Posted January 20, 2023 by Marsha in Debut Title, Fantasy, NetGalley, Paranormal Romance, Sexual Content, St. Martin's Press, Standalone / 1 Comment
A deeper magic. A stronger curse. A family lost…and found.
Persephone May has been alone her entire life. Abandoned as an infant and dragged through the foster care system, she wants nothing more than to belong somewhere. To someone. However, Persephone is as strange as she is lonely. Unexplainable things happen when she’s around—changes in weather, inanimate objects taking flight—and those who seek to bring her into their family quickly cast her out. To cope, she never gets attached, and never makes friends. And she certainly never dates. Working odd jobs and always keeping her suitcases half-packed, Persephone is used to moving around, leaving one town for another when curiosity over her eccentric behavior inevitably draws unwanted attention.
After an accidental and very public display of power, Persephone knows it’s time to move on once again. It’s lucky, then, when she receives an email from the one friend she’s managed to keep, inviting her to the elusive Wile Isle. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. However, upon arrival, Persephone quickly discovers that Wile is no ordinary island. In fact, it just might hold the very things she’s been searching for her entire life.
Answers. Family. Home.
And some things she did not want. Like 100-year-old curses and an even older family feud. With the clock running out, love might be the magic that saves them all.
This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Tags: Fantasy, NetGalley ARC, Paige Crutcher, paranormal, St. Martin's Press, The Orphan Witch
Posted April 6, 2020 by Marsha in Paranormal Romance, Series / 0 Comments
If you don’t like pixies, don’t read this diary.
If you don’t like loud-mouthed pixies who are really cool but sometimes get told they’re immature (for no reason), then definitely stop reading.
Oh, and if you’re His Awfulness The Elf Prince ‘Dare’ Darius, then you can kiss my butt. My hatred for you burns with the fire of a thousand suns. Thanks for getting me kicked out of Pixieland and exiled to attend some rando human high school on Earth. You’re the worst, even if you have a cute smile. And nice eyes. Your hair looks okay sometimes, too. But you’re still a creep and I loathe you.
And to everyone else: if you’ve read this far, then you better finish my entire diary.
My story is supernatural, whacked-out, and overall awesome.
Titles in the Pixieland Diaries series include – Pixieland Diaries – Calla – Dare – Ivy
Tags: Christina Bauer, Fantasy, Pixieland Diaries, Pixieland Diaries #1, YA
Posted March 7, 2017 by Marsha in Series / 0 Comments
Luciana grew up on the Isle of Moon, hidden away because of her magical powers. But when her father arrives, he offers her a choice: remain on the island or return with him and marry the Beast of Benwick in order to save their legacy—and her father’s life.
Lord Leofric, the Beast of Benwick, has not been touched since he was a child. Born with the power to harness lightning, he is a danger to everyone he touches. When he meets his betrothed, he expects a loveless, lonely marriage…until he discovers she’s vastly more powerful than he realized. But is she strong enough to withstand his touch?
If they can survive, their love will alter the future of the kingdom. But will their extraordinary powers cost them everything?
Titles in The Embraced series include: How To Tame A Beast In Seven Days – So I Married A Sorcerer –
Tags: Fantasy, How To Tame A Beast In Seven Days, Kerrelyn Sparks, paranormal, romance
Posted October 1, 2015 by Marsha in Series / 0 Comments
Series: Servants of Fate #3
Author: Sarah Fine
Published: September 29, 2015
My Rating: 5 stars
Aislin Ferry and Jason Moros have only days until they will be called to account before the Keepers of the Afterlife. Yet as they race to restore order and make their case, their worlds fall into total disarray.
Mutiny within the fractured Ferry family threatens Aislin’s hold on power and role as Charon. Meanwhile, the fearsome Lord of the Kere has family trouble of his own. Someone is unraveling the fabric of fate, and Moros suspects one of his supernatural siblings is behind the terrible bid to unleash Chaos.
Now unlikely allies, Aislin and Moros each need the other to escape the wrath of the Keepers. As the stakes rise, it becomes clear that protecting their respective empires is not the endgame. With the fate of all humanity dangling by a thread, Aislin and Moros must surrender completely to one another if they are to fight their common enemy. And as time runs out, someone must make the ultimate sacrifice.
Read on for my thoughts on Fated. No true spoilers, promise.
Tags: Fantasy, Fated, paranormal, Sarah Fine, Servants of Fate #3
Posted September 3, 2015 by Marsha in This one's a Keeper / 0 Comments
Title: Soul Corrupted
Series: Of Demons and Angels #2
Author: Lisa Gail Green
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published: September 9, 2015
Publisher: Full Fathom Five
My Rating: 4 stars
In Soul Corrupted, the sequel to Soul Crossed, life in Heaven isn’t all “happily ever after” for Josh and Grace. Now Guardian Angels, they are entrusted with finding and saving the next potential Antichrist. But Grace is consumed with worry about her family, which is dealing with the aftershocks of her death. She’s particularly concerned about her brother Noah, who has turned down a dangerous path of drugs and violence—and she’s frustrated by the rules of Heaven, which forbid her from contacting them.
Josh has troubles of his own. A former Demon, he questions his ability to guide troubled souls to the light. When he discovers that Noah made a deal with Lucifer and has even been hanging around with Josh’s old Demon pal, Keira, he makes a forbidden counter-deal with the Devil to save Noah’s soul. Josh’s side of the bargain? He has to sever his relationship with Grace.
Josh and Grace’s world is about to spin out of control, testing the limits of true love and blurring the border between Heaven and Hell.
Soul Corrupted is the second installment in Lisa Gail Green’s Of Demon and Angels series, which started with Soul Crossed.
Read on for my thoughts on Soul Corrupted. No true spoilers, promise.
Tags: Fantasy, Lisa Gail Green, Of Demons and Angels #2, Soul Corrupted, Young Adult
Posted July 29, 2015 by Marsha in This one's a Keeper / 0 Comments
Series: The Guardian Legacies #1
Author: Emily Goodwin
Published: July 27, 2015 (original 2011)
My Rating: 3 stars
The world of ghosts and spirits is nothing new to Anora Benson; she’s spent her whole life trying to ignore them, trying to be normal. But when the Pricolici, a group of ancient bounty hunters, are sent after her, Anora realizes she is more than just a medium.
As a witch she has power, power she doesn’t know how to use, power that makes her vulnerable to the demons that desire her gifts. Anora is alone and scared, forced to face the darkness on her own.
Then she meets Ethan, a handsome and mysterious stranger who shows up in her life right along with the magic, and he seems to know quite a bit about her and the Coven she hails from. Will she risk everything by trusting him or risk fighting alone?
Read on for my thoughts on Unbound. No true spoilers, promise.
Tags: Emily Goodwin, Fantasy, paranormal, The Guardian Legacies #1, Unbound
Posted June 15, 2015 by Marsha in This one's a Keeper / 0 Comments
Title: Girls Can’t Be Knights
Author: Lee French
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Published: June 12, 2015
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Portland has a ghost problem.
Sixteen-year-old Claire wants her father back. His death left her only memories and an empty locket. After six difficult years in foster care, her vocabulary no longer includes “hope” and “trust.”
Everything changes when Justin rides his magical horse into her path and takes her under his wing. Like the rest of the elite men who serve as Spirit Knights, he hunts restless ghosts that devour the living.
When an evil spirit threatens Claire’s life, she’ll need Justin’s help to survive. And how could she bear the Knights’ mark on her soul? Everybody knows Girls Can’t Be Knights.
Read on for my thoughts on Girls Can’t Be Knights. No true spoilers, promise.
Tags: Fantasy, Girls Can't Be Knights, Lee French, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Posted June 12, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments
Title: The Ugly Stepsister
Author: Aya Ling
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Retelling
Published: June 12, 2015
My Rating: 4 stars
When Kat accidentally rips apart an old picture book, she’s magically transported into the world of Cinderella–as Katriona, one of the ugly stepsisters!
Life turns upside down now that she’s a highborn lady and must learn how to survive the social season, including how to get through the door in a huge metal hoop skirt.
To get back, she’ll have to complete the story, right to the end of happily ever after. But the odds are huge: the other stepsister is drop-dead gorgeous, the fairy godmother is nowhere to be found, and the prince, despite being insanely hot, openly dislikes balls. Can she ever return to the modern world?
Read on for my thoughts on The Ugly Stepsister. No true spoilers, promise.
Tags: Aya Ling, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Retelling, The ugly Stepsister, Young Adult
Posted March 8, 2015 by Marsha in This one's a Keeper / 0 Comments
Title: The Infinite
Series: Gates of Thread and Stone (book 2)
Author: Lori M. Lee
Published: March 10, 2015
My Rating: 3 stars
Kai always believed the only danger to the city came from within. Now, with a rebel force threatening the fragile government, the walls have become more of a prison than ever.
To make matters worse, as Avan explores his new identity as an Infinite, Kai struggles to remind him what it means to be human. And she fears her brother, Reev, is involved with the rebels. With the two people she cares about most on opposite sides of a brewing war, Kai will do whatever it takes to bring peace. But she’s lost her power to manipulate the threads of time, and she learns that a civil war might be the beginning of something far worse that will crumble not only Ninurta’s walls but also the entire city.
In this thrilling sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone, Kai must decide how much of her humanity she’s willing to lose to protect the only family she’s ever known.
Read on for my thoughts on the sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone – The Infinite. No true spoilers, promise.
Tags: Fantasy, Lori M. Lee, The Infinite
Posted February 26, 2015 by Marsha in This one's a Keeper / 0 Comments
Title: A Lonely Magic
Author: Sarah Wynde
Published: July 10, 2014
Nothing is what it seems in a glittering new fantasy by best-selling author Sarah Wynde
When a gorgeous guy demands Fen choose between getting shot or overdosing on drugs, she plunges into a sea of trouble. Although she’s rescued from her would-be killer by Luke, a teenage boy, and Kaio, his sexy older brother, escape won’t be so easy.
The protection the brothers provide simmers with unnerving undercurrents. They have secrets and Fen has questions. Who are they? How did they find her? What do they want with her? And why was she targeted for murder in the first place?
When Fen and Luke are forced to run for their lives, Luke spirits Fen down into an enchanting underwater city. But every enchantment has its dark edges. Caught in the tides of emotion, romance, and a plot to destroy humanity, Fen must look deep within herself to find the strength and courage she’ll need to stay afloat in this amazing new world.
Submerge yourself in the latest gripping novel from Sarah Wynde, author of the Tassamara series. You won’t want to come up for air before the final enthralling page of A Lonely Magic.
Read on for my thoughts on A Lonely Magic,. No true spoilers, promise.
Tags: A Lonely Magic, Fantasy, Sarah Wynde
Posted February 26, 2015 by Marsha in This one's a Keeper / 2 Comments
Title: Gates of Thread and Stone
Series: Gates of Thread and Stone (book 1)
Author: Lori M. Lee
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Published: August 5, 2014
In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.
In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.
Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.
Read on for my thoughts on Gates of Thread and Stone. No true spoilers, promise.
Tags: Fantasy, Gates of Thread and Stone, Lori M. Lee, romance