Category Archives: YA

Young adult literature is for readers aged between 12 and 18, although many adults are known to enjoy the genre as well.




When seventeen-year-old Hailey’s multi-racial, single parent family migrate to the tiny rural town of Corpus, Georgia (population 700), she would rather have moved anywhere but there.


That is, until she spots him. Mysterious definitely, perhaps even supernatural. Where Hailey is awe-struck by the young man of her dreams, her little brother, Mason, sees a soulless creature of the night, a half-man who may be responsible for a series of grisly murders across the southern gothic town. 


Antwan Zeddman, the town’s first African-American Sheriff, must enforce a curfew in Corpus to ensure the safety of the townsfolk. He must contend with sightings of hellish winged beasts and investigate the slaying of an innocent young couple traveling through town. There is a growing sense of racial unrest. Hailey will find herself caught between her family, the residents of Corpus, and the vampire she’s falling in love with. 


The Grateful Boys is an otherworldly Young Adult novel which explores the challenges of growing up mixed raced in the southern states of America, and the troubles of a young woman coming of age in a town full of danger and temptation.


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Title: The Grateful Boys

Author: Françoise DuMaurier

Release Date: 1st October 2019

Genre: YA

Page Count: 328

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

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Françoise  DuMaurier is a Special Education Case Worker who works out of asmall town in rural Georgia which inspired the Southern Gothic setting of The Grateful Boys. To get to work, DuMaurier passes through miles and miles of farms, as far as the eye can see. Before   entering education, DuMaurier attended the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design where he studied visualart and creative writing. Having worked with an array of students along with his own experiences, DuMaurier is uniquely suited to provide a wry voice that encapsulates #ownvoices fiction.




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For a debut book it’s a really good and solid story. Author has created an eerie and mysterious world who few times gave me goosebumps.

The book touches few issues like racism and small town bend on staying in the past. We have here few POVs and at times it did confuse me who is currently narrating but overall it was a really good book.

The story itself follows new kids in town, Hailey and Mason. And their friends who are something else than they seem to appear.

A good paranormal story.

3.5 stars from me only because of the confusion with POVs and few editing issues.


NEW RELEASE: Dalysian Struggle (Dalysia #2) by Jamie Summer



Book: Dalysian Struggle

Title: Dalysia #2

Author: Jamie Summer



The Test was just the beginning.

Having reigned victorious in the Dalysian Test, Sophie is shocked to discover it is not the end of her journey on Jenace. Finding herself responsible for the fate of an entire race is a burden impossible to bear, but one she knows she cannot walk away from.

With the help of a small group of trusted people Sophie begins to prepare for the infamous Trials, but quickly realizes that the competition isn’t the only threat to her survival. Worst of all, her biggest opponent turns out to be her greatest weakness.

What do you do when you don’t know who you can trust anymore? How do you keep going when faith threatens to desert you and the burden you carry is almost impossible to bear?

With the Trials looming, Sophie has to find a way to beat the odds. Failure is not an option.

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Jamie Summer is a native of Germany, where she lives with her husband and son. She’s currently working on her next book and wishes there were 48 hours to the day so she could do everything she sets her sights on.

Besides writing Jamie enjoys watching her son grow up, reading and watching way too many TV shows.

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ARC Review: Myths of Immortality by Raye Wagner

Firstly thank you Ms Wagner for letting me be a part of the review team. It was a real pleasure to read and review your books.
Again the book has not disappoint me. The story line and writing is even better than in the previous two books.
In here we are following Hope into the depths of underworld to try and break Apollo’s curse. She is still apart from Athan. In the underworld she is disappearing and her friends: Athan, Xan and Dhalia decide to follow her and help her with her mission.
Their journey is full of sacrifices that many times grabbed my heart and I had teary eyes. It’s dangerous and exciting at the same time.
I expected it to be the last book in the series but I’m happy it’s not. Cannot wait for the next part.
4.5 stars.

ARC review: Gravity by A. B. Bloom

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. 
This story is so refreshing. So beautiful so different. It left me speechless and content at the end. I was like: yes. That was IT. 
The story is about love, stars and not knowing how long you have left to live. The main character, Bronte, was always fragile and no one could figure out what is wrong with her. Until she met Nick. Caring, handsome and so not for her. She learnt what she was and because of that they tried, fought even to stay apart from each other. But as fate is a tricky thing – it always pushed them back together. 
The buildup of their relationship and connection was beautifully done by Ms Bloom. I loved it. 
The book totally deserves 5 heavenly stars. 

Book Blitz: Gravity by A. B. Bloom



by A.B. Bloom
Publication Date: October 31, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance


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They are calling it the End of Days. The world is plunging into darkness, the days growing shorter and the nights longer. Meteor showers are falling to the earth and there are some who would take advantage of the growing darkness.

For sixteen year old Bronte Bell, her problems are closer to home. Since her birthday she’s become weaker, her bones breaking, her hair falling out and plagued with constant migraines. No one can explain why. Until a mysterious new boy arrives and tells her that everything is not as it seems. She is not what she seems.

Drawn into a war that divides the sky, Bronte is torn between her desire to save the world and her growing connection with Nick. But she will have to let go of reality as she knows it, if she is to accept her role in destiny before the Hunter, who has been tracking her since birth, finds and destroys any chance she has of making the choice which is her birthright to make.

Her destiny will change everything . . .


About A. B. Bloom

Anna Bloom is a contemporary romance writer who writes about life as it happens. Combining a busy schedule of looking after two small children whilst working in a local school and completing The Uni Files series. Anna’s main aim in life is to create the perfect book which makes a reader laugh and cry at the same time, hopefully causing a convulsive (impossible to ignore) donkey noise. It’s a work in progress! Anna also spends a lot of time imagining kissing hot guys – all in the name of her art.

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Review: Descent by Sloane Murphy

Descent (The Immortal Chronicles, #1)

By Sloane Murphy

Release Date: August 9th


Six hundred years after The Outbreak, the human population stand side by side with the Fae & the Vampyrs to stop the Demon King from starting a second Dark War. 

Seventeen year old Adelaide Tate is in her last year of the Academy, with her eyes set on becoming part of the Red Guard. 

Who cares that no female has ever joined? 

When a dark force develops an unhealthy liking for her, Adelaide needs to fight for her life and figure out what makes her so different from the others. 

Betrayal. Fear. Anger. 

She must overcome it all in order to turn her world the right way around again. 

Adelaide has one choice. Accept the help offered to her by Xander Bane, or face the Demon Hoard alone. 

One thing is for sure. The descent will be bloody.

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By day, Sloane Murphy works full time as an account manager and by night writes escapism in the form of Paranormal Romance, all while looking after her fur baby & Mr M. She was born and raised in England along with 2 sisters, 2 brothers and a plethora of cousins, and comes from a REALLY big family!

Sloane is currently working on the Immortal Chronicle series, alongside some other Top Secret projects too. She likes to be busy – unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.






Copy gifted by the author in exchange for an honest review. 
To be honest I don’t know how to feel about this book. It wasn’t brilliant but it wasn’t bad. For a first book it was good between 3.5 and 4 stars. 

The story was interesting and the world the author has created was captivating but the writing and the protagonist way of speaking was on the level of 13/14 year old. Not a 17/18. Because of that I was not able to fully connect with the main character, Addie. I mean she was likeable and a badass but I wanted her to progress, grow up and be more mature. 

The story is set in a world full of Faes, Angels, Demons and Vampires. The main character, Addie, since she was very young wanted to join the Red Guard and be the first woman to do so. To successed in this she had to complete a lot of tasks and at the same time her friends turned out to be something else than what she always expected. 

Sloane perfectly created an atmosphere of mystery, angst, romance. I really enjoyed it but the typos in the book made me cringe way too much. 

I can’t wait for the second book as I’m sure it will much better than the first one. 

4 stars from me. 

Review: Perception (Eve #3) by A. L. Waddington

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Questions, questions, and more questions.. they consume Jocelyn Timmons’ life—both of them. Questions that never seem to have an answer. They haunt her, eat at her, and dreams of a normal senior year of high school have finally floated away into nothingness.

Inheriting the gift of EVE (Essence Voyager Era) has become both a gift and a curse. One that Jocelyn doesn’t know if she wants or can accept. The world she once knew and thrived in has all but disappeared in the last two months. And now she wonders if she can ever find her way home again.

Her fiancé, Jackson Chandler, and his family seem to be the only ones who understand what she’s going through besides her uncles, both of which she’s grown very close to. But even they do not fully grasp how turbulent the situation at home has become. Will Jocelyn survive the torments from her mother and brother? Or will she find a hidden key to finally unlock her golden cage?


Copy gifted by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Another amazing part of the series. This book shows how much Jocelyn has grew up and how much has happened to her. She is more confident, outspoken and she starts to understand Eve also. She finally stopped listening to others about what she is going through.

Jackson….swoon…he is the dreamy guy. A gentleman that is treating Jocelyn right in both of their lives. He is caring, attentive and always there for her. He proves that with his surprise in Boston. It’s really hard not to love him.

I love the turn that Ms. Waddington did with turning the story a bit darker and mysterious. And the new turn out with Sidney is just brilliant!

4,5 stars from me!

Review: Enlightened (Eve #2) by A. L. Waddington

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The barrier between Jocelyn Timmons consciousness continues to dissolve as she better understands the two lives she lives and enormity of her newly discovered inherited gift of EVE (Essence Voyager Era) which allows her to fall asleep on one plane of existence and awaken on another as her soul travels nightly.

Present-day Jocelyn uncovers the vast wonderment of the Victorian era but soon learns that life then was not as grand for women as she has read in the classics. Still, she finds comfort in the support of family and friends; a bolstering contrast to her overly hectic, career-oriented family in the twenty-first century. Her love for Jackson Chandler strengthens across time and becomes the light she so desperately needs as the world she has always known no longer makes sense. Yet, the closer she is drawn to Jackson by their mutual ability, the more strain develops amongst those she loves in 2009.

On the other side of Jocelyn’s consciousness in 1878, she remains ignorant of EVE. Her life is crumbling around her, yet she finds herself anxiously awaiting the images that invade her dreams. Jocelyn longs to be the woman she portrays in that world yet her jealousy is unbearable. Miscommunication, betrayal and hidden agendas make trust near impossible. The clearer the visions become the more she questions motives of her closest confidants and foregoes revealing the images that plague her perception. As her life seems to unravel, Jocelyn’s two worlds collide, and she is enlightened as the pieces start to fall into place. But is she strong enough to survive the truth? Is Jackson really her destiny? And can their love transcend time?


When I was asked to review the series I didn’t really expect the books to be so good. Not because I had low expectations but because recently it’s really hard for me to find a clean YA story that grabs my attention. But this series is amazing!

In here our Jocelyn becomes more aware of her both lives and that creates more and more drama. Which I just love! And what I love even more? LOVE! We have more and more details about Jocelyn and Jackson’s relationship! And that made me extremely happy.

I like that the author keeps readers on their toe by introducing new situations and because of that it’s really hard to do this review without any spoilers.

I honestly just love this series and I’m happy that I have ALL the parts on my kindle waiting.

5 heavenly stars again ❤

Review: Essence by A.L. Waddington

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Jocelyn Timmons does not believe she is anything special — just an ordinary high school senior, living an ordinary life full of school-work, volleyball and friends. She’s about to find out how wrong she is.

Jackson Chandler moved in to the house across the street. His dark wavy hair, green eyes and charismatic personality draws everyone to him. Everyone, but Jocelyn.

Whenever Jackson gets near Jocelyn she feels ill and dizzy. When he touches her, she blacks out and has visions of another life, in another time. As the odd hallucinations evolve and become clearer, she feels a strong pull towards the people she sees there. Frightened, she watches her once stable life begin to crumble around her and she begins to question her own sanity.

Could it be possible that these episodes are actually her own memories of a life she is living somehow, somewhere, some-when? Maybe this is time-travel or some other paranormal mysticism? Our minds often wander, but can our souls?


Copy gifted by the author for an honest review.

OMG. What I have just read? I didn’t expect to story to be so good! The book pools you in pretty quickly and you can’t wait to know what will happen next.

The story is about Jocelyn. A high-school girl that she doesn’t feel special. She is ordinary. Just as everyone else. But she is so much more. And everything start changing and fate is showing her how special she is after a new boy moves in across the street. Jackson. A handsome boy that causes Jocelyn to feel dizzy and light-headed. And I here though: yes! She is in love. But!Ms Waddington crumbled my thinking while crumbling Jocelyn’s life.

The girl starts seeing things and feels weird pull to people that live in another time. And everything happens when Jackson is near her and touches her. And it all seems like she is reliving someone’s life.

The writing style is really good and story is a perfect clean YA. I really enjoyed it, and I can’t wait to dive in the second book.

5 heavenly stars.


About the Author:

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A.L. Waddington completed her undergraduate studies at University of Texas Dallas and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. She graduated from IUPUI with a BS in Psychology.

Release Day Blitz: Forged in Fire by Alyssa Rose Ivy


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A love more powerful than any other, and a darkness intent on destroying it.

James and Ainsley are desperate. As darkness nearly consumes James,
their only chance is to trust people who may be foes, and hope their love is strong enough to save them all.




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The son of darkness is all grown up…

James is a Guardian. He is tasked with protecting the most important person in his world. For eight years he has done his job without complaint, but he has grown tired of living under the shadow of a father who is responsible for the most unimaginable violence and destruction his world has ever known.

Ainsley is at a loss for what to do with her life. She hates her two dead end jobs and the family who betrayed her. She has resigned herself to living one day at a time, but she longs for an escape from her lonely life.

When Ainsley finds James in her bed, their two lives and worlds collide. They may have both found exactly what they need, but the darkness James has been running from his whole life has just caught up.


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Alyssa Rose Ivy is the bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels with over half a million books sold worldwide. She loves to weave stories with romance and humor, and she is best known for writing about college boys with wings and skinny dipping. After surviving law school and earning her masters in library science, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.