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The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

Thursday, July 17, 2014

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have landed on all of the major bestseller lists and garnered rave reviews from countless publications. Eagerly awaited by Harkness’s legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close.
Goodreads Summary

In the third and final release of the "All Souls," trilogy we jump right back into the supernatural action. The long anticipated release of this book was a little bit of a wait, but well worth the extra time that was put into its drop. We get our fix of good romance mixed with some legitimate historical themes thrown in to make a great well rounded finale. Fans of  the paranormal and magic themed books will feel right at home as well because this trilogy explores these themes extensively and quite creatively.

What I really liked about the third book compared to the other two is that it brings back some old characters and explores their back stories further. It was specifically fun for me to see the De Clermont family again and learn a little bit more about them. With this in mind, we get a lot of details finally woven together to make a better understanding of the characters and their connections throughout the trilogy. If you have read the other two books, this is a must read as it sums the series up very nicely with a few more intense battles and some more interesting and creative situations. If you have not read the other two books, read them and then read this book. This is not a trilogy to miss!

4.5 Stars

*Reviewed by Chris*


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Oblivion by Sasha Dawn: Giveaway!

Oblivion by Sasha Dawn: Book Giveaway!

«“Readers will feel unmoored until the last few pages of Oblivion, and that’s alright; so does the story’s narrator, Callie . . . . The book’s intensity can be overwhelming. Callie’s uncontrollable need to write—and the anxiety she feels when she can’t—is communicated as if by osmosis . . . . questions fade in the face of the incessant demands that the graphomania makes on both the characters and those turning the pages.”—Booklist starred review
 
“This gripping mystery excels in the portrayal of teenagers’ conflicted inner lives.”—Library Media Connection
 
“Thoroughly compelling.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
 
About Oblivion
 
Lisa McMann’s Dead to You meets Kate Ellison’s The Butterfly Clues in a psychological thriller full of romance, intrigue, and mystery.
 
Two years ago, Callie was found in an abandoned apartment, scrawling words on the wall: “I KILLED HIM. His blood is on my hands. His heart is in my soul. I KILLED HIM.” But she remembers nothing of that night or of the three previous days.  All she knows is that her father, the reverend at the Church of the Holy Promise, is missing, as is Hannah, a young girl from the parish. Their disappearances have to be connected and Callie knows that her father was not a righteous man.
 
But the more she remembers, the closer she comes to the horrifying truth. And when a good looking guy in school helps her to remember what she's buried for so long, she might wish she never dug up the past.
 
 
About Sasha Dawn
 
Sasha Dawn teaches college composition to America’s youth at McHenry County College and the College of Lake County. She’s drawn to suspense, the survival instinct in people, and has a crush on Thomas Jefferson. She lives in a suburb of Chicago. 
 







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Shadow Falls Series by C.C. Hunter: Teaser!

Shadowfalls: The Beginning Available now!


Contains books 1 & 2


Born at Midnight

Don’t miss this spectacular new series that will steal your heart and haunt your dreams, Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen…

One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.

Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…


Goodreads Summary

Awake at Dawn

Step into the world of Shadow Falls, a camp that helps teens tap into their special…talents. Once you visit, you’ll never forget it—and you’ll never, ever be the same.

From the moment Kylie Galen arrived at Shadow Falls Camp, she’s had one burning question: What am I? Surrounded by vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, fairies and witches, Kylie longs to figure out her own supernatural identity…and what her burgeoning powers mean. And now she’ll need them more than ever, because she’s being haunted by a new spirit who insists that someone Kylie knows—and loves—will die before the end of the summer. If only she only knew who she was supposed to save. And how…

But giving Kylie the most trouble is her aching heart. Gorgeous werewolf Lucas left camp with another girl, but he’s still visiting Kylie in her dreams. And Derek, a sexy half Fae who’s always been there for her when she needed him, is pushing to get more serious—and growing impatient, especially when Lucas returns. Kylie knows she needs to decide between the boys, and it’s tearing her up inside.

Yet romance will have to wait, because something from the dark side of the supernatural world is hiding in Shadow Falls. It’s about to threaten everything she holds dear…and bring her closer to her destiny.


Goodreads Summary

Shadowfalls: The Next Chapter
Contains Books 3 & 4
Taken at Dusk
Kylie Galen wants the truth so badly she can taste it. The truth about who her real family is, the truth about which boy she’s meant to be with—and the truth about what her emerging powers mean.  But she’s about to discover that some secrets can change your life forever…and not always for the better.

Just when she and Lucas are finally getting close, she learns that his pack has forbidden them from being together.  Was it a mistake to pick him over Derek? And it’s not just romance troubling Kylie. An amnesia-stricken ghost is haunting her, delivering the frightful warning, someone lives and someone dies. As Kylie races to unravel the mystery and protect those she loves, she finally unlocks the truth about her supernatural identity, which is far different—and more astonishing—than she ever imagined.

Goodreads Summary

Whispers at Moonrise

Shadow Falls Camp is back in session with the most explosive installment yet.  A shocking new threat will rock Shadow Falls—changing it forever and altering Kylie’s journey in ways she never imagined.

Even at a camp for supernatural teens, Kylie Galen has never been normal. Not only can she see ghosts, but she doesn’t seem to belong to any one species—she exhibits traits from them all. As Kylie struggles to unlock the secrets of her identity, she begins to worry that Lucas will never be able to accept her for what she is, and what she isn’t…a werewolf.  With his pack standing in their way, Kylie finds herself turning more and more to Derek, the only person in her life who’s willing to accept the impossible.

As if life isn’t hard enough, she starts getting visits from the ghost of Holiday, her closest confidante.  Trouble is, Holiday isn’t dead…not yet anyway.  Now Kylie must race to save one of her own from an unseen danger before it’s too late—all while trying to stop her relationship with Lucas from slipping away forever.   In a world of constant confusion, there’s only one thing Kylie knows for sure.  Change is inevitable and all things must come to an end…maybe even her time at Shadow Falls.

The breathtaking fourth installment of the New York Times bestselling Shadow Falls series from author C. C. Hunter...Whispers at Moonrise.



Here is some teaser information on Hunter's latest book Eternal. We have a short message from her giving us a little taste of what is to come.


"Now that I have finished Eternal, the second book in Della’s series, I can tell you a few things that happen in it:
  • Never drive ninety miles an hour in a forty mile an hour speed-limit area.
  • When it snows inside your bedroom, something spooky is going on.
  • Breaking and entering isn’t nearly as much fun as you would think it would be.  Especially when you are seconds from being caught.
  • Riding in a convertible with the wind in your hair is almost as good as flying.
  • Taking ice cream away from a girl suffering from a broken heart, might get you turned into a kangaroo with pimples."
Make sure to check out all the books related to the series.

Goodreads Summary

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The Genius Dilemma by Dustin Grinnell


A team of scientists has invented a new smart drug named Trillium. A revolutionary medical breakthrough, Trillium enhances cognitive abilities, creating geniuses. But the researchers are horrified to discover that…

GENIUS COMES AT A COST.

Leviathan, the CIA’s assassination team, has been tasked with eliminating global threats using any means necessary. When their superior General Beranger learns about Trillium, he believes he’s uncovered a distinct advantage in the fight against terrorism. After convincing the scientists to share the drug with his team, Beranger learns there’s just one problem—the side effects are disturbing.

Trillium creates cold-blooded psychopaths.

The first casualty is CIA operative David Landry who snaps hours after taking the drug. When he goes rogue, it’s up to Special Forces, along with renowned neuroscientist Alan Pierce and psychiatrist Michelle Emmett, to stop them.

Armed with a hastily concocted antidote, the team hunts Landry.

His destination? Africa. Nasir Lwazi, the Kenyan president, has recently been murdered. Believing Lwazi’s son Thomas is a threat to national security, Landry is on a ruthless mission to destroy him and he doesn’t plan to let anyone get in his way.

Alan and the Special Forces team are determined to reach Kenya and stop Landry before he harms Thomas or any other innocent civilians. But can they get there in time? Will the antidote work? Or will Landry suffer the same fate as their other targets?

In the unforgettable climax, an epic battle for power ensues as the Special Forces team attempts to thwart Landry’s homicidal tendencies.

Written in a style reminiscent of Michael Crichton, The Genius Dilemma is a science fiction thriller, action-packed with adventure, seeded with corruption, and stunning with its abuses of power. Expect the gripping conclusion to keep you compulsively turning pages way past your bedtime.


Goodreads Summary

If you could be thinner by taking a pill, would you take it? If you could be faster by taking a pill, would you take it? If you could be smarter and mentally sharper in every way by taking a pill, would you take it? They say that agility and speed will get you places in life, but the ability to outwit and outsmart everyone around you can make you an eerily and uniquely unstoppable force in this world. The mere idea of this story is fascinating and is very captivating for a wide audience range as everyone wishes that they were more intelligent. We would make less mistakes. Maybe even make no mistakes.

I really liked the conflict between the drug being a major problem and being an unremarkable advantage to the people who use it. On the one hand, people become much more able to quickly make the best decisions possible, however the cost is that people on the drug tend to become psychopathic. This is where this novel really grabbed my attention. I loved the application of the psychopathic genius on the battlefield. They get the job done in supremely efficient ways that you would never think of. It made for a book that is not only interesting to read, but very creative, ever changing, and very hard to put down.   

5 Stars

*Reviewed by Chris*

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