic standing on her porch, claiming to be her fiancé . . . no matter how pretty he is.

 

Wren Davies has a dangerous problem, and Isa is his solution. When he arrives in Belle Haven to explain his plight, the last thing he expects is a punch to the face. Instead of finding a politically savvy alpha with a large wolf pack, he meets a barely five-foot spitfire with a mess of kids, a mean right hook, and a million excuses why she’ll never honor their betrothal.

 

Now Wren has two problems…

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31349858-loving-you-with-teeth-and-claws

 

Author Bio:
Martina McAtee lives in Jupiter, Florida with her teenage daughter, her best friend, two attack chihuahua’s and two shady looking cats. When she isn’t writing young adult books about worlds with reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures she’s dd678-martinareading or watching shows that involve reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. Her debut novel Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things released in August of 2015. Her second book in the Dead Things series, Dark Dreams and Dead Things, will release July 15, 2016.

 

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Best YA Paranormal Series Ever!!

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HEY YOU GUYS!”giphy.gif One of my favorite YA Paranormal series has Book 1 on sale for FREE right now! That’s right, Free, Nada, Zero, Zilch, Nil.  You pay nothing and you get to enjoy the amazing and diverse world of the Belladonna Pack! Shifters, Fairies, Witches, Necromancers, Reapers, Banshees, Demi-Gods….this book has it all! I reviewed it a while back and gave it 5 stars! Check it out HERE if you wanna see for yourself!
Title: Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things
Author: Martina McAtee 
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
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Blurb: 17 year old Ember Denning has made an art of isolating herself. She prefers the dead. She spends her days skipping school in old cemeteries and her nights hiding from her alcoholic father at the funeral home where she works. When her own father dies, Ember learns her whole life is a lie. Standing in the cemetery that’s been her sanctuary, she’s threatened by the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and rescued by two people who claim to be her family. They say she’s special, that she has a supernatural gift like them…they just don’t know exactly what it is. 
They take her to a small Florida town, where Ember’s life takes a turn for the weird. She’s living with her reaper cousins, an orphaned werewolf pack, a faery and a human genius. Ember’s powers are growing stronger, morphing into something bigger than anything anybody anticipated. Ember has questions but nobody has answers. Nobody knows what she is. They only know her mysterious magical gift is trying to kill them and that beautiful dangerous boy from the cemetery may be the only thing standing between her and death. 
As Ember’s talents are revealed so are the secrets her father hid and those in power who would seek to destroy her. What’s worse, saving Ember has put her cousins in danger and turned her friend’s lives upside down. Ember must learn to embrace her magic or risk losing the family she’s pieced together.
Martina McAtee lives in Jupiter, Florida with her teenage daughter, her best friend, two attack chihuahua’s and two shady looking cats. When she isn’t writing young adult books about worlds with reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures she’s reading or watching shows that involve reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. Her debut novel Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things released in August of 2015. Her second book in the Dead Things series, Dark Dreams and Dead Things, will release July 15, 2016.
Author Links: Facebook: www.facebook.com/MartinaMcAtee1

Buy Links:
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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: 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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Review: Heroes Of Arcania: SuperNova

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The streets of Arcania are overrun with crime, deteriorating as a madman named Fortune makes himself at home. He shows no mercy, striking down anyone in his path – including Nova Benson’s little sister. Devastated, Nova vows to seek justice for her family, but aside from her freak strength and impenetrable skin, how is she supposed to stop a monster like Fortune?

Cole Warner wants to help people. Entrusted to keep his family’s secret, he’s also frustrated at having to hide his gift. He knows he could do more to help in the fight against Fortune. If he could convince his sister Penelope to join him, they might even have a chance at beating him. When Cole meets Nova, he realizes his whole world is about to change. And he’s going to welcome it with open arms.

Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan.

Then again, neither was becoming a superhero.” Amazon.com

*I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review

Nova is a normal teenager with a teeny tiny secret: she’s indestructible.  She’s lived her whole life with that secret. Her family knows, but no one else. She lives without using her ability and happily doesn’t question it, until one day a tragedy strikes changing her life forever. Lost in her sadness, she vows to bounce back and get revenge.

Using her grief and anger as fuel, she begins her transformation into a vigilante. During her escapades she learns more about herself, her power, and she learns there are others like her.  She also discovers a few of them go to school with her.

Cole and Penelope are siblings who have spent their life moving from one town to the next in an effort to keep their abilities a secret.  A near accident involving Nova causes them to use their abilities, thus revealing themselves to her. Together they decide to team up and stop the evil that is overrunning Arcania.

This story is pretty amazing.  It hooked me from the first sentence.  I felt Nova’s pain and grief, then her anger and thirst for justice. I loved the character building and the world in which Arcania exists. It reminded me of certain city in which a black caped billionaire detective with an affinity for bats resides. Her support team is awesome too! Her best friend Amber is fun and sassy, while Penelope is fearless. Cole, is a hero in the traditional sense. He’s cautious, level headed, generous, and always tries to do the right thing. Her best friend Henry is a shark when he scents a story and is always looking for the truth.

This book is the first in a trilogy, which I very much look forward to finishing! I happily give this book 5 out of 5 stars! This story was so good, that I could easily see it as a series on the CW or SyFy.  It was such a good book and I’m so glad I was given the opportunity to read it.

You can check it out yourself on all the major online retailers!

Happy Reading,

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