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Cryptid Taples Triple Cover Reveal!!!!

Published January 10, 2013 by crysbookreviews

Reveal Cryptid Tales 1

Reveal (Cryptid Tales #1) eBook Version Free on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!!!!!!

Blurb:

Shay could be the key to ending a war that humans don’t know exist. Of a race of beings that aren’t real, or are they?

Shay Tafford’s childhood has been fatherless, filled instead with memories of speaking to the dead. She is forced to hide her unique ability from those living around her. That’s why it’s been comforting to have Jeremy, a child ghost, as her confidante. But recently he’s been absent, perhaps lost as her father is. When Shay meets Hugh, the guy she’s had a crush on for weeks, and finds he can speak to ghosts too she’s just starting to find a normalcy in her life.

But as Hugh reveals the truth to Shay, about who she really is and about what it is she can do, he erases all chances she had at a normal existence. Turns out talking to ghosts is just scratching the surface of her genetically engineered gifts. Shay learns she may be part of an age old prophecy that could save the entire race of cryptids. But can she?

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Capture Cryptid Tales 2

Capture (Cryptid Tales #2) eBook only $2.99!

Blurb:

One this is for sure, Shay is in for the fight of her life.

Shay is finally learning who she is, and who it is she will become. But for now escaping the clutches of the evil Malsumis will have to be enough. Or is it?

In Capture Shay embraces other cryptids in order to defeat their common enemy.

She is willing to die trying to save her father and the love of her life, Hugh.

But can Hugh, her cryptid mate, protect her from the evil Malsumis? Or will she fall victim to his horrible plans?

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Settle Cryptid Tales 3

Settle (Cryptid Tales #3) Release Date Late January/Early February

Blurb:

Betrayal leaves nasty scars. A soul departs. Love must conquer all, or be lost forever.

Shay’s life has once again fallen into mystery as she discovers her father’s whereabouts. On a mission to locate him and bring him home she learns more about who to trust than she thought possible. Her group of cryptids will be forced to rise again and defeat their common enemy, but they will also discover another hidden threat. As thier queen, Shay’s discoveries in Settle, the final installment of the Cryptid Tales series, will shake the cryptid world forever.

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17213687-settle

 

Brina Courtney

About Brina:

Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She’s spent the last few years as an elementary teacher and a high school cheering coach. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs.

Website: http://www.brinacourtney.com/

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Young Adult Faeries and Fantasy Giveaway Hop!

Published January 8, 2013 by crysbookreviews

Young Adult Faeries and Fantasy Blog Hop

This stop is going to have 2 books up for grabs, one Fae and one Fantasy! Only because I love them both so much that I decided to do both!

The first book up for grabs is…..

Throne of Glass

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined. goodreads-badge-add-plus-1

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The Faerie RingDebut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger.

The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.

Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.

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Bound by Erica O’Rourke (Torn Trilogy #3)

Published January 8, 2013 by crysbookreviews

Bound

Mo Fitzgerald has made her choice: A life in Chicago. A future with Colin. To leave behind the enigmatic Luc and the world of the Arcs. But the more she struggles to keep her magic and mortal lives separate, the deadlier the consequences. In the end, Mo must risk everything–her life, her heart, her future–or lose it all.

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I honestly didn’t think this book could be any better then the last one. Boy, was I wrong. Mo had so many decisions that affected everyone’s lives, hers, Lucs, Colins, Constance, her mom, dad and uncle. I honestly was hoping  for Luc to be the guy she ends up with. I mean really I have managed to be Team Luc throughout the books, I wasn’t stopping now. I was really worried about how Erica was going to end the trilogy. She definitely didn’t disappoint me.

I don’t even know where to start on on how I felt about this book. Honestly, my emotions were everywhere. It has been a while since I read theses books, but I still remember hoping for a specific ending and for crying and laughing at certain points of the book. I won’t tell you what ending I hoped for, you already know who I wanted her to end up with. Which is more then enough information until you read these awesome books.

Everything comes to a head when Mo has to decide which life and which guy she wants with no uncertainty. She wanted to go to New York before everything started, could she go there? If so with what guy? She could stay in Chicago with Colin or go to New Orleans with Luc. She really had to work through what she wanted and it was great to see her become the person she was always meant to be. With no doubts, because honestly she has doubted herself since day 1.

I almost wished for a 4th book that was later down the road, but honestly Erica ended it perfectly I think. I couldn’t get enough of it.

RATING:

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Tangled by Erica O’Rourke (Torn Trilogy #2)

Published January 7, 2013 by crysbookreviews

Tangled

Constance started to keen as the air around us began to thrash and twist, the caustic scent of ozone burning my nose. As I watched, her dark gold hair began to lift and kink into knots.

“I’m here. It’ll be okay.” It was the last thing I said before my best friend’s little sister went supernova in the second-floor girls’ bathroom, taking me with her.

A month ago, Mo Fitzgerald risked her life to stop an ancient prophecy and avenge her best friend’s murder. Now, she only wants to keep her loved ones safe. But the magic—and the Chicago Mob—have other plans.

Mysterious, green-eyed Luc is back, asking for help—and a second chance. Colin, her strongest protector, is hiding a shocking secret. And inside Constance, the magic is about to go terribly wrong. Tangled in a web of love and betrayal, Mo must choose between the life she’s dreamed of and the one she’s destined for.

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Oh wow what a sequel! Erica did a great job with this book. I loved the drama between Mo and Constance. I get why Constance was so angry, I mean who wouldn’t be angry about losing family members all over the place. I get why she treats Mo the way she does but I don’t think Mo deserves it at all.

Oh lord I am still Team Luc although Colin definitely had his moments that were sweet and had me wavering a little bit on whose side I would want Mo to be on. There was just something more between Mo and Luc then there was for Mo and Colin. Of course Colin seemed more good then bad even with his affiliation with her uncle. He definitely had his reasons for working for her uncle. Still I really didn’t think they were worth it too much. I mean they were admirable but I wouldn’t do a life debt with a man like that.

This time there was a lot of drama about the magic. Who knew that when trying to fix it, Mo and Luc would accidentally mess it up even more. I felt so bad for her because of the more guilt that she had on her because of everything. She never seemed to catch a break. This trilogy really surprised me so much. I am not going to give away anything but I definitely recommend reading these books by Erica.

RATING:

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Torn by Erica O’Rourke (Torn Trilogy #1)

Published January 3, 2013 by crysbookreviews

Torn

Everyone has secrets.
Even best friends.

Mo Fitzgerald knows about secrets. But when she witnesses her best friend’s murder, she discovers Verity was hiding things she never could have guessed. To find the answers she needs and the vengeance she craves, Mo—quiet, ordinary, unmagical Mo—will have to enter a world of raw magic and shifting alliances. And she’ll have to choose between two very different, equally dangerous guys—protective, duty-bound Colin and brash, mysterious Luc. One wants to save her, one wants to claim her. Which would you choose?

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I had this book for a while before I decided to head into the trilogy to read. I don’t know why I waited so long. I absolutely loved Mo, Luc and Colin. They all had such complex relationships with each other and they all held their secrets close to their chest. I honestly loved the whole trilogy from start to end.

Mo, who was also nicknamed Mouse by her best friend and well everyone, was quite spunky. I loved how she didn’t just take everything lying down. I loved that she cared so much about what happened to her and her best friend. She worked diligently to get those answers even though when she first met Luc he asked her, almost begged her to not look into it. She harbors major guilt about it and I felt so bad for her. I know I would have felt the same way.

I loved the love triangle between her, Luc and Colin. At first I was for Colin because I really thought that Mo had the right impression about Luc. There was just something about Luc that I loved. I pretty much stayed Team Luc after that for the whole trilogy, which I am sure you will hear more about tomorrow when the other two books are reviewed. I loved the way he treated Mo, not like she was this precious commodity but like she mattered and could handle what was thrown to her.

Trust me a lot was thrown her way too. That twist at the end of the book! Oh My God!!! I didn’t see that coming at all which is rare, I read so much that I kinda have a good idea on what will happen throughout the book. But not these ones. I loved every second of this book, it was crazy and great all at the same time.

RATING:

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The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1)

Published January 3, 2013 by crysbookreviews

The Lost Prince

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

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I received this book months ago from Netgalley. I know I am a little behind, trust me I realized that when I looked at my Goodreads read list and realized that there were a ton of books without the words “Reviewed” next to them. Shows me not to go on a hiatus. I had really, really high hopes for this book because of the Iron Fey series that I absolutely loved. Now I was so excited that there was going to be a book about a teen Ethan. He was so cute in the last series and this time around he was so angry about everything and everyone.

I could understand to an extent why he was angry, but I felt he unjustly blamed Meghan for it. She really had no option but to leave him and we all know how time is completely different in their world vs. ours. I did like her cameo and of course Ash’s cameo in the book but I really wished that they had a bigger part but I understand that it was not their story anymore, it is Ethan’s.

We meet a few new characters in this book, I loved Kenzie and Kierran. Kenzie had a great outlook on life and I completely understood why when it was revealed in the book. I wasn’t a big fan of how Ethan treated Kenzie. He definitely had his moments where he was sweet but really he had more jerky moments then I like in a character. Kierran happened to be awesome, I am not telling you how he comes into play in the story because it will give everything away.

The story was good though and I loved some of the new characters, like I said before. I was also happy to see a few characters come back to this story. I am hoping the next book that comes out this September, The Traitor Son, is a little better. I want Ethan to try and be a better person probably more than I should since he is a character in a book.

RATING:

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How to Break Up with an Alien by Magan Vernon (My Alien Romance #2)

Published January 2, 2013 by crysbookreviews

How to Break Up with an Alien

Face it, long distance relationships in high school are hard,
especially when the other one in the relationship is an alien.
Alex Bianchi may have survived an intergalactic battle, but that still doesn’t excuse her from her senior year of high school, or qualify her for any sort of scholarship. To make up for college tuition costs, she takes a job at a local coffee shop. If only coffee could solve all of her problems.

As Alex’s senior year progresses, everything changes and she can’t figure out if it is interstellar or if it is just time to break up with an alien.

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This is the second book in the series by Magan and it definitely didn’t disappoint. This time the issue between Ace and Alex is the time and distance away from each other. Not to mention that she gets in her mind that Ace is cheating on her. Which makes no sense to me but I know as a teen I had that same thought in my long distance relationship.

While at school, Alex gets a job at a local coffee shop and starts working with Simone. She and Simone hit it off and become friends right away. I thought everything was going to be okay but of course there were some twists in the book. Ace does everything he can to show her that he loves her and wants her. Of course it didn’t help that Alex’s “friend” was putting ideas in her head.

There was so much drama in this one. I know there were moments in this book that I either cried or teared up. Of course there were other moments where I laughed out loud. I really wanted them to have the happily ever after, that didn’t happen kinda. The book ended happily but it isn’t the last one in the series. I can’t wait for the next one to come.

I hope the next book is just as great as the first two have been.

RATING:

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How to Date an Alien by Magan Vernon (My Alien Romance #1)

Published January 2, 2013 by crysbookreviews

How to Date an Alien

Awkward teenage girl, Alex Bianchi, finds love when she takes an internship at Circe Operations Center.

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This was the first book that I read from Magan Vernon. Of it wasn’t the last one! I loved her alien story so much that I decided to give a chance to another author who had just released an alien book at that time, Jennifer L Armentrout. This book had so many characters that I really enjoyed. Of course I loved Alex the most.

I loved how nerdy she was and how fiery she could be. She was so funny about herself too, instead of taking things badly, she works through things. Okay most of the time, I mean she is a teen, I remember having my moments of irrationality at that age. She was very tough because even though she got thrown into a situation at Circe with her dad and the other interns, she was able to get through everything. And she made friends! I loved that she actually attempted to be the savior instead of the damsel in distress. She did have her moments where she was the damsel.

Ace was amazing because not only does he Alex a few times but he is willing to do anything to be with her. As long as Alex wants him of course. I thought he was an amazing character, he really cared about her and was actually really sweet. Most guys in YA books tend to be jerky but he was sweet, of course he had his own secrets. Which I won’t give away because it was well worth the read to find out about it.

I really don’t want to give too much away because this book was amazing, I have loved every book I have read by Magan, who I know via email is a sweetheart. I am really glad I found her books!

RATING:

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Waiting on Wednesday #1!

Published January 2, 2013 by crysbookreviews

Boundless

The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California – and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfil her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.

Why I am waiting for it?

The last book of the series, I can’t wait to read it. I need to know who Clara ends up with Christian or Tucker, either one is a great choice for her. So much drama for her and her family so far though, I am hoping that it will be a great ending to this amazing series by Cynthia Hand. It is scheduled to release on January 22.

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard (Something Strange and Deadly #1)

Published January 1, 2013 by crysbookreviews

Something Strange and Deadly

The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

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This is also another book that I read a while ago and I really did enjoy it but I never fully got into it. I am hoping that the next one is much more fascinating for me. I loved the whole concept of zombies in the 1800s. And a female heroine is great, Eleanor had her moments that were relate-able. It was hard because I don’t actually know what life would have been like for a female teen in the mid 1800s in Philly.

Daniel had his moments where I wanted to punch him in the face but of course he is a love interest so he had his redeeming moments. His back story explained why he wasn’t always the greatest with expressing his feelings. The rest of the Spirit-Hunters were amazing, they were funny and nice to Eleanor.

I liked this book quite a bit and I can’t wait for the second book which has a lovely cover on it to come out in July. I am hoping there is more back story and Eleanor and Daniel have a chance to actually be together. Plus the twist at the end of the first book should help make this book amazing.

RATING:

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