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Feature Friday

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UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale) by Chanda Hahn

unechantedMina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated, that is until she saves her crushes life on a field trip, changing her High School status from loser to hero overnight. But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. For Mina is descended from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business. Which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her it’s next fairytale victim.

To break the fairy tale curse on her family and make these deadly occurrences stop, Mina must finish the tales until the very Grimm end.

 

http://www.amazon.com/UnEnchanted-Unfortunate-Fairy-Tale-ebook/dp/B006ROK1UM/

 

I loved this book. My daughter loved book (she read it in a single night).  The plot in unique and the characters are all very likeable. I do have to say there was one twist that I didn’t see coming at all and the ending is very much a draw to book 2.

 

 

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*REMINDER THIS IS A FEATURE NOT A REVIEW*

Since it is October, I will be featuring horror books ~ remember all things scary 😀

This week’s feature is Hawthorn Inn by Heidi Willard.

Jack Erikson doesn’t have great expectations when his mother moves them to an old decrepit inn in a town just as musty, but he’s unprepared for the oddities that start springing out of the rotten woodwork. New friends introduce him to legends and rumors that have swirled around the inn since time-immemorial, and he finds plenty of proof to believe them as strange noises and twisted shadows stalk the halls.

Worst of all, his estranged grandfather has invited himself to join them at the inn. Creepy doesn’t begin to describe that black-cloaked gentleman with the pale skin and weird, ever-constant glasses. Old secrets, mysterious sealed-up rooms and creeping shadows abound as Jack tries to manage his new life at Hawthorn Inn.

Hawthorn Inn is the first in a five novel horror/supernatural thriller series featuring Jack Erikson, a normal teenager with not-so-normal secrets.

I have read the first three books in this series and have enjoyed them all.  I did struggle with the point of view (POV) when I started Hawthorn. I’m not sure if it was due to the fact I’m a writer or that it’s omnipresence. BUT the compiling characters and great story line kept me readying.

Currently, the first book is free for the kindle ~

http://www.amazon.com/Hawthorn-Inn-Catalyst-Series-ebook/dp/B00BMVWE8M/Hawthorn Inn

Feature Friday

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Every Friday I’ll ‘feature’ a young adult book I’ve enjoyed… this week it’s Thrall book 1 in the Daughters of Lilith by Jennifer Quintenz.  As a feature, I don’t do a review as much as a brief why I liked it… I don’t give away any plot twist that aren’t revealed in the author’s blurb (unlike some reviews where when I finish I think  why do I need to read this book???)

thrall

 

Blurb ~

Braedyn is a normal girl just trying to survive high school with her two devoted friends, Royal and Cassie. Together they’re doing a pretty good job of shrugging off the slings and arrows cast their way by the popular crowd when a new boy, Lucas, moves into the house next door. Suddenly Braedyn finds herself falling in love for the first time.

But as her sixteenth birthday approaches, Braedyn discovers humankind is at war with the Lilitu, an ancient race of enticing demons that prey on human souls. Her father is a member of the Guard fighting against the Lilitu – and so are the new neighbors, including her crush, Lucas.

As her world starts to unravel at the seams, Braedyn learns the right answers aren’t always clear or easy. And as for “good” and “evil” – it all depends on how we choose to act.

Inspired by the ancient Mesopotamian myths of Lilith and her offspring, Thrall explores first love, strong friendships, and taking on adult responsibilities against the backdrop of powerful supernatural forces and life-and-death stakes.

 

My thoughts ~

 

I really really enjoyed this book… it has one feature I usually stay away from in young adult books. High School – I didn’t enjoy going to high school and as a rule I don’t enjoy reading about teens dealing with high school drama. High school and the drama are overshadowed (in a good way) by the ‘real’ story.

 

Ms. Quintenz does an excellent job creating characters that I became so invested in that I was willing to endure the high school drama to see what was going to happen. The story is richly layered and while some of the ‘surprises’ are expected many aren’t and will keep the reader engaged. The story flows well. Starting with Braedyn as a normal girl. There is only about one chapter of set up before the author throws the story in high gear. I felt like I was on this insane roller coaster ride Braedyn 🙂

 

If you enjoy young adult fantasy with a true ‘teen’ element then I would highly recommend this book.

 

I’m always open to suggestions to read in the young adult category.  If you are a reader of young adult and would like to do a Feature Friday, let me know. You don’t have to read fantasy/Sci-fi it would be great to have some of the other young adult genre featured.