Born at Midnight

Looking for a fun new YA paranormal series?  Then be sure to read C. C. Hunter’s  Shadow Falls series.  This series is filled with vampires, werewolves, fairies, witches, and love triangles – everything you want in a good paranormal coming of age series.  Born at Midnight is the fist book in the series.  Kylie’s life is falling apart.  Her parents are suddenly getting a divorce, her boyfriend dumped her, and now she is being shipped off to a juvenile camp for “troubled teens”.  Although the camp is not what Kylie expects.  In fact the “troubled teens” are actually supernatural beings who are learning to control their powers and live in the normal world.  However, Kylie still doesn’t understand why she is there.  So she sees one  ghost, that doesn’t mean she isn’t human, does it?

This is a great beginning to a new series.  Kylie struggles with her new life and tends to focus on the negative, but her crisis is believable.  How could you not freak out a little bit when you find out that you’re not human and no one knows what species you are.  I really like the camp and all the different people who are their.  I think everyone is going to grow into great characters and I am anxious to see where the story goes.  I am really excited to follow Kylie’s journey now that she is ready to move forward with her new destiny.

C.C. Hunter will be visiting our store on January 23rd at 7 PM.  Everyone is welcome to meet the author and get an autographed book.

Hollow City

After finishing Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children a while back, I was saddened to be left adrift along with Jacob, Emma and all the other peculiars from the island. I was ecstatic when Hollow City finally came out and thrilled that the story  picks up right where the first one left off with Jacob and his friends heading to London.

The whole world that Riggs creates for the peculiars to discover is fascinating.  I really enjoyed watching all of the children grow into their powers and discover other peculiar children as they traveled.  The photos are just as unusual as in the first book and follow the story well…almost as if Riggs sat down with a pile of bizarre photos and created stories to explain the unique children in them.

I really hate waiting for the next installment, since we discover Jacob’s hidden talent at the very end of this one. But I’m sure it will be well worth the wait. Loved. This. Book.

Tiger’s Curse

Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck is sure to have you wishing for your own tiger and India adventure.  Kelsey is gearing up to embark on the next chapter in her life.  She figures she needs to get a summer job, earn some money, and head off to college.  So the first thing she does is head to a temp agency where she lands herself a two week job working for a traveling circus.  Things are going great, she has fallen in love with the white tiger and is already dreading his departure.  However things become really interesting when the circus sells the tiger Ren and his new owner asks Kelsey to travel with him to India and help him settle into his new home.  So begins Kelsey’s journey to breaking a century old curse and exploring a world she never knew existed.

This is a really fun romantic adventure story.  I instantly fell in love with Ren, both the guy and the tiger version.  Houck’s description of his tiger form was fabulous, I could feel his soft fur and hear his snorts.  Houck has done a great job of keeping romantic tension between Ren and Kelsey while still having a few sweet moments.  All and all, making you want to read faster to find out what will happen next between them.  I found the quest portions of the story to be exciting and suspenseful to read and I am looking forward to reading book two, Tiger’s Quest, to see where their adventure takes them next.  So far their destinations have been unexpected and intriguing.

Colleen Houck will be joining us at our booth during the Tucson Festival of Books on March 15th.  If  you would like to meet her and get a book signed, she will be at booth 130-131 & 134-135 from 2:00 – 2:45 PM.

The Beautiful and the Cursed

The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan is a gripping Gothic tale filled with gargoyles, demons, love and the dark streets of 19th century Paris.  Ingrid and Gabby move to Paris to help their mother establish a new art gallery.  Grayson, Ingrid’s twin brother, moved a few weeks earlier  to find them an estate for their new business and house, but once the girls and their mother arrive they discover that he is missing.  Determined to track their brother down, Ingrid and Gabby soon find themselves in a world filled with creatures that they once believed were only in fairy tales.

I loved this book and can’t wait to start The Lovely and the Lost.  Morgan’s world is dark and gritty and so much fun to get lost in.  You can feel the dark creature’s presence as you follow the girls into the bowels of Paris.  I really liked that she gave  Ingrid and Gabby full personalities rather than just focusing on one sister.  Even though Gabby doesn’t have the same talents as Ingrid, we discover that she is just as fierce and strong as her sister.  The gargoyle mythology was so refreshing!  Finally a new creature to fall in love with, and yes Luc is sure to steal your heart.  Morgan created a unique series that has me entranced and excited to keep following.  This is sure to capture the attention of any YA paranormal fan.

Page Morgan will be attending the year’s Tucson Festival of Books.  She will be signing at our booth (#130 to #135)  10 AM on Saturday.  Come meet her and get an autographed copy of her fabulous book.

The Dream Thieves

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater is book two in the Raven Cycle and it was amazing!  The quest for the missing Welsh Raven king continues and much has changed now that the ley line is awake.  It has caused several unsavory characters to take notice of the small town of Henrietta and the magical power that resides there.  In fact Mr Gray, a hit man, has been sent to the town to search for a magical item that procures  things from dreams called the Greywaren.  The hit man is not the only trouble in town, Ronan begins to spin out of control with his reckless street racing as he attempts to understand his family’s legacy.  It seems Gansey’s group is slowly unraveling.

The first book was great, but this one was fabulous.  Ronan’s past and supernatural talent were so much fun to read about.  Without giving too much away, I love the dark creatures that he creates and the inner strength he eventually finds in himself.  And I still love Blue and Gansey.  Blue may doubt her place, but we all know she is going to grow into something amazing as the series continues.  You can feel the hidden potential behind her reserved nature.  Gansey is always charming and he cares so much for his friends.  I think he is going to find away to keep everyone together and find his king, but sadly I have to wait for the next book to find out.  Aside from the characters, my second favorite part about this series is all of the ravens.  There are pet ravens, raven mascots, raven kings, the list goes on and on and makes any raven enthusiast smile.  This is such a unique supernatural story and is easily one of my top reads during 2013.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Ransom Rigg’s debut novel Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is a stunning beginning to an exciting new series.  Jacob had always been close to his grandfather and after he died Jacob discovered some very unusual old photos of his grandfather’s past friends.  The photos, along with a letter that his grandfather left him, made Jacob decide he had to go to the small island off the coast of Wales and look into his grandfather’s past.  Once on the island, Jacob discovers he has a gift,  much like his grandfather had, of being able to see monsters.  Now it is up to Jacob to figure out how to save his new group of friends from these monsters that only he can see.

This was such an exciting read.  The entire story had an air of mystery surrounding it and I was unable to stop reading.  I loved learning about all of the children and their special gifts.  Riggs included old photographs of the children that added such a haunting atmosphere to the novel.  I am already anxiously awaiting book two to see how the adventure continues.