Ash Young Adult Urban Fantasy Book Review

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Ash, Hive Trilogy Book One, by Jaymin Eve and Leia Stone is a new adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy novel that asks the question, “what if you found out that you were the only female offspring ever born out of mixed vampire-human relationships?”

Would you A) Become the newest volunteer at the red cross, B) Invite grandma over for dinner, or C) Join the party at where all the other half-vamps are hanging out. “C” Sounds pretty good since you’re the only girl. Of course the place where they all stay is super cramped, so you will have to train for “The Culling” which thins the herd, but hey, are the half-vampire guys super attractive or what!

Charlie, the first female Ash, is tough as nails but she will need some help if she’s going to become a member of the community at the Hive. Luckily she’s got beauty as well as brawn, so one of the lead enforcers takes a personal interest in her. Do you think that’s going to cause some story telling down at the water cooler? There is some romance, but not a ton, so it won’t cause too much gossip.

The plot will keep you interested, and all the vampiric action keeps things moving along at a good pace. It currently has a 4.4 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon, and the two following books are available on Amazon as well.

The Newest Best Books For Teens in Epic Fantasy


Epic fantasy takes us places.

Amazing worlds that immerse us in different kinds of lands, peoples, and monsters. Sometimes new magic systems become a part of our epic fantasy experience. Originators like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis shown us what happens when you take High Fantasy, and make it even more fantastic. The stakes are greater, to the point that often the entire world is in jeopardy. The following best books for teens follow some of the same guidelines, and bring us something new along the way.

Snowflakes: A Snow Queen Short Story Collection (The Snow Queen Book 3) by K. M. Shea

This is the third book in the young adult epic fantasy Snow Queen series, and in reality it’s actually a collection of short stories. It answers different questions about characters from the first two Snow Queen books. It includes a total of twelve short stories, offering a fresh look at events that happened earlier in the series. Make sure to check out the first two books, Heart of Ice and Sacrifice, to get the most enjoyment out of this third installment.

What do readers say?

“For those who have enjoyed the snow Queen here is a nice collection of shorts giving some smaller pieces of the story, providing background and insight and rounding out the narrative. You should definitely read the Snow Queen books first, though, as this book depends heavily on those for context.”Brian Davis, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


The Dragon’s Price (A Transference Novel) by Bethany Wiggins

What would you choose? Marry an enemy prince? Or give yourself over to a dangerous dragon? That’s the choice that princess Sorrowlynn has to make. Everyone expects her to choose the prince, but Sorrow will show everyone that she controls her own destiny. Being dropped into a dragon chamber has its challenges, but events get wild when the shunned prince also drops into the dragons lair in the hopes of rescuing fair maiden. A fight is likely, and there’s a lot at stake for both the loser, and the victor. Check out this first book in the young adult epic fantasy Transference series.

What do readers say?

I loved this book! Holy cow, it was a fast read. Once I started chapter 1, I couldn’t put it down until it was finished. The dragon story is fresh and interesting, and the love story was sweet and at times, heartbreaking. Wiggins is a master plotter who knows how to keep the reader turning the pages.Bonny J. Anderson, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


City of Wind (Steel and Fire Book 4) by Jordan Rivet

In book four of the young adult epic fantasy Steel and Fire series, Siv and Dara Pendark have a lot to deal with in the brutal City of Wind. Dara is bound by a magical shackle, and is forced to help her captor study the links between Fire and Watermight. Not an easy task. Siv yearns to rescue his sister and his kingdom, but not without the help of Dara. The armies of Soole tear apart the kingdom of Trure, and Princess Selivia leaves for a distant city of mystery. There she will discover the troubles in the City of Wind. Will Dara’s captor keep her from helping Siv? And what secret does the Princess learn that could change everything?

What do readers say?

“I have now finished reading the third and fourth book in this series, and I must say that it is lovely. The development in plot is intriguing, the character and relationship development is simply amazing. I love how the characters mature, overcoming hurdles, some longer than others and learning new things. It is an intriguing world with a lot of depth and history. I love it! And I can’t wait for the next one!!!!<3”Zalys, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Crystal Storm: A Falling Kingdoms Novel by Morgan Rhodes

Magnus and Cleo have their love tested when Gaius claims that he’s not the King of Blood, but instead a newly changed man. Princess Lucia is pregnant with the child of a Watcher, and sees her powers failing as she journeys to fulfill a prophesy that could mean safety for her child, but possibly the end for Lucia herself. Jonas travels with Lucia, and Amara has taken the Mytican throne, but doesn’t have the ability to release the water magic trapped in her stolen crystal. The battle between man and gods could tear Mytica to pieces. What will win? Love, or magic? This is book five in the young adult epic fantasy Falling Kingdoms series.

What do readers say?

Crystal Storm met my expectation. As the fifth book in the series and a huge cast of characters, seeing all of them slowly find each other and interact is a treat. This novel is more character-driven than plot-driven as the “calm before the storm” in the series, but as things are finally clicking into place, I can tell that the final book in the series will be an explosive ending for sure.Amazon Customer, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Duskwoven (Shattering of the Nocturnai Book 3) by Carrie Summers

This is book three in the young adult epic fantasy Shattering of the Nocturnai series, and book four is coming out later this month. Lilik and the resistance has dealt a swift blow to the the oppressors of the city, giving them a chance to return to the island volcano. But shortly following the huge victory, Lilik was captured while trying to rescue her family. Severed from her soul magic, she plans to reverse the situation and destroy her captors from within. That is, if a bandit queen hidden deep in an abandoned mine doesn’t cause her own trouble first.

What do readers say?

“I am spoiled as I just started this series this week. Now I have to be patient for the rest. This is a YA story, so it is clean. There is tons of action and intrigue in this one. It seems we have resolved a couple of issues, but there is still much for our girl to do. I have to say, I really enjoyed our new characters. I was saddened by part of this story, but don’t want to say too much to avoid spoilers. Looking forward to next month when the next one is released.”Lis, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Princess Dennaleia has been betrothed to prince Mynaria since childhood. The marriage will complete the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland. But her Affinity for fire is a dangerous secret in a land where magic is outlawed. Denna learns the ways of her new kingdom while hiding her magic and training in horsemanship under Mare, the touchy sister of her betrothed. But an assassination shocks the kingdom and causes Denna to pair up with Mare, bringing the two together in ways that might force them to choose between their duty, and their hearts.

What do readers say?

I’m probably biased since this book had themes that intrigued me before I even began. I knew I’d love this book and I was right. If you’re a fan of medieval type fantasy with romance this is definitely the book for you. On an additional note, the pacing and believability was great. That’s a quality that makes or breaks a book. If you liked huntress, I think you’ll love this one.Kindle Customer, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes) by Sara Raasch

The final book in the New York Times bestselling young adult epic fantasy Snow Like Ashes series. Meira will do whatever it takes to save her world. Angra fights to break through her mental defenses, and she can’t even control her own magic yet. Given the chance to learn from a mysterious Order from Paisly, Meira moves closer to victory, but not until she enters the labyrinth to destroy the same magic that she’s learning to control. Mather must find Meira, and share with her how he truly feels. And Ceridwen will stop at nothing to save her kingdom, and her one true love. Meira, Mather and Ceridwen must unite Primoria before it’s too late.

What do readers say?

Nothing worth fighting for is ever free and the struggle of every Kingdom bears this out. As we witness the struggle between good and evil, we see the drama that unfolds for each of the main characters. The outcome comes at great cost to everyone but faith, hope, and abiding love carries everyone through to the end. This trilogy is a fantastic read, I highly recommend it!Kathy, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Goldenhand (Old Kingdom) by Garth Nix

The fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Old Kingdom series, Goldenhand follows the novella Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case. Lirael lost one of her hands, but don’t think that will slow her down. She has a new, gilded steel hand that does magic. She journeys to her childhood home, where she receives a message from her deceased mother, Arielle. It’s a warning about the Witch with No Face, who threatens the Old Kingdom, as well as the cold, cruel river of Death.

What do readers say?

This I have been waiting for over a decade. Lirael, possibly my all time favorite character, is finally reunited with Nick, but there has to be a catch right? Well Chlorr is finally getting her own ending, but she does not want it, and wants to fight for more. Thus, we find out more about Lirael’s mysterious mother in a visit, and the vision of the past. Finally, we get a promise of marriage through Dog’s own promise of dancing at hers and Nick’s wedding! Now I’m interested for hopefully another installment of Ferin who decidedly attached herself to Sam! Seems like Moggot approves lolPauline, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


A Keeper’s Tale: The Story of Tomkin and the Dragon by JA Andrews

Tomkin is many things, but unfortunately heroic is not one of them. The bookworm would rather be a heroes scribe than the actual hero. So how did he end up on a ledge above a sleeping dragon, dropping the family sword onto the dragon’s head? Followed by Tomkin himself, onto the dragon. After being captured, Tomkin finds a maiden locked in a tower. Can he capture her? Not if the maiden has anything to say about it. This young adult epic fantasy story is a lighthearted tale that will make you smile as you keep turning the pages.

What do readers say?

A Keeper’s Tale: The Story of Tomkin and the Dragon by J.A. Andrews is a terrific story with dragons, mismatched couple, a castle, lots of action, humor, and loads of fun. This could not be a better, more creative, wittier novel if she tried! A young book worm duke, tries to appease a farmer who claims he saw a dragon by reluctantly going to the broken down castle to search for this “dragon”. He certainly finds more than a dragon! But a girl also. He becomes the dragon’s captive. It is a fun and sometimes suspense-filled journey to get to know each other, the boy and girl, and for the boy to escape. Great fantasy and fun. Loved it completely!!!Montzalee Wittmann, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


The White Tower (The Aldoran Chronicles: Book 1) by Michael Wisehart

Sixteen year old TY knows that he’s different. The recent arrival of the Black Watch signals a secret that could hurt everyone around him. But Lyessa has a secret of her own, and her sword fighting skill could be the help the people need. The White Tower and the High Prince threaten to wield a war between those with magic, and those without. This is the first installment in the Aldoran Chronicles, a young adult epic fantasy series about a world struggling with the use of magic.

What do readers say?

This is an amazingly well written story. The characters are so complex and you learn to love them as they learn about themselves. Don’t let the size of this book deter you. Once you start reading the pages will fly by, you’ll be so immersed you won’t want to leave. I hate the villains, well all but one, I’m waiting to find out if he can overcome what’s happened to him first before I fully commit to disliking him. I love all the heroes, even though some are unsure, they do find an inner strength and come through in the end. I recommend this book for everyone, you won’t be disappointed. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next book.FlameDancer, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

The Newest Best Books For Teens with Fairytale Retellings


Fairytale retellings will always captivate our hearts.

Some of the tales we listened to as kids have been around for centuries. Disney and others have capitalized on this. The term “fairytale retellings” has become a sort of a thing, and it allows writers to put their own spin on the classics that we love. Young adult fantasy readers get to join their favorite characters over and over, spanning different genres like SciFi and Paranormal, so that the lovable childhood tale gets a fresh look. The ones on this page are some of the newest young adult fairytale retellings.

As Old As Time: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell

This fairytale retelling of Beauty And The Beast is the third in a series that focuses on Disney classics. It asks the question “what if the Beast was cursed by Belle’s own mother?” Belle was afraid that she would never see her mother again, but after shocking memories of her mother cursing the castle flood her mind, maybe she doesn’t want to see her again? Belle has a mystery to unlock that will surprise both her, and you.

What do readers say?

A great twist on my favorite Disney movie!! Great backstory into Belle, Prince Adam, and Belle’s parents!! This book gives more in depth approaches to what happens with Belle when she gets to the castle; how her relationship with the Beast builds, etc. Great twist on the tale that’s old as time!N.L. White, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Heartless by Marissa Meyer

This young adult fairytale retelling of Alice in Wonderland is all about princess Catherine. Before she was a terror in Wonderland, she was a girl searching for true love. Desired by the still single King of Hearts, Catherine would much rather explore her talent as a baker and open a shop. But her mother will never allow that to happen. Will a secret relationship between Catherine and the court joker become something more? Or will we find out what inspired her famous quote “Off with her head!” See her other fairytale retellings as well.

What do readers say?

I actually bought one of these for myself and another as a gift! I really love this author, I thought her lunar chronicles were one of the most fun things I have read in years! I have recommended it to everyone I know and even bought a few of those as gifts as well. I love the style, very easy to follow the story and such an intriguing topic! This one has a fantastic start! Excited for the rest and then of course for more!!K. Ward, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


The Wish Granter (Ravenspire Book 2) by C. J. Redwine

Book two in the Ravenspire series is a fairytale retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, featuring bastard princess Ari on a quest to save her twin brother’s soul. The twins lives are in ruin after their mother was murdered, and now Ari’s brother Thad takes the throne of a kingdom full of unexpected violence that he cannot stop. As Ari beings to train to possibly take her brothers place, she realizes that his rise to the throne was caused by a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague, who tricked her bother. With the help of some allies, Ari must fight Teague and hopefully save her brother, and herself.

What do readers say?

I really enjoyed this book. This book has wonderful characters and a wonderful plot. I enjoyed reading this retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. I had a hard time putting this wonderful book down. I am looking forward to reading the next book be in this wonderful series.Lorin, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Cinderstellar: A Space Age Fairy Tale: Star-Crossed Tales by J. M. Page

Fairytale retelling Star-Crossed Tales reimagines the classics with a scifi space theme. Book five features Stella, who only wants to be a pilot like her mother, who died years ago on a space mission. Her father, the Commandant of Starforge Academy, and her stepmother won’t let her even try. Stella sneaks into the simulators at night, and then hides the evidence. But when superstar pilot Prince Dax begins to learn that his simulator scores are being beaten, he has to find out who’s beating him. Will he find the space girl of his dreams? Or will Stella’s stepmother ruin everything?

What do readers say?

I’ve never read anything by this author and i have to say i loved this book. It was one of the best cinderella renditions i’ve ever read. I wont go into any details except to say you know the story of Cinderella and although its very different some elements remain. Like what the main character considers her evil stepmother and her evil step sister. This is a standalone and has a HEA.”Pheobe, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


The Midsummer Captives (Firethorn Chronicles Book 2) by Lea Doué

This is a young adult fairytale retelling of A Midsummer Nights Dream. Princess Gwen has buried her heartache for the neighboring kingdom’s lost heir, and sworn to a life of service to her eleven sisters. Recently she took the challenge to arrange a match with the lost heir’s young brother and her sister Hazel. When her traveling party is attacked, she retreats deep into the forest to find an imprisoned blindfolded man. As prisoners, they must deal with a beautiful captor with evil plans that could be the ruin of both Gwen, and her familiar friend.

What do readers say?

“The second installment of the Firethorn Chronicles was absolutely amazing. The dynamics between take charge Gwen and demure Hazel were definitely on display in this one. The antagonist (Sissi) was truly heinous. I think her character was almost as (un)likeable as Delores Umbridge. So far this series has been very well written, easy to read, and entertaining. Once again, a story line unlike anything else out there! Very original, and I love it!Badwolfbeautiful, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Once Upon a Happy Ending: An Anthology of Reimagined Fairy Tales by

Casey Lane, Ella Summers, KM Shea, RaShelle Workman, Rebecca Hamilton, Cameron Jace, Brittany Fichter, Shari L. Tapscott, Jamie Campbell, May Sage, Conner Kressley, T. Rae Mitchell, Aya Ling, AW Exley, Melanie Cellier, Rachel Morgan

This great collection of short stories feature fifteen classics reimagined. Fairytale retellings ask questions like “What if Beauty was the beast?” Sixteen different authors worked together to bring us this trove of reading treasure. Each has an unexpected ending, and a features your favorite protagonists in unexpected ways.

What do readers say?

“I don’t know who came up with this idea, but it is so much fun! I know these are all very good authors and I should expect this, but I was so surprised by the imagination and great twists to these favorite old fairy tales. I have to admit though that I’m most partial to Shari L. Tapscotts “Chains of Gold”. She’s definitely my favorite author. But truly, all of these are great and you won’t be disappointed. Sit back with your favorite hot or cold drink, and be prepared to be swept away to far off magical places and immersed in beautiful storytelling.MountainGirl, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


RoseBlood by A. G. Howard

This young adult reimagined story of Phantom of the Opera gives us Rune, a girl with a  beautiful voice that has a curse. Every performance leaves her sick. With the hope of a cure, her mother sends her to the French boarding school RoseBlood conservatory. Quickly she realizes that something unusual is happening as a vanishing mystery boy named Thorn seems to have a cure with his presence. A phantom haunts RoseBlood, and has dangerous intentions for Rune. Thorn must choose to lead Rune to destruction, or save her and face the phantom himself.

What do readers say?

I read this in 3 days and it was a blast. I have never read phantom of the Opera, but I may have to now. this book takes that idea and expands on it. the characters seem to be alive and real which is very rare to find in a book. I won’t put any spoilers here , but if you want a great read definitely pick up this book.Kitty L. Hoffman, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Sleeping Beauty (Timeless Fairy Tales Book 8) by K.M. Shea

Briar Rose is a clever peasant girl that discovers the true horror that she is the mysterious Princess Rosalinda who was cursed to prick her finger on a spindle and fall asleep in await for true love’s kiss. Briar is reunited with her family just as the evil mage that cursed her as a baby returns to wreck havoc on the kingdom. The chooses to protect Briar instead of the people, so Briar vows to save her people with the help of her childhood friend and protector, Isaia. Will the curse overcome her again?

What do readers say?

I seriously love any book by KM Shea! This one was great. I loved the heroine, spunky, head strong, brave. I want to be as cool as Briar Rose in this book.
It’s a great spin on the traditional fairytale, but goes beyond the kiss and leaves the story open for more fun!
As with all her fairytale books I love how old characters are weaved in and how we learn more about this fabulous world! Well done!
Leasha, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Silent Mermaid: A Retelling of The Little Mermaid (The Classical Kingdoms Collection Book 5) by Brittany Fichter

This young adult fairytale retelling of The Little Mermaid gives us Princess Arianna, who after being touched by the sun has become neither fully mermaid, nor fully human. When her family and kingdom are lost to a war between man and merfolk, she must escape to the prince that she once saved. Prince Michael has his own problems, and has little time to pay back the help that Arianna gave him. But he begins to hear the girl that cannot speak, and realize that she may be the one person that he can’t live without.

What do readers say?

“It was annoying that I had to go someplace and I couldn’t put the book down cause I wanted to see what would happen next. I wanted to read just a little more before leaving. It was a very good clean story; well developed characters and interesting take on the fairy tale. I loved that it showed the Arianna’s struggles with being different and how she gained her confidence in the end and became comfortable with who she was. This is the fourth story I have read from this author and will continued to look for more.Laura, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


The Princess Pact: A Twist on Rumpelstiltskin (The Four Kingdoms Book 3) By Melanie Cellier

This is another great Rumpelstiltskin fairytale retelling, and book three in the Four Kingdoms series. Princess Marie of Northhelm lives a disciplined life of strict rules. As a lie at the center of her life is exposed, everything is changed and Marie is forced to join a the charming Rafe to save the kingdom. Marie secretly quests to discover her own identity, as she begins to feel attracted to Rafe. With destruction to her kingdom coming quickly, she will have to decide what’s most important.

What do readers say?

“I loved Marie and Rafe’s story!! I’ve been waiting for Marie’s HEA since I read about her in the first book in the series: A Princess Companion. (If you haven’t read it yet, go back and do it – you won’t be sorry!) But this book can definitely be read as a standalone, so no worries there. I like how Melanie incorporates all these fairytales into her Four Kingdoms stories but puts her own twist on the original so that you don’t know exactly what’s coming. I’m a big fan of clean romance and this story definitely hit the spot!! I stayed up late to read this one because I had to read “just one more chapter,” and that one more chapter turned into the entire book. I have no regrets for the loss of sleep when it comes to a good story. 5 stars and two thumbs up!April Hogue, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

The Newest Best Books For Teens with Witches and Wizards


So many witches and wizards, so little time

In the world of young adult witches and wizards, I say Harry Potter is still king. As J.K. Rowling continues to give us new stories, I always have a yearning to dust off my HP audiobook series and start it over again for the umpteenth time. In fact, I happily blame Rowling for my long list of YA titles that I haven’t opened yet. The list is long, and it includes some of the following best books for teens that I look forward to reading (or listening to) soon.

Sufficiently Advanced Magic (Arcane Ascension Book 1) by Andrew Rowe

There’s a tower to be climbed, and Corin is going to climb it, following in the footsteps of his brother. The tower is an ever-changing collection of rooms with traps and monsters, and trials that will bestow magical powers. Did I mention that his brother never returned? All the more reason to go after the promise of magical powers, and possibly his brother.

What do readers say?

“Books that have a world and characters that I care about are rare. Books that I don’t have a clear idea of where they are going are also rare. Sufficiently Advanced Magic manages to be both, and I eagerly await the next book!”Tony, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Blood Magic (Divided Realms Series Book 3) by Kim Richardson

This is the final book in a series of three. Witch Elena and her friends hope to save Elena’s one true love, Jon. They will have to draw upon all their resources as they face new challenges, including a darkness within Elena that has been caused by her black magic. Elena could possibly become a sort of monster herself, will she and her friends overcome everything that they’re up against and save Jon?

What do readers say?

“This series (divided Realms-steel maiden, witch queen and blood maiden) was a page Turner! What a ride! I was up each night til 2 am to finish each of them! The plot has many twists and turns you can’t help but sit on the edge of your seat each book builds up on each other thinking and molding the adventure.
The characters are well designed and stay easy to remember in action scenes. A strong female heroine, princes, revenge, magic and of course romance. (I was all for Jon but deep down I secretly hoped for the witch prince).
I give this 5 stars because not only could I feel the magic theme books are just that magic…. a unicorn among a herd of horses (which there are plenty of horses in this series) I look forward to checking out Kim’s other series, total recommendation to my fellow readers!”
Jennifer Rininger, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Windwitch: A Witchlands Novel (The Witchlands)  by Susan Dennard 

Safi is a truth witch, and her skill lends her the ability to know when someone is being truthful, and when someone is lying. In this second installment of the series, Safi is alone in unfriendly waters, as pirates surround her and threaten to cause a war among the witchlands. She continues to be hunted by a blood witch, that can track her by the scent of her blood. And her love Prince Merik, who has nearly been killed, has to deal with a treacherous sister. This series is bound to become a young adult fantasy classic.

What do readers say?

I loved this book more than the first (Truthwitch). I’ve only read a few series where the second book was better than the first. I liked how this book got more personal for each character. The character building definitely improved, the world expanded and I understand all the types of witches so much better. I can’t wait to see where this story will go. I loved this book and look forward to the next book. I’m just sad that it’s so far away :(.VM-est, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Grim (Reaper’s Redemption Book 1) by Thea Atkinson

This book is just coming out this month. Ayla gets a text from an old friend asking her to meet at an old Gothic cathedral in downtown. Instead of her friend, there’s a crazy tattooed guy trying to make Ayla his next murder story. But Ayla, who doesn’t believe in monsters, finds out that she actually is a monster. Crazy tattoo guy is in for a surprise.

What do readers say?

“Wow! Couldn’t put it down – can’t wait to see what happens next!”MNM, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]



Elementals 5: The Hands of Time by Michelle Madow

This is book five in the Elementals series. Nicole discovered several months ago that she is a witch, a descendent of the Greek Gods. She’s one of five witches with elemental powers, and they’ve journeyed throughout the world to help battle the supporters of the Titans. Now a very dangerous monster named Typhon threatens the world that can only be stopped by a difficult sacrifice. Can they make it? Or will it be too much for them?

What do readers say?

Elementals 5: The Hands of Time is the best Elementals yet! The action, the character interplay, the emotion, everything is so much deeper and more developed. The surprise ending actually made me cry. If you have read 1 – 4, you certainly won’t be disappointed. If you haven’t read any of the Elementals books yet, you should probably start with the first; the others (including this one) will be so much more meaningful.Rich, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Shearwater: Ocean Depths Book One by D.S. Murphy

Mermaids and witchery are both found in book one of the Ocean Depths series. This story is about the life of a young woman who’s life is drastically changed after her parents die in a car crash. Moving to Ireland to live with her grandfather, she discovers that her mom had a dark past with untold secrets. Two guys from town have her interests, but what do they think of her? And she’s developing strange powers that she doesn’t understand. People’s lives are at stake, can she stop further deaths from happening?

What do readers say?

“Shearwater is a fantastic story, full of vibrant imagery, interesting ideas and great characters! The unique history involved and the special characteristics of the mermaids/merfolk in the story are intriguing and fun to read about. The story grabs you early on and doesn’t let you go. I read part one when it had originally been released, and now that part two is complete, I’m eager to get the chance to read Book 2! I’ve always been of a mind to like mermaids, and always complained there was nothing that was as interesting as the mere idea of mermaids….and that’s all changed, thanks to Mr Murphy. If you like this book, I highly recommend his others. The magic he weaves is not just in the words, but the story as well!”Grjen617, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Draken (The Southern Fire Series Book 1) by S.B. Nova

Skyla answers a knock at the door, and learns the truth that she isn’t from our world, but from a world of magic and monsters. She finds out that she must return to save her mother, while avoiding her families enemies as the kingdoms are nearly at war. Suddenly thousands of lives are resting on her shoulders, and she only has a small band of punks to help her make miracles happen. How can an unprepared girl do so much?

What do readers say?

“The story immediately drew me in. Skyla is an interesting heroine, whose emotions and insecurities make her a sympathetic character. Looking forward to the next chapter in her adventures. 5 stars from this reader.”nutriaguy, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


The Dragon Orb (The Alaris Chronicles Book 1) by Mike Shelton

Bakari, Roland and Alli are young wizards. All three of them are different, but all three of them are tasked with protecting the kingdom of Alaris. The magical barrier that surrounds and protects the kingdom is beginning to diminish, and rebels could pull the kingdom into a civil war. There are secrets to be told and when the barrier falls, the truth will come out. Will they unite? Or fight amongst each other to rule the kingdom?

What do readers say?

“The Dragon Orb (The Alaris Chronicles Book 1) by Mike Shelton is an awesome fantasy tale for young adults but teens and adults will love it too, I know I did and I am 60! There is plenty of action, fighting, intrigue, magic, creatures of all kinds, and a touch of romance. Best of all, a dragon egg! I love the ending but I am NOT telling you that but needless to say, I want the next book! I loved the well developed characters and the many twists in the plot. Wonderful. Great read!”Montzalee Wittmann, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


The Shadow Children (The Demon-Born Trilogy Book 1) by L.C Hibbett

This is book one, and book two is coming out at the end of the month. Grace is a Half-Born, and her kind of witch has been hunted by the Angels for too long. The Angels fight to keep control of the barrier that hides the magical world from human eyes. Grace and her family have avoided the Angels while living in the human world, but it’s only a matter of time. Suddenly she’s thrown into the middle of a battle amongst The Shadow Children. Can she protect the people she loves the most?

What do readers say?

“This book was pretty great! I’m always unsure when it comes to demon and angel plot/characters, but I must say that this was a great twist. I couldn’t put the book down. All this mysterious goings on and secrets and other things (don’t want to spoil anyone) made for a fantastic read. Edge of my seats-happy I started before a weekend-get no sleep type of book! I’m so glad I’ve read it, can’t wait for more.”Olga J, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling

I couldn’t resist putting this collection into the list. Pottermore Presents had done a number of young adult fantasy books with J.K. Rowling, and this is one of the best. Short stories about the witches and wizards that we know and love, it reveals some of the inspiration behind J.K. Rowling’s writing, and details that we wouldn’t know otherwise. This book sheds light on Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin, and a few other characters along the way.

What do readers say?

“I enjoyed reading histories of Minerva McGonagall, Remus Lupine and Sybill Trelawney and learning more about their backgrounds and in Lupine’s case, affliction. This novella kept my attention and I found myself wishing it was longer. I’m sure J. K. Rowling has many more tales that never made it to the Harry Potter books, and I hope she continues publishing them.”JTO, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]