Tahlia Newland has managed to WOW me once again with a story that takes magical realism, fantasy, and everyday problems that teenagers struggle with, and combines them into a story that will whisk you away from reality while at the same time teach you lessons in ways that are enjoyable.
Lethal Inheritance is about a teenager named Ariel, whose life is turned upside down in the blink of an eye, or rather, a scream from her mother. Cast in to a world that she did not even know existed, Ariel watched her mother get kidnapped by strange, scary creatures. Running when her mother screamed for her to, Ariel manages to get away. Met the next morning by a strange woman with an even stranger explanation of what happened and who exactly Ariel is, Ariel goes on a journey to find her mother, to a land that is practically right in her backyard, and yet, she never knew it even existed. Armed only with a beautiful dagger that she does not even know how to use, and a few supplies, Ariel sets off on a path that will take her through experiences that she never thought possible. With a guide named Walnut, and hottie named Nick, Ariel sets off to destroy the demons that took her mother, and get rid of the Serpentine (the evil inside of us), once and for all.
I have to say that this is an absolutely wonderful story for teens and adults alike. Beautifully written and full of fantasy and adventure, I found myself wanting more as soon as the last page was over. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It would make a fantastic gift to that teen in your life who is struggling with the normal issues that teenagers do. It takes the world and makes it understandable and enjoyable, and you realize that everyone doubts theirselves and this book gives you a great understanding of how to take those doubts and rid yourself of them. I give this book 5 stars and if I could, I would give it more!
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Lethal Inheritance (The Diamond Peak Series)
Tahlia writes magical realism and urban fantasy for young adults & adults. She likes stories that are inspiring & empowering and that question the nature of reality, mind and perception. She is an avid reader, an extremely casual high school teacher, an occasional mask-maker and has studied philosophy & meditation for many years. After scripting and performing in Visual Theatre shows for 20 years, she is now a bone-fide expatriate of the performing arts. She lives in an Australian rainforest, is married with a teenage daughter and loves cats, but she doesn’t have one because they eat native birds.
BODY AND SOUL
Kate, the daughter of a lawyer and marine biologist, has just moved to a small beach town in Florida. She’s forced to start over in the middle of the summer, but is used to it by now, since she’s moved around her entire life. When Kate meets Rico and Adriana on her second day at the beach house, everything changes. Kate is introduced to the world of Light and Darkness, and is thrown into the middle of it when a mysterious being attacks her one night. As Kate’s nights continue to get weirder, her friendship with Rico and Adriana grows stronger, and for the first time Kate has real friends. When Rico sits Kate down to tell her what is really happening to her, things start to click for Kate, and she is forced to make a decision to quit or fight for her body and soul.
Jamie Loeak’s debut novel, Body and Soul, was a suprising twist on demons and romance. I have to admit that it started off slow and that at first I did not connect with any of the characters. I just thought that the characters seemed fake and their reactions unrealistic. If someone told me a demon was after my soul I would just show a little more reaction, lol. BUT, as the story progressed so did the characters. I have to admit to being suprised a number of times. I never saw it coming and I always enjoy that in a book. The main characters, Kate, Adriana, and Rico went through a number of things together. I was not very fond of Kate some of the time, but she held up in the end. Adriana and Rico were my favorite. I loved Adriana’s attitude and Rico, well, who doesn’t love a boy named Rico ? 😉 Long story short, a demon is after Kate, and Rico and Adriana have set out to save her, only Kate wants to help save herself. Full of suprising twists and turns, Body and Soul is a great debut novel. It is definitely worth the read and the $2.99. The end of it makes up for the slow beginning. You will be glad that you made it through the beginning and look forward to many more from Jamie Loeak.
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Jamie Loeak is an aspiring YA author. She has written and published her first novel and continues to work toward finishing the trilogy, while new ideas for more novels pop into her ever changing mind. Jamie resides in Florida, where she is a middle school teacher. Finding time for writing is difficult within the world of lesson plans, assessments, and students; however, Jamie makes sure to make time for all of the things that she loves in life, including her students, pets, and loving boyfriend. When Jamie isn’t writing or grading papers, she is forcing her sister into photoshoots or playing her guitar. Her current goal is to finish the Body and Soul Trilogy so that she can let her other ideas escape.
Fayth Devlin’s Blood Lust Rising is an explosive debut novel. It is sizzling hot. You can almost feel the slide of skin against skin; the scrape of fangs in places better not mentioned….this book defines sensual, raw and gritty. Fayth takes you on a fantasy ride of vampires, demons and shape shifters, all in a modern-day, believable setting. The plot was original and out of this world. The fights scenes would have you cringing and glad that you are only reading the action, not involved in it. Ella and Micah kick some major ass.
The characters came to life on the page. By the end of the first chapter I was already a little in love with Micah and Ella both. I would be hard pressed to say which one I liked better. The chemistry between the two of them was smoking; seriously tingle worthy.
“I wasn’t human, not anymore. But I wasn’t fully a vampire either.”
“I, Ella Grey, Shadow Hunter, was now the thing I’d been raised to kill.”
Ella is a feisty, living vampire. Her attitude endeared her to me from the very beginning. Ella was raised a Shadow Hunter, people who are sworn to protect the world from Otherworldly creatures. In her youth, she fell in love with a vampire, Julian. He ended up changing her into a half human-half vampire while trying to save her life. Ella has fangs but can go out in the sunlight and live without blood. She makes a vow to the Shadow Agency that she will not drink blood, even though she craves it. Ella is another one of those kick ass girls I love, but she is also feminine. She gets angry when she should, cries when it hurts or if it will make her feel better, and is fiercely loyal to those she loves.
Micah starts off as sarcastic; think I’m better than you, and oh so smug. Micah is a human, or so he thinks. He is a Shadow Hunter as well. Ella is intensely attracted to him but thinks that he would never really want her because she is a vampire. They fight a lot and the vibes they put off are sexual frustration. Micah comes out to be this fiercely loving, protective and possessive man who will make you swoon, or feel hot all over. =)
Ella, “One more word and I’ll bite you.”
Micah, “Try it and I’ll shove a stake through your heart.”
Julian is Ella’s sire. He is a 400 year-old vampire. He is sick, twisted and evil in a completely hot, bad boy way. He is one of those characters you love to hate. He wants Ella but Ella is bound to Micah and despises Julian. Ella and Julian have this twisted sire bond that causes all kinds of havoc.
Ella and Micah do not sound like star-crossed lovers but throw in a Succubus and mix it all around and you get beautiful chaos.
A four-day “retreat” that they barely remember. Blood soaked sheets and startling, bright blue eyes; changes that will rock the foundation of their very world.
A prophecy foretold their union. They are soul-mates that cannot be unbound. The Vampire Queen vows that Ella will be destroyed. Nothing, or nobody, will get in her way.
I do not want to say anymore because if I do it will be nothing but spoilers but I do want to mention her other characters. Fayth created not just a world for Micah and Ella, but for their family and friends. Her character development is very thorough. She put up a beautiful cast of people who you will fall in love with as well, and you can tell have their own story to tell in time. Hannah is Ella’s teenager sister and is beautiful but not a fighter. She is terrified of blood but a little spunky herself, or at least flirtatious. Eli is Micah’s teenage brother, a little geeky and a lot hot for Hannah, in a sweet, shy way. Ella’s Uncle Roy is a powerful man who would do anything for his nieces. Dante and Castro are otherworldly but become a big part of the story, on the friends’ side. There is also Micah’s father, a twisted man and the head of The Shadow Hunter Agency. He will give you the creepy-crawlies and not in a good way.
This book was action-packed suspense. It was romantic, steamy and at times it was laugh-out-loud hilarious. I would highly recommend reading this book. Blood Lust Rising is book 1 of the Vampire Queen Trilogy and I am eagerly anticipating the next installment. At only $2.99 on Amazon, this book is a steal.
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Blood Lust Rising (The Vampire Queen Trilogy)