The Education of BetBet is sixteen, very intelligent, but only knows as much as her limited education will allow. In Victorian England, girls aren't allowed to go to school. 
Will is also 16, and though not related by blood, he and Bet act like brother and sister. In fact, they even look like brother and sister. And though they're both raised under the same roof, by the same kind uncle, Will has one big advantage over Bet: He's a boy, and being a boy means he isn't stuck in the grand house they call home. He gets to go out into the world--to school. 
But that's not what Will wishes. He wants to join the military and learn about real life, not what's written in books. 
So one night, Bet comes up with a plan. She'll go to school as Will. Will can join the military. And though it seems impossible, they actually manage to pull it off. 
But once Bet gets to the school, she begins to realize the education she's going to get isn't exactly the one she was expecting. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: I really liked this book. It is a story I've heard many times but I wasn't bored when I read this one. I actually finished it in one sitting. I liked hearing the challenges Bet had at pretending to be a boy. I really liked James, I wouldn't mind being his roommate. :) I would definitely recommend reading this one!

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Claire de Lune (Claire de Lune, #1)Torn between two destinies?
Claire is having the perfect sixteenth birthday. Her pool party is a big success, and gorgeous Matthew keeps chatting and flirting with her as if she's the only girl there. But that night, she discovers something that takes away all sense of normalcy: she's a werewolf.
As Claire is initiated into the pack of female werewolves, she must deal not only with her changing identity, but also with a rogue werewolf who is putting everyone she knows in danger. Claire's new life threatens her blossoming romance with Matthew, whose father is leading the werewolf hunt. Now burdened with a dark secret and pushing the boundaries of forbidden love, Claire is struggling to feel comfortable in either skin. With her lupine loyalty at odds with her human heart, she will make a choice that will change her forever?. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review:  I enjoyed this book. It was different from other werewolf books out there. And it made me wonder about some of the characters, whether they were trustworthy or not. I liked Claire and how she stood up for what she felt was right even though it went against the pack. I'll definitely be reading the second book when it comes out!!

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The Beautiful BetweenIf high school were a fairy-tale kingdom, Connelly Sternin would be Rapunzel, locked not in a tower by a wicked witch but in a high-rise apartment building by the SATs and college applications—and by the secrets she keeps. Connelly's few friends think that her parents are divorced—but they're not. Connelly's father died when she was two, and she doesn't know how. 

If Connelly is the Rapunzel of her school, Jeremy Cole is the crown prince, son of a great and rich New York City family. So when he sits down next to her at lunch one day, Connelly couldn't be more surprised. But Jeremy has a tragic secret of his own, and Connelly is the only one he can turn to for help. Together they form a council of two, helping each other with their homework and sharing secrets. As the pair's friendship grows, Connelly learns that it's the truth, not the secrets, that one must guard and protect. And that between friends, the truth, however harsh, is also beautiful. 

This lovely and memorable debut by Alyssa B. Sheinmel contains many of the hallmark themes found in young adult literature—friendship, coming of age, finding a place to belong, and overcoming the death of a loved one. Emotionally moving from start to finish, The Beautiful Between introduces a strong new voice to the genre, a voice with a long future ahead of it. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: It is interesting what will turn you off in books. For me it is kids doing drugs, smoking, drinking, and swearing.  I hated that Connelly smoked only because Jeremy was, she didn't even like it. So sad. Other than that, it was a decent read. I liked Connelly and Jeremy's friendship. I liked that they had someone to talk to and just feel comfortable with each other. Not sure if I would ever re-read but it was good book.

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April's been saving all year to afford Wellness Canyon (aka Fat Camp) and she can't wait to start losing weight. Wil's wealthy health-nut parents are forcing her to go to the camp, but Wil is determined to get revenge by gaining weight. They're supposed to work together to meet their weight-loss goals. But Wil's leading April on "hikes" to 7-Eleven, April's relentless pep is driving Wil to hit her secret stash of Godiva, and soon they're both crushing on the same guy. With April as committed to the cause as Wil is determined to undermine the system, this summer's going to be about more than just counting calories.... (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: I wanted to read this because they made it into a program on ABC Family. I didn't even end up watching the program. It was a pretty good book. It was fun to see Wil and April's different views. I'm not sure I would be able to share a room with either of them. It had a good ending too. 

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The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse NovellaFans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. 

In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion. 

Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirst for blood... life before she became a vampire. 

All Bree knows is that living with her fellow newborns has few certainties and even fewer rules: watch your back, don't draw attention to yourself and, above all, make it home by sunrise or die. What she doesn't know: her time as an immortal is quickly running out. 

Then Bree finds an unexpected friend in Diego, a newborn just as curious as Bree about their mysterious creator, whom they know only as "her". As they come to realize that the newborns are pawns in a game larger than anything they could have imagined, Bree and Diego must choose sides and decide whom to trust. But when everything you know about vampires is based on a lie, how do you find the truth? (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: I loved Twilight. I just didn't feel the same way about this book. The writing was great but I just didn't fall in love with the characters. Maybe because I knew how it would end? I'm not sure. I'm glad I read it. I did like one aspect of how it ended. I won't say what because that would give away some of the book. All in all a good read, just not as intense as Twilight.

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Soulstice (The Devouring, #2)The terrifying, nail-biting, and grossly intriguing sequel toThe Devouring. 

It's been six months since Reggie first discovered and fought against the Vours, malicious and demonic beings that inhabit human bodies on the eve of the Winter Solstice. 

The Vours still haunt Reggie, but only in her dreams-until one night, when an unexpected visitor turns her nightmares into reality. 

The battle against evil continues in Soulstice, the second book in the thrilling The Devouring series, which School Library Journal called, "Comparable to books by R. L. Stine and Stephen King....A must-have for horror fans." (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: Another creeptastic book!! I'm really liking Horror. I may need to find more books like this. Reggie is still fighting the Vours, and they are coming at her in interesting ways. I can't wait till the third book comes out. 

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The Devouring (The Devouring, #1)When Reggie finds an old journal and reads about the Vours, supernatural creatures who feast on fear and attack on the eve of the winter solstice, she assumes they are just the musings of some lunatic author. But soon, they become a terrifying reality when she begins to suspect that her timid younger brother might be one of their victims.

Risking her life and her sanity, Reggie enters a living nightmare to save the people she loves. Can she devour her own fears before they devour her?

Bone-chilling, terrifying, thrilling...what are you waiting for? (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: Can you say creepy?! I would definitely not recommend to those who don't enjoy creepy scary. Reggie sees all kinds of weird stuff in peoples nightmares. I'm into scary so I really liked it. Kind of makes me want to read more scary books. Off to number 2.

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Perchance to Dream (Théâtre Illuminata, #2)The stuff that dreams are made on. 

Act Two, Scene One 

Growing up in the enchanted Thèâtre Illuminata, Beatrice Shakespeare Smith learned everything about every play ever written. She knew the Players and their parts, but she didn’t know that she, too, had magic. Now, she is the Mistress of Revels, the Teller of Tales, and determined to follow her stars. She is ready for the outside world. 


But the outside world soon proves more topsy-turvy than any stage production. Bertie can make things happen by writing them, but outside the protective walls of the Thèâtre, nothing goes as planned. And her magic cannot help her make a decision between— 

Nate: Her suave and swashbuckling pirate, now in mortal peril. 

Ariel: A brooding, yet seductive, air spirit whose true motives remain unclear. 

When Nate is kidnapped and taken prisoner by the Sea Goddess, only Bertie can free him. She and her fairy sidekicks embark on a journey aboard the Thèâtre’s caravan, using Bertie’s word magic to guide them. Along the way, they collect a sneak-thief, who has in his possession something most valuable, and meet The Mysterious Stranger, Bertie’s father—and the creator of the scrimshaw medallion. Bertie’s dreams are haunted by Nate, whose love for Bertie is keeping him alive, but in the daytime, it’s Ariel who is tantalizingly close, and the one she is falling for. Who does Bertie love the most? And will her magic be powerful enough to save her once she enters the Sea Goddess’s lair? 

Once again, LISA MANTCHEV has spun a tale like no other—full of romance, magic, adventure, and fairies, too—that readers won’t want to put down, even after the curtain has closed. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: I liked this one as much as the first. I love her fairy friends, they are a riot. There is  a wicked love triangle and I can't wait to see how it is resolved. I can't wait for number 3!!

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The Line (Line #1)An invisible, uncrossable physical barrier encloses the Unified States. The Line is the part of the border that lopped off part of the country, dooming the inhabitants to an unknown fate when the enemy used a banned weapon. It’s said that bizarre creatures and superhumans live on the other side, in Away. Nobody except tough old Ms. Moore would ever live next to the Line.
Nobody but Rachel and her mother, who went to live there after Rachel’s dad died in the last war. It’s a safe, quiet life. Until Rachel finds a mysterious recorded message that can only have come from Away. The voice is asking for help.
Who sent the message? Why is her mother so protective? And to what lengths is Rachel willing to go in order to do what she thinks is right? (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: Very interesting concept. I was a little disappointed in the pace. It was slow a lot of the time. I understand we were getting to know the characters, but I wanted a little more action. The ending was a nice little cliff-hanger. I'll definitely be reading the second one.

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The Rose Bride: A Retelling of "The White Bride and the Black Bride" (Once Upon a Time)"Once upon a Time" is Timeless 

When Rose's mother dies, her only comfort is the exquisite rose garden her mother left behind. The purple blossoms serve as an assurance of her mother's love. But Rose is dealt a second blow when her father dies and his greedy widow, Ombrine, and her daughter, Desirée, move in and take over the manor in true Cinderella fashion. 

Fate has been cruel to Ombrine and Desirée, too. So despite their harsh ways, Rose has compassion. But these feelings are bitterly tested when, in a rage, Ombrine tears out the garden. Rose nearly gives up all hope—until a chance meeting with the king. Happiness might be within her reach, but first she must prevail over Ombrine. And then she must determine if she has the courage to love. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: I had never heard this fairy tale so I went online to read it. It is a short story. I liked the difference in this one. Though I thought it was a little odd, but it has to be with what the original was. Love the series.

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Page (Protector of the Small, #2)"Ladies have no place bearing arms..." say many in the kingdom of Tortall. Of course, that hasn't stopped Keladry of Mindelan from pursuing her dream of becoming a knight. 

In this second book of the "Protector of the Small" quartet, Kel's hardships continue as she fights the prejudices that come with being a girl while maintaining the rigorous training of a page. Kel's skills aren't the only things that are developing. Her feelings for her best friend, Neal, are a very uncomfortable way. Luckily, Kel has some new allies, including an ugly but lovable dog and an abused young woman whom she teaches self-defense. She also discovers a new talent when a group of pages is trapped by bandits and suddenly the other pages must call on the only "lady" to lead them. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: A great sequel! I still like the feisty little Kel. She is a great protagonist. I love that she teaches the boys that girls can do most the things they do as well. I can't wait to read Squire.

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Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely, #3)Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone—but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he'd ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.
Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her—but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever imagined.
In Melissa Marr's third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: I liked getting back to Aislinn, Keenan, and Seth. This was mostly about Seth and what he would do to stay with Aislinn. I won't spoil anything but it is kind of predictable. There is one thing that I didn't see coming. It was good and I'm not sure how it will play out later. I have the next book in my TBR pile, can't wait to start it.

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Stopping Time, Part 1

Stopping Time, Part 1 (Wicked Lovely)An exciting e-story original sequel to INK EXCHANGE! 

Leslie walked away from the Dark Court, determined to reclaim her life and live it on her own terms—even if it meant leaving behind the two faeries who love her. She knows Niall and Irial watch over her, and she would give almost anything to keep them from hurting. But she resists the pull to be with either one of them. 

Someone knows about Leslie's past, however, and is intent on using her to reach the fey. And he doesn't care who gets hurt... (Summary from Goodreads)

Stopping Time, Part 2

Stopping Time, Part 2 (Wicked Lovely)In the continuation of Stopping Time, Leslie's darkest past has caught up with her. Now, she must figure out how to keep the fey she loves safe—and how to save herself. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: I really fell in love with Leslie, Irial, and Niall in Ink Exchange so I loved reading a little more about them. I like how it ended even though I still want more about these three. 

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First Test (Protector of the Small, #1)Keladry, known as Kel, has always wanted to be a knight but must deal with the disapproval of some of her teachers and fellow students. But when her young servant is kidnapped on the day of the public exams, Kel has to choose . . . to follow her dreams, or her convictions. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: It took me a little while to get into this book because I like a little romance and Kel is only 10. But then she fought a couple of bullies, but didn't necessarily win, and I fell in love with her. She is one tough girl. I couldn't put the book down. I'm glad all the books are out so I can read them quick! 

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Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely, #2)Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.
Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.
The tattoo does bring changes; not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils. . . . (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: I liked the first book and wasn't sure about this one because I thought I would miss Aislinn and Keenan. We only see a little bit of them in this book. I liked finding out about Leslie, Irial, and Niall. It was a bit darker than the first one so wouldn't necessarily recommend it to everyone. But I came to love/hate Irial, Niall, and even Leslie sometimes. On to book 3!!

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My Name Is MemoryFrom the New York Times-bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, inspired, magical book-a love story that lasts more than a lifetime. 

Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has "the memory", the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he's previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short. 

Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel's unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each other time and time again. But just when young Sophia (now "Lucy" in the present) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, to understand the true reason for the strength of their attraction, the mysterious force that has always torn them apart reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together. 

A magical, suspenseful, heartbreaking story of true love, My Name is Memory proves the power and endurance of a union that was meant to be. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: It took me a while before I picked it up. Not sure why because I loved it. I read it in two sittings, darn work! Daniel is easy to fall in love with, I just wanted everything to work out for him. I won't say if it did or didn't though. You're going to have to read it. :) The only thing I didn't like was the cliffhanger ending. It was brutal. I haven't seen anything on a second book but the author better do one because I want more!!

(Hardcover Worthy)

*Won this from Goodreads first reads.
Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1)Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries. 
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty-especially if they learn of her Sight-and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens. 

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries. 
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer. 

Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention. 
But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. His is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost-regardless of her plans or desires. 

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; everything. 
Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning twenty-first-century faery tale. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: I won the fourth book in this series so I thought I would check out the others. I liked this book. I especially love Seth. Wow!! It is an interesting book. Even though he is kind of a jerk I like Keenan too. The ending was different, in a good way. On to book 2.

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Firespell (Dark Elite, #1)As the new girl at the elite St. Sophia’s boarding school, Lily Parker thinks her classmates are the most monstrous things she’ll have to face… 

When Lily’s guardians decided to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, she was shocked. So was St. Sophia’s. Lily’s ultra-rich brat pack classmates think Lily should be the punchline to every joke, and on top of that, she’s hearing strange noises and seeing bizarre things in the shadows of the creepy building. 

The only thing keeping her sane is her roommate, Scout, but even Scout’s a little weird—she keeps disappearing late at night and won’t tell Lily where she’s been. But when a prank leaves Lily trapped in the catacombs beneath the school, Lily finds Scout running from a real monster. 

Scout’s a member of a splinter group of rebel teens with unique magical talents, who’ve sworn to protect the city against demons, vampires, and Reapers, magic users who’ve been corrupted by their power. And when Lily finds herself in the line of a firespell, Scout tells her the truth about her secret life, even though Lily has no powers of her own—at least none that she’s discovered yet… (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: Good start to an interesting series. I like Scout. She is outgoing and has a good attitude, I also love the name! I'll be keeping my eyes out for the next book!

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Wings (Wings, #1)Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words.
Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.
In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: Good story. Liked that the faeries were associated with plants. I liked that Laurel trusted David with her findings. That seems like it doesn't happen a lot in books. I'll definitely be reading the second one. 

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Guardian of the DeadIn less than a day I had been harassed, enchanted, shouted at, cried on, and clawed. I’d been cold, scared, dirty, exhausted, hungry, and miserable. And up until now, I’d been mildly impressed with my ability to cope. 

At her boarding school in New Zealand, Ellie Spencer is like any ordinary teen: she hangs out with her best friend, Kevin; obsesses over her crush on a mysterious boy; and her biggest worry is her paper deadline. Then everything changes: In the foggy woods near the school, something ancient and deadly is waiting. 

Karen Healey introduces a savvy and spirited heroine with a strong, fresh voice. Full of deliciously creepy details, this adventure is a deftly crafted story of Māori mythology, romance, betrayal, and war. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: I wanted more from the ending. I wasn't too happy on how it turned out. Other than that it was a pretty good book. I thought the mythology was cool. It was a very interesting story.

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The Actor and the HousewifeA very different kind of fantasy from New York Timesbestselling author Shannon Hale.
What if you were to meet the number-one person on your laminated list—you know, that list you joke about with your significant other about which five celebrities you’d be allowed to run off with if ever given the chance? And of course since it’ll never happen it doesn’t matter…
Mormon housewife Becky Jack is seven months pregnant with her fourth child when she meets celebrity heartthrob Felix Callahan. Twelve hours, one elevator ride, and one alcohol-free dinner later, something has happened…though nothing has happened. It isn’t sexual. It isn’t even quite love. But a month later Felix shows up in Salt Lake City to visit and before they know what’s hit them, Felix and Becky are best friends. Really. Becky’s husband is pretty cool about it. Her children roll their eyes. Her neighbors gossip endlessly. But Felix and Becky have something special…something unusual, something completely impossible to sustain. Or is it? A magical story, The Actor and the Housewife explores what could happen when your not-so-secret celebrity crush walks right into real life and changes everything. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: I absolutely loved the dialog. Especially between Felix and Becky, their chemistry was awesome. Love the snark!! While I loved the book, I'm not sure it was one I would read over and over. But I definitely recommend reading it at least once.

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Picture the DeadJennie’s connection with her twin brother, Toby, grew stronger after he died in 1864. Now Jennie must rely on her ability to communicate with the dead to find out what has happened to her beloved fiance, Will, while he was off at war. The army says he died honorably in battle. His brother confides that he became a violent criminal and died in a prison camp. Jennie begins to doubt that anyone is telling her the truth. 

This intriguing combination of historical romance, paranormal thriller, and clever mystery is illustrated by bestselling artist Lisa Brown. The unique visuals originated from real Civil War daguerreotypes that were transformed into eerie mementos for Jennie’s scrapbook. 

With the help of a spiritualist photographer, the spirit of her dead fiance, and the clues she discovers and keeps in her scrapbook, Jennie must put together the pieces of this mystery before she loses her home, her fortune, and possibly her life. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: I'm not sure how I felt about this book. It was kind of an odd read. The pictures were way cool and it kept me guessing. It sure didn't turn out the way I thought it was. I liked it, just not enough to purchase.

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MistwoodThe Shifter is an immortal creature bound by an ancient spell to protect the kings of Samorna. When the realm is peaceful, she retreats to the Mistwod. 

But when she is needed she always comes. 

Isabel remembers nothing. Nothing before the prince rode into her forest to take her back to the castle. Nothing about who she is supposed to be, or the powers she is supposed to have. 

Prince Rokan needs Isabel to be his Shifter. He needs her ability to shift to animal form, to wind, to mist. He needs her lethal speed and superhuman strength. And he needs her loyalty--because without it, she may be his greatest threat. 

Isabel knows that her prince is lying to her, but she can't help wanting to protect him from the dangers and intrigues of the court . . . until a deadly truth shatters the bond between them. 

Now Isabel faces a choice that threatens her loyalty, her heart . . . and everything she thought she knew. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: I liked this book. The twist at the end kind of confused me for a while. I think it is a stand alone but if there were to be a second book I would totally read it. 

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Brightly WovenSydelle Mirabil is living proof that, with a single drop of rain, a life can be changed forever. Tucked away in the farthest reaches of the kingdom, her dusty village has suffered under the weight of a strangely persistent drought. That is, of course, until a wizard wanders into town and brings the rain with him. 

In return for this gift, Wayland North is offered any reward he desires—and no one is more surprised than Sydelle when, without any explanation, he chooses her. Taken from her home, Sydelle hardly needs encouragement to find reasons to dislike North. He drinks too much and bathes too little, and if that isn’t enough to drive her to madness, North rarely even uses the magic he takes such pride in possessing. Yet, it’s not long before she realizes there’s something strange about the wizard, who is as fiercely protective of her as he is secretive about a curse that turns his limbs a sinister shade of black and leaves him breathless with agony. Unfortunately, there is never a chance for her to seek answers. 

Along with the strangely powerful quakes and storms that trace their path across the kingdom, other wizards begin to take an inexplicable interest in her as well, resulting in a series of deadly duels. Against a backdrop of war and uncertainty, Sydelle is faced with the growing awareness that these events aren’t as random as she had believed—that no curse, not even that of Wayland North, is quite as terrible as the one she herself may carry. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: I liked this one. I couldn't put it down. I loved North. I don't think there is going to be a second one, I couldn't find anything online anyways, but I hope there will be. I want more. 

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The Wild Orchid: A Retelling of "The Ballad of Mulan"Wielding a sword as deftly as an embroidery needle, Mulan is unlike any other girl in China. When the emperor summons a great army, each family must send a male to fight. Tomboyish Mulan is determined to spare her aging father and bring her family honor, so she disguises herself and answers the call. But Mulan never expects to find a friend, let alone a soul mate, in the commander of her division, Prince Jian. For all of Mulan's courage with a bow and arrow, is she brave enough to share her true identity and feelings with Prince Jian? (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: This was an interesting take. Just a little different from the original. Had some questions about the ending. But it was a great book!!

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Midnight Pearls: A Retelling of "The Little Mermaid" (Once Upon a Time)In a quiet fishing village, one lone fisherman rescued a child from the sea seventeen years ago. He and his wife raised the girl, Pearl, as their own daughter, never allowing themselves to wonder long about where she came from -- or notice her silver hair, usually pale skin, and wide, dark blue eyes.
Pearl grows from a mysterious child into an unusual young woman, not always welcomed in the village. As all the other girls her age find husbands, she has only one friend to ease her loneliness. One very special, secret companion: Prince James.
But their friendship is shaken when trouble erupts in the kingdom -- a conspiracy against the royal family combines with an evil enchantment from beneath the sea. Now, just when Pearl and James need each other most, bewitching magic and hints about Pearl's past threaten to tear them apart...forever. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: Loved the new take on The Little Mermaid. I always have some feeling about who the main character should end up with. This one I was torn for a while. As with all the others in the Once Upon a Time series I loved this book. Make sure you read them all!!

(Hardcover Worthy)

Wake (Dream Catcher, #1)

Wake (Dream Catcher, #1)NOT ALL DREAMS ARE SWEET. 

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime. 

She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control. 

Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant.... (Summary from Goodreads)

Fade (Dream Catcher, #2)

Fade (Dream Catcher, #2)SOME NIGHTMARES NEVER END.

For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They're just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck.

Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody's talking. When Janie taps into a classmate's violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open -- but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie's in way over her head, and Cabe's shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both.

Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability -- and it's bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a dream catcher sealed, but what's to come is way darker than she'd feared.... (Summary from Goodreads)

Gone (Dream Catcher, #3)

Gone  (Dream Catcher, #3)OPEN YOUR EYES.

Janie thought she knew what her future held. And she thought she’d made her peace with it. But she can’t handle dragging Cabel down with her.

She knows he will stay with her, despite what she sees in his dreams. He’s amazing. And she’s a train wreck. Janie sees only one way to give him the life he deserves: She has to disappear. And it’s going to kill them both.

Then a stranger enters her life — and everything unravels. The future Janie once faced now has an ominous twist, and her choices are more dire than she’d ever thought possible. She alone must decide between the lesser of two evils. And time is running out.... (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: These were an interesting story but I wouldn't recommend them. Only because of the language. And the second book is a little dark. I loved Cabel. He was so good to Janie. I didn't see the little twist at the end. I liked how it ended. 

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