The Meadowsweet Chronicles
Author: Katie M John
Publisher: Little Bird Publishing House
Publish Date: Oct 10, 2014
487 pages, ebook
This book was so well-written I am actually stymied. Witchcraft had everything I love in a paranormal book: three sisters, strong women I can relate to, a very solid sense of reality (ie: believable), men whom I would fall for, mean and conniving evil people, blood, history that dates back so long ago families can barely remember what started it all, spookie houses and scary things that go bump in the night. Seriously I could go on and on. Scary is a very light word for this book. It had me on the edge of my seat where I actually considered putting it down, it was giving me the hebejebees. I am so glad I never put it down. It was magnificent.
As I mentioned, there are three sisters who have been raised in a home with a single mom who owns an apothecary store. They are known as the slightly weirdos in the town. But the girls are pretty and smart so they have learned to fit in. On the other side, there is a trio of sisters who have spent their lives making the Meadowsweet's lives miserable. Especially that of the middle sister, Fox, who lives everyday with the annoyance of Thalia making her life miserable. Fox has incredible friends who stick up for her, including the ever present Will. In walks Jeremiah, who is a spoiled rich boy who has his way with the flick of his sexy smile. Thankfully this smile does nothing for Fox, or so she things.
Just as Jeremiah comes in to the picture, Fox begins to experience visions of sort, but since she has never had them before, she is not sure that is really what they are. There are visions from the past, the future and present. She cannot make heads nor tails of them. As she has grown up sheltered from witchcraft, she is not sure she can turn to her sisters. Who can she trust?
In the midst of Fox's newest visions, there is a mysterious disappearance of a local girl and her beau. Is Fox's visions part of that chaos or is it completely on its own?
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Ever since its earliest days, the small English village of Heargton has been steeped in the occult. Tales of witchcraft and paranormal activity have been part of the local folklore for generations. Some people blame the lay lines that intersect at the very centre of the village, others blame a terrible curse.
700 years on, Heargton Village still holds dark secrets, and when one of the village girls falls victim to a terrible ritual killing, the old superstitions resurface.
At the heart of these whispers are the Meadowsweet sisters. All beautiful, all charming, all eccentric, but it is the middle daughter, seventeen-year-old Fox, who captures the imagination of American newcomer Jeremiah Chase; a deviant New York playboy sent to live with his Aunt in the Chase ancestral home of Coldstone Hall. A place that has its own grisly history.
But, as Jeremiah discovers the history of the Meadowsweet Sisters, the Chase family history is also unearthed, leading Jeremiah to understand that good and evil are not always on opposing sides.
A tale of witchcraft, demons and ghosts, blending traditional English folklore with the American Gothic.
Author: Sarah Noffke
Publisher: One-Twenty-Six Pages
Publish Date: Nov 24, 2014
312 pages, ebook
If you are a book junkie like me, you understand how difficult it is to choose one book to take on a trip. THIS BOOK is the perfect book for traveling. But you should know I would have to take the entire series on my trip. lol #bookproblems.
Sarah Noffke built an amazing world with the most basic understand for those of us who just cannot get into books like Game of Thrones bc there is just too much. I was able to read this book, see it in my mind, understand it and then Sarah continued to build on that amazing foundation. I LOVED THIS BOOK! It is a book I will be recommending for years to come. This is a book I hope to be able to come back to when I start writing books that have world building in them. I want a book that anyone can understand and follow while the visuals are so real.
Sarah gets us in the store from the first page. We have no time to pitter patter on the edge of wondering what is happening. She pulls me in from the get-go. Roya is a very scared girl wondering what the heck has been happening to her. She gets visits from a few people, but cannot actually make heads or tails of the conversation cb they leave things out. After a life so far, of mystery and wondering where she belongs, she decides she has no choice but to give it a chance. The trip to finding answers is never easy, she has to drown herself and wake up in a Lucidites world.
She meets the most amazing people who are good or bad, she really doesn't know. Having been alone most of her life, she receeds in the background, but realizes that a few of those people will not allow her to be quiet. They demand her participation.
Because the description does not provide more, I do not want to give away anymore. SO GO READ IT. NOW.
Goodreads Description: Around the world humans are hallucinating after sleepless nights.
In a sterile, underground institute the forecasters keep reporting the same events.
And in the backwoods of Texas, a sixteen-year-old girl is about to be caught up in a fierce, ethereal battle.
Meet Roya Stark. She drowns every night in her dreams, spends her hours reading classic literature to avoid her family’s ridicule, and is prone to premonitions—which are becoming more frequent. And now her dreams are filled with strangers offering to reveal what she has always wanted to know: Who is she? That’s the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out. But will Roya live to regret learning the truth?
Author: Elizabeth Montgomery
Publisher: Crushing Heart and Black Butterfly
Publish Date: June 26, 2015
I read the description of this book and knew I would HAVE to read it. I was not disappointed!
I was immediately sucked in to Avery's character. I loved her from the very first paragraph. She was so sweet and vulnerable, but had found a way to fight against the chaos in her life. Having been ridiculed as a child bc I wore glasses, I understand this, but the level that Avery has to deal with is beyond my comprehension. My heart went out to her and I wanted to slay demons with her, but she has a good network with her mother and her best friend, who chose her early on.
Avery is constantly berated for her scar that she wears on her face and there is one person in particular who is relentless. One day someone in her life steps out of character and speaks to her. She has no idea if it is a ruse or real. How do you put faith in someone who has stood by and watched you be walked all over for years?? What path would I choose? It is a question for the ages.
I look forward to reading more from Elizabeth Montgomery and especially I long for her to develop this novella into a longer read. I really want to read more about how Avery and Daniel first met, how her enemy has lived at home, how her mother came about having Avery, etc.
Goodreads Description: For those of us who come into the world different, we see it for what it really is.
Avery Chamberlin is special, unique. Beautiful words to gloss over the fact that she is different. She has never felt like she fit in. Why should she?
She was reminded on a daily basis that she was not like her peers.
Flawed. Damaged. A freak.
Avery will have to come out of her shell to prove that even the bullies have their own insecurities.
LIFE ISN’T ABOUT LABELS
Author: multiple authors
Publisher: Windrift Books
Publish Date: June 15, 2015
400 pages, ebook
If you have followed my blog you know I am a HUGE FANGIRL of Ann Christy and I was so lucky to meet and speak with her in person at the recent UtopyaCon (now Utopia). She is an amazing writer and I just love reading her books like Strikers. So knowing she was one of the authors on this anthology of zombie stories, I knew I would love them
Ann Christy's short story in Z Chronicles starts out like a normal end of the world story. There are people who have survived the zombie apocalypse as they have paid to get into a very prestigious biosphere-like arena. She explains the established criterion and how the classes are maintained within the walls. She goes on to say that some people have gotten a better deal than other. The ending is so sick and twisted that I actually found myself laughing and thinking, "good job Ann Christy!" I did not expect her to take the story in the direction that she did. Really fun.
Goodreads Description: Z. Among the most monstrous creations of our imaginations, the zombie terrifies with its capacity to pursue its prey unrelentingly, to run it down, exhaust it to surrender.
In this title in the acclaimed Future Chronicles series of speculative fiction anthologies, fourteen authors confront that nightmare, that horrific mirror of ourselves turned base, soulless, and hungry.
Author: Jo Michaels
Publisher: Jo Michaels
Publish Date: Jan 8 2014
300 pages, ebook
This is the perfect kind of zombie book I want to read. It is light, fun, sad, happy, gross but not totally off the cuff gag me and still has life (pun intended).
I, Zombie was actually believable which I always look for in a book. If I am going through my day and expect to see the characters come around the corner, this is a good book. I completely got sucked in and read this book in a day. A DAY! This is a good book. I wanted to call in sick to work just to finish it. Thankfully that was unnecessary.
Trixie was a sweet, funny, smart and lovable character who is lucky to have the life family and friends she does, but she does not take it for granted. She uses this to her advantage and keeps them in contact, takes their advice and tries to listen to her heart. Jo takes through the pain of Trixie eating her dog (no spoilers, it is in the description) and then having to live with it.
My favorite part of the book and there were many, has to be that Jo takes us through the beginning. Most zombie books skip past how people go infected, how it spread and how the real people deal with the changes. I loved this. I really liked and rooted for the zombies in this book, but I also hoped for understanding and a resolution with humans. And yes, I am a reader who loves a happy ending, but you never know with a zombie book. It can end in worse catastrophe or resolution. Jo kept me guessing the entire time.
The question it leaves me with is would I do the same as Trixie, would I allow myself physical pain in order to communicate with strangers to save them? Would I risk my life to save others? Would I reach out to lose my life and those I love, to save the human/zombie race?
Goodreads Description: It's the end of the world as we know it.
Trixie Collins is a normal teen making her way through high school. One night at a party, a boy comes on to her and won't take no for an answer. As she jerks her arm away, his fingernails cut into her skin.
When she finds her dog's mutilated body and realizes she's to blame, she starts to think maybe the zombie apocalypse they've been screaming about on the news isn't a hoax after all. Worse, she begins to think maybe she's one of the infected.
Now it's a fight for life as she joins together with her brethren to stop the humans intent on destroying them. Are zombies all bad, or is it just a huge misunderstanding?
Loving Josie, A Torey Hope Novel
This is a stand-alone novel and does not need to be read in order.
Josie Decker has spent her whole life as an unloved and unwanted bother. Like a wild horse captured and bridled, Josie’s spirit is broken. She devises a plan to start her life anew; silently biding her time, she waits for the perfect moment. When that moment arises, Josie takes the opportunity and runs freely into an uncertain future in Torey Hope.
Kyle Martin is a tattooed, pierced, bad boy with a heart of gold. Marching to the beat of his own drummer, Kyle meets his perfect match early on in life. Devastating circumstances beyond his control plunge Kyle into dark despair and suffocating blackness. In an effort to escape the blackness, Kyle accepts an offer from an old friend and moves to Torey Hope.
Josie and Kyle hit it off as close friends and kindred spirits right away. Both are harboring secrets and sadness, but the connection between them is bringing light back to their smiles, their hearts, their lives. Kyle and Josie cling to each other as they battle guilt and crushed spirits. Through it all, with a lot of help from an unexpected accomplice, Kyle and Josie come to view each other in a new light.
When the past catches up to them and causes their lives to come crashing down, will Kyle and Josie get the chance to see where their future is headed? Or will they be forced to admit they waited too long to embrace what was right in front of them the whole time?
A heart-wrenching and heart-warming love story of cherishing the past while embracing the future.
For ages 18+ due to adult language and situations.
Decker, Torey Hope: The Later Years
For Nicky, A Torey Hope Novel Book 1
Because of Beckett, A Torey Hope Novel Book 2
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Christmas in Torey Hope, A Novella
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