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New Adult Contemporary Fantasy from Tahlia Newland: Stalking Shadows: Diamond Peak #2


This is the second book in Tahlia Newland’s Diamond Peak series. If you follow my blog, you know I do not do long reviews for anything but the 1st book in a series, but this is one that you do not want to miss.

My review for the 1st book in the series:

Ariel and Nick are at it again, fighting demons that prey off your emotions. In a new twist on fantasy, Tahlia introduces us again to magical realism. She puts characters in fantastical situations, but they are actually fighting everyday situations that have to do with hate, greed, envy, and the like. Her characters are rich in real life experiences, following on life’s journey of emotional ups and downs. I loved the relationship between Nick and Ariel. It was so pure with the promise of young love and the maturity to put it on hold while they fought the demons they were pitted against. In a race to save Ariel’s mother’s life, Ariel discovers who she is and what she is capable of. This is a gripping series that I would recommend to anyone. It has a great moral compass to encompass the ages. I look forward to book three!



Book Two on Amazon


Book Three on Amazon


Lethal Inheritance
Stalking Shadows
Demon’s Grip 

Stalk Tahlia

Lethal Inheritance Blog Tour (Tahlia Newland)

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!


Lethal Inheritance (The Diamond Peak Series)

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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.

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When superhero wanna-be, Carly, stands up to a bully, he turns on her, forcing her to battle cutting words, flying hooks, a doubt dragon and a suffocating closet. Her karate-trained boyfriend, Dylan’s desire to stop the harassment sets off a struggle to control his inner caveman. Meanwhile, Carly searches for inner strength and a peaceful solution. Will she find it before Dylan resorts to violence?

This heart-warming magical realism story offers real solutions for handling bullying that will inspire and empower teens and adults alike.



Carly is a spunky sixteen years old. In the face of standing up to a bully, she puts herself in his path. While standing up for herself, she is asked out by Dylan, the smart nerd. She sees him in a different light and agrees. The bully harasses her throughout the book while she tries to live with it and forgive him for how he is because she realizes he has a bad home life. She tries all sorts of different things to stop the bullying, but the more she turns the other cheek, the more he bullies her, going so far as trapping her in the woods with ill intentions. She tries to rewrite her own story the whole book, even trying mediatation and the power of love to change the bully. She also takes a look at the other kids who have been bullied their whole lives and tries to help them stand up straighter.

Using magical realism, the author takes you on a strange ride with older teenagers who seem to have overactive imaginations. The story was good, and I loved that it took a look at real life problems. Most kids have to deal with being bullied, and it can be a very painful and confidence shattering part of life. I do think that the story would have worked better if the characters were younger as I cannot imagine sixteen year old acting like the ones in the book. Regardless of that, the magical realism takes real world problems and combines them with the extraordinary to bring them from being hard to deal with, to making kids believe they can be superheroes. I would let my children read the book if they were having problems with a bully. I also enjoyed the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. They really made the book. I give this book 4 stars.

Author Bio:

Hi. I’m an author, avid reader, extremely casual high school teacher & occasional mask-maker. I write urban fantasy and magical realism for adults & young adults and like to challenge readers to look more closely at the nature of their world, their mind and their perception. After creating and performing in Visual Theatre shows for 20 years, I’m now a bone-fide expatriate of the performing arts. I’ve written scripts for theatre in education, short stores for children and adults, and have a novella and novel awaiting publication. I  live in an Australian rainforest, am married with a teenage daughter and love cats, but I don’t have one because they eat native birds.

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