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When Ruby discovers what really happened the night of Alan Beauchamp’s murder, one thing becomes very clear: time is running out for the people she loves. As she unravels the web of lies and deceit around her, Ruby reveals an unthinkable truth. One with dire repercussions for all.
Can Ruby pull together all the supernatural aspects of her life to foil a diabolical plot, or will she fall victim to an evil unlike any other she has faced?
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“I stood in the middle of the room, unmoving – I barely breathed. My life had just become surreal, impossible, and one enormous lie. I needed to go, to run somewhere, anywhere to beat back the reality that was rapidly closing in around me. The image of him was burned into my retina, flashing over and over again like a warning. He was trapped somewhere between human and decidedly not, and I realized that was my new reality.
I was too.”
After the death of her parents, Ruby awakens from a lifetime of shadows and finds herself alone, thrust into a world of lies, deceit, betrayal and the supernatural.
As her quest for truth continues to come up short, she realizes that maybe some questions really are best left unanswered.
When her true identity is finally unveiled, she is forced to choose between two of the mysterious men who continually seem to crop up in her life.
She chooses poorly.
Now abandoned, Ruby must learn to call on the darkness within to survive, or spend a hellish eternity imprisoned because of it.
About Amber Lynn Natusch
If you’re dying to know more about me, allow me to put you at ease. I’m a sharp-tongued, sarcastic cancer, who loves vegetable smoothies, winter storms, and the word “portfolio”. I should NEVER be caffeinated, and require at least eight hours of sleep to even resemble a human being. At thirty-four, I just now feel like I can keep a straight face while saying the word “rectum” (which is actually a huge lie because I just laughed out loud while reading this to my husband). I live with my iPod firmly affixed to my body, drive too fast, and laugh/cry at inappropriate times.

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26529926Goodreads.com Description: “Adeen has always known she was destined to save her people, the dragons, thanks to a visit from a princess when she was a small child. That one visit changed everything. Fearing the crumbling of the veil that protects the dragons, her clan took away her childhood and made training her top priority.

Now, no longer a child, Adeen is again visited by her princess and receives her task. She must make the trek to New Orleans to save her people. Her solo mission doesn’t stay that way long, and she is soon joined by an ancient fae, a not-so-extinct extinct phoenix, and a super hot dragon — who happens to be her fated mate. The mission is nothing like what she had prepared for, nor is it what she expected. This mission will take more than just skill. It will take a great sacrifice. Is Adeen ready to give up everything she just found?”

About the Author

8288688Delphina has been writing since she can remember and has always had a love of the paranormal. She is an avid reader and a self proclaimed shifter crack addict. Delphina currently lives in the Midwest with her husband and four kids. Her novel, Unless You Can Be A Unicorn, is set to release early October. You can get a glimpse of Scout’s world in “Always Be Yourself”, which is a part of the anthology, Certain.

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My Review

Supernatural Chronicles: The Dragons by Delphina Henley was a first on two platforms–the first book I ever read by Henley and the first dragon shifter book I’ve ever read. Yay on both accounts!

It took me a minute to get into the story. I attribute that to my unfamiliarity with dragon shifters, but once I got into the story I was captivated by it.

I found the characters of Kai and Adeen intriguing. Their mating bond was very strong and compelling. The relationship between them seemed more important, in this book, than the issue behind the Veil.

Henley created very interesting personas in The Dragons. One of my favorites was Nicola, a phoenix shifter. He was an old soul I wanted to know more about. Of course, the idea of a phoenix shifter grabbed my attention.

I enjoyed reading The Dragons. I want to know more about these characters apart from the Veil! Thank you Henley for introducing me to a whole new race of shifters as well.

Rating: 5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up

(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)

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Book 7 of 10 is out now! Join the Supernatural Chronicles and the Dynamis’ Dynamic Readers Group on Facebook as we celebrate the release of our newest segment! It’s a party each week with tons of giveaways and prizes! There’s even a $50 Amazon Gift Card up for grabs!!
Hailey Devareaux, an inexperienced Necromancer with a fear of death, couldn’t care less what the world had to offer her. A year after her mother’s death, Hailey has lost interest in being a Necromancer and taking over as rightful leader of the clan. When her clan receives a cryptic letter, it’s up to Hailey to go on a dangerous quest to restore the veil and save her people.
While moping around in the cemetery the day after the Day of the Dead, Hailey met Bobby; if only she had realized he was dead before she started talking to him. Robert “Bobby” Duval died one year ago. When he died, the veil between this world and the next was at its thinnest. It should’ve been easy for him to cross over, but something kept him from doing so, and now, he’s stuck. With a promise to help Bobby cross over after she has fulfilled her mission, Bobby joins Hailey, and together they begin to understand her powers.
Will Hailey give up her bitterness against the craft and her own fear of death, and forgive herself in order to embrace her power? Will she be able to help save the supernatural community by sealing the veil once more?
 
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Morgan Wylie published
her first novel, Silent Orchids, one
year after moving across the country with her family on a journey of new
discovery. After an amazing three years in Nashville, TN and the release of two
more books, Morgan and her family found their way back to the Northwest where
they now reside. Still working everyday with great optimism, Morgan continues
to embrace all things: “Mama”, wife, teacher, and mediator to the many voices
and muses constantly chattering in her head… where it gets pretty loud!
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Goodreads.com Description: “From the witch trials of centuries past, an evil awakens.

Inspired by Actual Events
Excerpt from the Journal of Clayton Stone – 1692
She was examined today without torture at Shadow Cove township on the charge of witchcraft. She said she was wholly innocent of the crime and has never in life renounced God. I watched as they brought her out. A poor, sickly thing, worn by her time behind the walls of her prison. Her bared feet and hands bound in leather, her clothing tattered to that of ruin. Despite such condition, her head was held high, her eyes meeting those of her accusers. She still refuses to provide her name so we remain unable to search baptismal records, nor has her family stepped forward to claim her as their own. We have no reason to believe she is anything but an orphaned child. I find myself unable to look at her directly in the moments preceding her trial. She is watching me though; with eyes of the deepest blue, she is watching me.

Thad McAlister, Rise of the Witch

When horror author Thad McAlister began his latest novel, a tale rooted in the witch trials of centuries past, the words flowed effortlessly. The story poured forth, filling page after page with the most frightening character ever to crawl from his imagination. It was his greatest work, one that would guarantee him a position among the legends of the craft.

But was it really fiction?

He inadvertently opened a door, one that would soon jeopardize the lives of his family.

She wants to come back.

At home, his wife struggles to keep their family alive. Secretly wondering if she caused it all…a deal she made long ago. A deal with the Forsaken.”

About the Author

As a child I was always told the dark could not hurt me, that the shadows creeping in the corners of my room were nothing more than just that, shadows. The sounds nothing more than the settling of our old home, creaking as it found comfort in the earth only to move again when it became restless, if ever so slightly. I would never sleep without closing the closet door, oh no; the door had to be shut tight. The darkness lurking inside needed to be held at bay, the whispers silenced. Rest would only come after I checked under the bed at least twice and quickly wrapped myself in the safety of the sheets (which no monster could penetrate), pulling them tight over my head.

I would never go down to the basement.

Never.

I had seen enough movies to know better, I had read enough stories to know what happens to little boys who wandered off into dark, dismal places alone. And there were stories, so many stories.

Reading was my sanctuary, a place where I could disappear for hours at a time, lost in the pages of a good book. It didn’t take long before I felt the urge to create my own.

I first began to write as a child, spinning tales of ghosts and gremlins, mystical places and people. For most of us, that’s where it begins—as children we have such wonderful imaginations, some of us have simply found it hard to grow up. I’ve spent countless hours trying to explain to friends and family why I enjoy it, why I would rather lock myself in a quiet little room and put pen to paper for hours at a time than throw around a baseball or simply watch television. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I want to do just that, sometimes I wish for it, but even then the need to write is always there in the back of my mind, the characters are impatiently tapping their feet, waiting their turn, wanting to be heard. I wake in the middle of the night and reach for the pad beside my bed, sometimes scrawling page after page of their words, their lives. Then they’re quiet, if only for a little while. To stop would mean madness, or even worse—the calm, numbing sanity I see in others as they slip through the day without purpose. They don’t know what it’s like, they don’t understand. Something as simple as a pencil can open the door to a new world, can create life or experience death. Writing can take you to places you’ve never been, introduce you to people you’ve never met, take you back to when you first saw those shadows in your room, when you first heard the sounds mumbling ever so softly from your closet, and it can show you what uttered them. It can scare the hell out of you, and that’s when you know it’s good.
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Jonathan Dylan Barker holds a B.A. in English from Beaumont University and currently lives in Shadow Cove, Massachusetts where he is hard at work on his latest novel.

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Website: http://jdbarker.com/

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Twitter: @J_D_Barker

My Review

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

For Mature Readers: 18+

If you read J.D.’s bio and got the chills, wait until you read this book!

Forsaken was the creepiest, freakiest story I’ve read in a LONG time. Seriously, the book gave me chills. That sensation didn’t leave when I clicked off my e-reader. The image on the last page gave me one of those shocking scares that lingers for a while.

Barker’s story was actually the second book I’ve read this year by a male author with similar qualities: 1) the main character is a man who is also an author, 2) the character had a wife with two children of the same sex (in this book, the second child had yet to be born), and 3) the setting is a small town. This book, however, was off the scale creepy.

Forsaken was a page turner focused on a witch trial in 1692. The author wrote her story and now strange, inexplicable things are happening to him and his family. Sorry, I can’t give you more than that without spoiling the story. And, this book deserves to be read without spoilage.

Personally, this is one of those stories that would make a good scary movie. There are witches, rituals, minions (not the nice ones), and a lot of freaky crap happening. Barker writes with such vivid details making the characters and scenery leap off the page.

The story, itself, was very unique and well-crafted. I’ve read my share of witch stories and I’ve even read about a few witch trials (I was actually fascinated by them in junior high). Never had I read anything where nightmares of the main characters came true. It was a story within a story.

And, the characters were so well-developed. Barker’s writing delivered thoroughly fleshed out personas. I felt I understood their motivations, their fears, and even their hopes.

I’m a big fan of Rod Serling’s “Twilight Zone”, and this story was a modern version on steroids! I highly suggest not reading this book before bedtime. I did and always had to pick up something else to clear my mind before turning off the lights.

I loved the creep out factor in Barker’s book and can’t wait to read more by him.

Rating

5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up

(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)

Avengers in bed
“Superheroes. Save the world and protect mankind.

But what’s beneath the cape? Behind the mask? Under the steel-plated façade?

Eight bestselling New Adult romance authors have come together to bring you seven stories about superheroes and what it takes to win their hearts. From the skies, to the cities, to the ocean, our superheroes face death, fight villains, conquer evil and—

Find love.

The world is full of heroes. Every-day men and women who risk their lives for the sake of others—for life, liberty, freedom, and justice. Often these men and women are wounded—physically or mentally—in the line of duty. Therefore, we have created this anthology with the sole purpose of benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Because heroes should never be forgotten.”

I received an Advanced Reader Copy for an honest review.

This anthology is freaking fantastic!!

Beneath the Cape is a wonderful celebration of all types of superheroes from all walks of life. Some of the heroes were very obvious (decked out in superhero garb) and others not so much.

All of the authors in this anthology are strong writers with a proven history of intriguing books populated with great characters. This collection doesn’t disappoint. It’s probably rare to like every story in an anthology. I can honestly say I loved all the stories even the cliffhangers–my only complaint about the collection! I’ve contacted the authors who didn’t have a completed story. Those stories are going to be released as novels. Trust me, you’ll be happy to re-read the details!

The seven stories in the collection are unique and thought provoking. The variety of characters is the best part of the anthology. They are all well-developed and very interesting.

“Reaping Angels by Laura Thalassa:
Laura is the author of the paranormal The Unearthly series, the sci-fi new adult The Vanishing Girl series, and the dystopian new adult The Queen of All that Dies series.

The Executioner’s touch can kill.
Angel’s can heal.
A villain and a hero. One who stood for death, and the other for life. Mortal enemies until the impossible happened.
A touch.
A kiss.
And now, a manhunt.

Laura Thalassa wrote a compelling tale about the power of touch. Just one touch can heal, kill or transform a person. Her characters are strong and complex. I just loved Angel and X.
“Cat Love by Sunniva Dee:
Sunniva is the author of the paranormal Halos series and the new adult/erotica Deepsilver series.

A sexy thriller about the animal in all of us. Aidan uses his superpower to stabilize minds at the Hollyreed Specialist Hospital. Ulani uses hers to chase rats on rooftops. Until she’s caught and deposited in Aidan’s care.
At the hospital, Aidan finds Ulani’s room empty—save for a cat, whose fur retracts in favor of silky skin and a vamp-gorgeous femme fatale.
Aidan’s obsession with Ulani grows, while patients go missing. Making the couple use their powers to bring criminals to justice.”

Sunniva Dee provided readers with a male protagonist overly concerned with self-control and an intoxicating female shapeshifter. I honestly couldn’t put the story down.
“Gypsy Love by Angela McPherson & Lynn Vroman:
Angela is the author of the new adult Distraction series and the paranormal Hope’s Decree. Lynn is the author of the young adult fantasy The Energies series, the young adult lesbian Summer Confessions.
For two hundred years, Adrian vowed to seek revenge against the Gypsy woman who bound his spirit for eternity.
Until her.
The one man Mia wants only exists in dreams.
Until he doesn’t.
The curse may be broken, but not without a price.” 
One love must end for another to begin.”
Authors Angela McPherson (she was on the blog last week!) and Lynn Vroman teamed up with a unique gypsy tale. It was a modern take on the movie “Ghost”. I loved Adrian! He’ll make you want to hurt the gypsy he crossed.

“The Only Difference by Magan Vernon:
Magan is the author of the new adult short series Forever Wild, the young adult The Only series, the new adult My Paper Heart series, and the sci-fi My Alien Romance series, and the contemporary Life, Love, and Lemons.
The Only Difference between a hero and a villain is what they do with their power.
Leonel “Short Stack” Garcia-Shapiro’s life changed the night he decided to stop one of his fraternity brothers from taking advantage of a girl. Now he can’t stop thinking of that girl and how he can save her.”
I had never read anything by Magan Vernon. I enjoyed her story about a good guy as hero. Short Stack and Cali were very memorable. Vernon reminds readers that heroes come in all shapes and sizes with all types of strengths. Powerful!

“Heroes by Christine Zolendz:
Christine is the author of the paranormal Mad World series, the new adult Beautiful series, and Triple X.

Kelly Black can’t believe she’ll be the new teaching assistant to Alexander Masters. The Alexander Masters—the head of the entire biology department. As soon as they begin to work together sparks fly and danger swirls around them.”

Another new author for me is Christine Zolendz. She wrote a strong and very capable character in Kelly Black.

“Breaking Through by D. Nichole King:
D. Nichole is the author of the paranormal Spirit trilogy, and the new adult Love Always series.

Two years after her brother Nate died during a Navy operation, aquator Nautia Olson’s nightmares began, and her ability to manipulate water became erratic. Anger, fear, joy, desire—they all trigger disaster.
Now, the Navy wants her for a top-secret mission, but Captain Riley Barton has his reservations. He’s read her file. He knows the damage she’s capable of, and yet—
If he can harness her ability—break through her walls—
She’ll be unstoppable.”

Author D. Nichole King had an interesting story with a unique plot and amazing characters. I loved Nautica, Riley and Kray. Their roles were so clearly defined along with their strengths and weaknesses.

“Villain by Cheryl McIntyre:
Cheryl is the author of the new adult Sometimes Never series, Dirty, Infinitely,  the paranormal Dark Calling, and the erotica Hard.

How can you tell a hero from a villain?
If you’re Ember Willis and the villain is Lanely Frost, you can’t.
How can you tell a superhero from a delusional young woman?
If you’re Lanely Frost and the woman is Ember Willis, you don’t care.
For both, finding the balance between right and wrong and love and lust are not the only battles they’ll face.”

And, finally Cheryl McIntyre gave readers an ingeniously crafted story. I absolutely loved how each chapter in her novella started with a quote from a superhero. Her characters were fantastic…a superhero and an anti-villain. Genius!

Beneath the Cape’s greatest strength is the subtle reminder that superheroes walk amongst us. Everyday brave men and women protect our country, our rights and our freedoms with no regard to their own safety. They return to our country in all types of conditions. It is up to citizens to do their part and say thank you for their service. Purchasing your copy of Beneath the Cape is such a small action. Proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Please pick up a copy today! It’s a great read benefiting our country’s superheroes!

Deviant supervillains

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If you haven’t read this one, check it out this weekend!

Goodreads.com Description: “To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die…. But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn’t wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?”

Not familiar with the story by Author Danielle Paige? Then, pick this one up first:

Goodreads.com Description: “I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado – taking you with it – you have no choice but to go along, you know? Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road – but even that’s crumbling. What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe. My name is Amy Gumm – and I’m the other girl from Kansas. I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I’ve been trained to fight. And I have a mission.”

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Goodreads.com Description: “Sixteen-year-old Chloe Carmichael’s perfect world is in chaos. It’s not because she has a vision of her boyfriend murdered. And then he’s found dead exactly as she saw. It’s not because she suddenly has the ability to move objects when she’s upset. It’s kinda cool to close a door without touching it. It’s not her overbearing mother who only cares about appearances. Chloe’s grown accustomed to her families distance. So what has Chloe cringing in fear? It’s a love that defies reason. It’s a love that speaks to the heart. It demands attention. But Chloe struggles with a love that exposes the soul. What will her family think? What will her friends think? And is she worthy of his love. It’s having to become another person for a new group of people. Chloe knows she’s not perfect but apparently she was when she was Amanda in another life. Her new friends won’t let her forget. It’s the stench of death that hoovers over her every move. It’s the threat of finality as she tries to acclimate to a life of super human proportions. It’s an enemy she can’t see, doesn’t remember, and can be anyone she’s ever known. But her enemy knows her well. She’s the lone person with the ability to destroy him. But she doesn’t remember. And it’s never discovering who she really is before finality meets reality.”

I received an e-copy of the book from the author, via Goodreads, in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts:

Dawn Brazil’s Finding Me was like a reading about a young group of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Except these supernaturals has a member with amnesia.

Finding Me was a creative spin on time travel and supernaturals. Brazil’s tale centers around a young girl who doesn’t remember she’s supernatural. She doesn’t remember anything about her life other than she’s a normal teen with a pretend boyfriend, snobby parents and snooty friends at an exclusive school. Once I got past all the name dropping (Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, etc.), the story was good. Chloe wasn’t a fan of all the big designer names. It was the world she lived in and Brazil attempted to reveal that to readers. I think she succeeded especially when the seventeen year old received a brand new sports car for a birthday present.

Chloe and The Great 8 are fighting an enemy they’ve known all their life. Unfortunately, she doesn’t remember the enemy until the last quarter of the book. Her memories start flooding back and now we get a major cliffhanger.

Brazil wrote a hopeful story with a clear, positive message–when you embrace who you are, you’re unstoppable! That’s a great message for everyone and not just teens. I look forward to reading the next installment by Brazil.

Goodreads.com Description: “Even at a camp for supernatural teens, Kylie Galen has never been normal, and the more she discovers about her true identity, the more she wants to know. The truth about who her real family is, the truth about which boy she’s meant to be with—and the truth about what her emerging powers mean. But she’s about to discover that some secrets can change your life forever…and not always for the better. Just when she and Lucas are finally getting close, she learns that his pack has forbidden them from being together. Was it a mistake to pick him over Derek? And it’s not just romance troubling Kylie. An amnesia-stricken ghost is haunting her, delivering the frightful warning, someone lives and someone dies. As Kylie races to unravel the mystery and protect those she loves, she finally unlocks the truth about her supernatural identity, which is far different—and more astonishing—than she ever imagined. ”

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed C.C. Hunter’s Shadow Falls: The Next Chapter. It continued the tale of Kylie Galen and her supernatural misfit friends.

Kylie is no longer a wishy-washy teen. But, she is still trying to figure out which supernatural group she belongs to while navigating a love triangle. The more I read about this character, the more I like her. Although she’s supernatural, she has normal people problems. She’s worried about fitting in, how to choose between guys she likes, managing bickering roommates and dealing with her separated parents.

After reading Taken at Dusk, I wasn’t a fan of Derek. He was guilty of saying one thing and doing another. My opinion changed after reading Whispers at Moonrise. His behavior made sense. I even understood how his emotions overwhelmed him. After all, normal people can get lost in their emotions and be unable to function.

Where Shadow Falls: The Beginning was about friendship, Shadow Falls: The Next Chapter was about relationships in general. I appreciated how Hunter deepened the relationship between Kylie and her mother. The “Ice Queen” really loved her daughter and made a real effort to show that. I enjoyed the blossoming relationship between Burnett and Holiday. It was humorous and heart warming. I even liked the strange relationship Kylie was having with her ‘ghost’ Dad and her stepdad. Kylie’s love for one man didn’t diminish her love for the other.

Kylie’s quest to discovery her true nature intensified the plot in Shadow Falls: The Next Chapter. She learns that the FRU, a supernatural government agency, has secrets and major skeletons in its closet and they may involve her. By the end of Taken at Dusk, Kylie has a better clue of her true nature but it is puzzling. She needs answers and that’s where Shadow Falls: The Next Chapter installment ends.

Hunter did a fantastic job interweaving humor, classic teen issues and a paranormal plot. I had serious laugh out loud moments reading Shadow Falls: The Next Chapter. The characters are well-developed and continue to mature in the series.

I’m looking forward to reading the last installment in this series.

Goodreads.com Description: “One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, but it soon becomes clear that the kids at Shadow Falls are far from ordinary. They’re supernatural—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world. Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason…if she can only figure out why, and what her burgeoning powers mean. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half Fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart. As Kylie struggles to make sense of her feelings and her new abilities, the dark side of the supernatural world emerges and makes life a whole lot harder. An evil enemy lurking in the shadows is about to threaten everything she holds dear…and bring her closer to her destiny.”

My Thoughts:

C.C. Hunter’s Shadow Falls: The Beginning is an interesting tale about a camp for supernaturals reminiscent of James Howe’s The Misfits.

The main character, Kylie Galen, is a wishy-washy teen on a quest of self-discovery. Naturally, there are the usual elements in these stories. She doesn’t quite fit in at school. She has the usual ex-boyfriend who dumped her because she wouldn’t put out. And, she has the best friend she can tell almost everything. But, that’s all that’s normal about Kylie and her story. She sees things that no one else does. And, it’s this anomaly that ultimately lands her at Camp Shadow Falls.

Normals aren’t aware that the camp is a front for supernaturals. But, these aren’t just any supernaturals. They are teens who are trying to understand and accept their uniqueness. And, that’s the premise of Hunter’s story–learning to accept yourself and all your quirks.

Shadow Falls is also a story about friendship. Kylie was against being at the camp until she started making friends. Della, a vampire, and Miranda, the resident witch, become her new best friends. Kylie had to learn to look past her hangups–Della is cold to the touch and drinks cups of blood–in order to find people who would do anything for her.

I have to admit I didn’t like Kylie in Book One. She seemed whiny and overly concerned about not wanting to be supernatural. Once she started to accept herself, Kylie became more interesting. Surprisingly, her gifts started to surface quickly. That’s kind of how life works–self-acceptance allows you to live your life fully.

By the end of Book Two, Kylie’s true supernatural nature is still a mystery. Her relationships with Derek and Lucas are also questionable. But, Kylie is no longer iffy. She is stronger and determined.

C.C. Hunter’s Shadow Falls is a well-written tale about self-discovery. If you subtract the supernatural element, you are left with an intriguing story about teens coming of age.

Goodreads.com Description: “Creatures born of a different God, or human beings as we call them, know and understand little about the Universe around them— much less the one that mirrors theirs. Things aren’t always what they seem to the naked eye, especially when you aren’t paying attention. That’s the beauty of their world though, it’s so easy to live and thrive undetected. My brother Cole and I are twin Hybrid Hunters. We’ve lived content and discreetly among and like human beings for so long, that many of us, as well as the Elementals that have become like family, have almost forgotten that— we aren’t. Like any race of living beings, it’s the bad ones that always ruin it for everyone. No good thing can ever last for long no matter what or where you are. The sudden appearance of a deadly Nocturna on our hidden island turned out to be the least of our worries. It was the unexpected attack that left me at the mercy of a disgusting curse and would forever change my life as a born Hunter. The mysterious stranger who simply showed up to claim the undead intruder, turned out to be far more of a dangerous threat to us. I had to learn quickly that even in a perfect world, the hunter becoming the hunted confirms that every being has something to fear—even the Nocturna. And that hunter is . . . Me.”

I received a copy of this book via the Goodreads First Read giveaway program.

WARNING: Mature Readers 17+ due to graphic scenes and language.

My Thoughts:

I found Susan Reid’s H.U.M.A.N.S. to be surprisingly good! I had my doubts after reading another review. But, once I got into the book, I couldn’t put it down.

I have to admit I had a hard time categorizing Reid’s book. At first, I was thinking maybe Young Adult. It seemed an innocent read until I got to the first physical encounter between Kai and Gage. If you’re good with a little kink, this is the couple to read about. Fortunately, I have no problem with that element and pressed on. I actually liked the character of Gage. The mysteries surrounding him made me want to know more. I even appreciated Kai’s character. She was a strong protagonist not afraid to get a little blood on her hands.

I did get lost at one point with all the different characters. The story starts with Kai, her brother Cole, Isis and one other person. They meet a nameless Nocturna and then Gage. In the next chapter, we meet Kai’s ‘not boyfriend’ Marq. Enough characters to keep up with. A little bit further Reid throws in a bunch of other characters and names them. I could have done without knowing the names of all the minor characters.

The Nocturna is an interesting take on vampire lore. The main character, Kai, is bitten by one in the beginning of the book. She starts to transform into a hybrid of a Hunter and a Nocturna. Her Hunter persona is actually a hybrid between humanoid and an animal, Tiger. This new form feeds on blood from pure Nocturnas instead of humans.

Reid does intermingle humor in this book. First, there’s Marq, a Water Elemental, who shows up at the local supernatural bar naked. There are continuous jokes about his appearance. I think the Princess Brownie Faerie is the best. She looks like a child but has a mouth that would shame a sailor. This is the second book I’ve read where diminutive fae have an obsession with phallic symbols. What’s up with that?

H.U.M.A.N.S. was not a real cliffhanger, but it did leave unanswered questions. What happened to the royal Nocturna, Nailah? What happens with the Brownie Faerie? How long will Kai and Gage be able to live in Puerto Vallarta without access to more Nocturnas?

Reid has promised a follow up to H.U.M.A.N.S. I hope these questions are answered along with more about Gage.