COLD BURN OF MAGIC by Jennifer Estep

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COLD BURN OF MAGIC by Jennifer EstepCold Burn Of Magic by Jennifer Estep
Series: Black Blade #1
Published by Kensington Books Genres: Fantasy & Magic
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There Be Monsters Here. . .

It's not as great as you'd think, living in a tourist town that's known as "the most magical place in America." Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.

I try to keep out of it. I've got my mom's bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend's pawn shop, and I have to make a call--get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn't. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I'm stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I'm going to end up just like her. . .

 

Lila was an amazing Heroine! I can’t help but admire her tenacity, her sarcasm, and her bravery! She acts tough but really, she’s a vulnerable person. I really related to Lila, I think that’s what made me love this book a little bit more. I like that Lila is realistic and practical. She knows what she can and can’t do. She’s pretty smart and she has priorities! Basically Lila is pretty bad ass and I wish I was her (Just saying). I loved all of the characters! I loved Devon, Oscar, Mo, and Felix, all these characters are complex and have a personality of their own and they also have priorities.The romance was not the main focus here and I think it was great!  But there’s a love interest,  and I feel like if it happened it I would ship it! The plot was amazing. Lila has to be Devons bodyguard after she protects him while they were at Mo’s shop and someone tries to kill him. Now Lila has to protect Devon while trying to find the people trying to kill him. I loved this book and once I got into it I couldn’t put it down. Um second book please! Anyway this book was amazing I would recommend this to my friends. Everyone should go buy it, because I know I will!

I would give this book 6 Cheshire Hearts!

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WAITING FOR APRIL

by Jaime Loren!

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WAITING FOR APRIL by Jaime Loren!Waiting For April by Jaime Loren
Published by Momentum Books Genres: Fantasy & Magic, New Adult
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I really liked this book! It reminded me of The Archers of Avalon trilogy. What really drew me in was the synopsis, April has died 19 times before and doesn’t know it. I was interested in how her first love Scott from her first life would try to save her now. There wasn’t a dull moment I was so into this book. The only problem I had with this book was probably the ending, I didn’t know how to feel. Other than that I loved this book and the characters and the story. This was the first NA book I’ve read and I’m very impressed, I would definitely recommend this books to my friends. I hope there’s a sequel!

PORTRAITS OF CELINA

by Sue Whiting

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PORTRAITS OF CELINA by Sue WhitingPortraits of Celina by Sue Whiting
Published by Switch Press Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Thrillers
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Celina O’Malley was just sixteen years old when she disappeared. Now, almost forty years later, Bayley is sleeping in Celina’s room, wearing her clothes, hearing her voice.What does Celina want? And who will suffer because of it?

 

Bayley is haunted by the ghost of Celina O’Malley, a young girl who vanished 40 years before.  But now Celina is  back, and she wants revenge for her unsolved murder. Nothing and no one could stop Celina from getting revenge, even if it means risking Bayley’s life in the process.  I enjoyed the suspense, thrill, and the plot. I liked Bayley’s character she was easy to relate to. I also liked her relationship with Oliver. It took me a while to get into the book and when I did I couldn’t put it down. I’d recommend this book to my friends.

BEWARE THE WILD
by Natalie C. Parker

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BEWARE THE WILD by Natalie C. ParkerBeware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker
Series: Beware the Wild #1
Published by Harper Collins on 2014-10-21
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 336
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Southern Gothic gets a whole new twist in this debut novel, sure to appeal to fans of the New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures series. The swamp in Sterling's small Louisiana town proves to have a power over its inhabitants when her brother disappears and no one but Sterling even remembers that he existed. Now Sterling, with the help of brooding loner Heath, who's had his own creepy experience with the swamp, must fight back and reclaim what—and who—the swamp has taken.Beware the Wild is a riveting and atmospheric page-turner readers won't want to miss.

It’s an oppressively hot and sticky morning in May when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp — the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn’t return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed. Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp’s done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance — and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her.

I can’t even explain how much I loved this book. Sterling’s brother Phin goes into the swamp and he doesn’t come out but Lenora May does. Sterling is the only one in town who remembers her brother even existed, but she gets a little help from Heath the only person who believes Sterling and doesn’t think she’s crazy. I just related to Sterling so much and I was rooting for her to find brother. I didn’t like Lenora, because when she climbed out of the swamp she thought she belonged there, and I was like where is Phin? I also really liked the relationship between Sterling and Heath it was really sweet that he believed her even when others didn’t. The setting and the swamp were just creepy but I loved it. I would recommend this book to others in a heart beat!

FRACTURE by Megan Miranda

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FRACTURE by Megan MirandaFracture by Megan Miranda
Published by A&C Black on 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Mystery & Detective, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 261
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When Decker found Delaney kissing his best friend Carson, he told himself that it meant nothing. But then Carson calls to Delaney from across the vast frozen lake. Jealous, Decker insists they walk over the fragile ice. Halfway, he leaves her there . . . Ten minutes without air, Delaney will be dead. Decker pulls her out of the icy waters after eleven. Delaney is alive, but now she is drawn to those who are dying . . . and to stranger, Troy - someone Decker should see as a threat.

After Delaney fell into Falcon Lake something changed. Delaney can now sense when someone is about to die. Most of Delaney’s friends start to distance themselves from her because it seems like people around her die. When Delaney was at the hospital she met Troy. At first Troy seemed like a great friend for Delaney because he has the same ability as her. I liked Delaney’s character she’s smart and curious. Troy’s character seemed nice at first but towards the end he has some scary secrets he hasn’t told anyone. I really like this book. The ending is great I got chills reading it, its unexpected. I would and I did buy the sequel to this book which is Vengeance and it’s in Delaney’s friend Decker’s point of view. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Mysteries, and Thrillers.

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BITTERSWEET SIXTEEN
Lexi Witcher

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
BITTERSWEET SIXTEEN  Lexi WitcherBittersweet Sixteen by Lexi Witcher
Series: Dodie Jenks #1
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on 2014-02-22
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 252
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A 300 year old curse... Bernadette's Curse Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. In the 1700s, Bernadette loved young Walter Doherty more than life itself, but when he chose another to be his bride, she vowed on his wedding day that the union would be cursed forever and that if a daughter was born unto them, the eldest would know her fate upon her sixteenth birthday and every generation afterward. 30 days to live... Dodie Jenks is your typical teenager until she learns of the three hundred year old curse that will claim her on her sixteenth birthday. She doesn't want to believe this is her fate, but what if it's true? Visiting a seer does no good. She's warned to not try to break the curse. Her family struggles to keep her alive, but none of them are prepared for what lies ahead. One Hot Warlock... Leopold. A powerful warlock seeking to regain acceptance by his coven agrees to help Dodie and her family try to break Bernadette's Curse. At eighteen he's a college graduate and a social outcast. He's awkward around others, but somehow he and Dodie connect on a personal level as he works to keep her alive.

Dodie is a typical teenager until her family tells her that she is destined to die at 16. One of Dodie’s distant relatives did something to get a curse put on the oldest daughter and every generation afterward. Now Dodie has to suffer the consequences. Dodie’s family hires a warlock, Leopold in an effort to escape the curse. Dodie and Leopold had an awkward and cute relationship I liked it. I really enjoyed this book. After finishing the book I’m still not sure who can be trusted and who can’t. This book left off on a cliff hanger and I would definitely read the rest of the series.

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THE MONSTER WITHIN
by Kelly Hashway

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THE MONSTER WITHIN  by Kelly HashwayThe Monster Within by Kelly Hashway
Published by Spencer Hill Press on 2014-04-08
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Greek & Roman, Legends, Myths, Fables, Young Adult
Pages: 296
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The moment seventeen-year-old Samantha Thompson crawls out of her grave, her second chance at life begins. She died of cancer with her long-time boyfriend, Ethan, by her side -- a completely unfair shot at life. But Ethan found a way to bring her back, like he promised he would. Only Sam came back wrong. She's now a monster that drains others' lives to survive. And after she kills, she's tortured by visions -- glimpses into her victims would have- been futures had she not killed them. Barely able to live with herself and trying to make things right, Sam ends up a pawn in a vicious game of payback within the local coven of witches. But when the game reveals what Ethan had to do to save Sam, she must make a choice that will change all their lives forever.

The Monster Within is about a girl named Samantha who comes back to life four days after she died from cancer. Her boyfriend is the one who brought her back, but whenever she asks how he did it he refuses to tell her. Samantha and Ethan move to a small town because they can’t go back home. The first night at there new place is when Sam realizes something isn’t right with her. To stay alive Sam has to suck the life out of other people. The book started out good, I was interested in finding out what Sam would do now that she has to drain the life out of people to stay alive as well as how Ethan brought her back. I did not like Sam at all. She made decisions that weren’t smart, and I can’t even keep track of how many lies she told. And it just bothered me that Ethan just wouldn’t tell her what he did to bring her back until the very end. I did like the fact that when she did kill someone she would get to see their futures and what their lives would have been like if she didn’t kill them. I found myself putting this book down a few times. I’m not sure if I would read the sequel.

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HEXED by Michelle Krys

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HEXED by Michelle KrysHEXED by Michelle Krys
Published by Random House on June 10, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 386
Format: Hardcover
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If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?
 
Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.
Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.

 

Hexed is about a girl named Indie who finds out she’s a witch, and has to learn fast. Indie has to get the Bible back before every witch on the planet dies. When I got this book I was so excited, because I haven’t read a book that involves witches since I read L.J Smith’s The Night World. I kind of feel let down because I thought more would happen in Hexed, but I guess I’ll just have to wait for the sequel to be released. I wasn’t a fan of most of the characters except for Paige, Indie’s neighbor and Jezebel, Bishop’s ex-girlfriend. I felt like Paige was the only one using common sense, and Jezebel just seemed like a strong female character in general. The reason I didn’t like Indie was because she was shallow, self-centered, and I just couldn’t relate to her. I felt like she should have done more in the book but she didn’t. And Indie’s “Love Interest” just treated everything like a game and it got annoying. Overall, I found this book to be a let down. I would read the sequel just to finish this series and because this book left off on a cliff hanger.

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MIDNIGHT FROST
by Jennifer Estep

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MIDNIGHT FROST by Jennifer EstepMidnight Frost by Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy #5
Published by Kensington Books on 2013
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 372
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Just when it seems life at Mythos Academy can't get any more dangerous, the Reapers of Chaos manage to prove me wrong. It was just a typical night at the Library of Antiquities--until a Reaper tried to poison me. The good news is I'm still alive and kicking. The bad news is the Reaper poisoned someone else instead.

After what happened in the last book with Logan, Gwen is hurt as she should be. But when Gwen is in her library she notices a reaper slipping poison in her water bottle, but Gwen is too late because Nickamedes already took a sip. Gwen and her friends must get find the cure. Gwen and her friends Daphne, Carson, and Coach Ajax go to Denver to start looking for the cure. In Denver Gwen meets her cousin Rory. Gwen’s cousin Rory isn’t liked probably because her parents did something they shouldn’t have… While on this trip Gwen finds out more about her family, and someone comes back from a little time away. I loved this book as I do with the rest in the series. You find out so much more about Gwen and her family in this book. I love how caring and determined Gwen is especially when it comes to keeping her friends safe. The sequel to this book is Killer Frost. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes urban fantasies.

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CRIMSON FROST
by Jennifer Estep

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CRIMSON FROST by Jennifer EstepCrimson Frost by Jennifer Estep
Published by Kensington Books on 2012-12-24
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
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For a moment, a face flashed before my eyes--the most hideous face I'd ever seen. No matter how hard I tried to forget what had happened, I saw him everywhere I went. It was Loki--the evil god that I'd helped set free against my will.I should have known that my first official date with Logan Quinn was destined to end in disaster. If we'd gotten into a swordfight, or been ambushed by Reapers, I'd have been more prepared. But getting arrested mid-sip at the local coffee hangout? I didn't see that one coming. I've been accused of purposely helping the Reapers free Loki from his prison--and the person leading the charge against me is Linus Quinn, Logan's dad. The worst part is that pretty much everyone at Mythos Academy thinks I'm guilty. If I'm going to get out of this mess alive, I'll have to do it myself. . .

Crimson Frost starts with Logan and Gwen going on their first date. The unexpected happens as Gwen is accused of purposely helping the reapers set Loki free. Gwen and all her friends will stop at nothing to help Gwen clear her name. Even though Logan’s dad is the one leading the charge against Gwen, Logan still stays by Gwen. Of course I have nothing but good things to say about this book. But the ending is pretty sad in my opinion and when you find out who one of Loki’s reaper helpers is you’ll be shocked because I was. The sequel to this book is Midnight Frost. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Urban Fantasies, and Romance.

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