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Cold Kiss Goodbye by Genevieve Powell

Title: Cold Kiss Goodbye
Genre: YA Fantasy
Author: Genevieve Powell
Rating: 4.6

Life is just something seventeen-year-old Samantha Wright tolerates. Ever since a car accident killed Sam???s dad and brother, she???s experienced both a gift for hearing the dead and a serious lack of joy and hope. Meeting Joshua Tan changes that. He???s gorgeous, funny and kind. He???s also dead. As Sam helps him bring peace to his family about his murder, her ghost brings her back to life. Unfortunately, Josh isn???t the only person haunting Sam. His murderer is a terrifying poltergeist. The only way to prevent more killings may be to send both ghosts into their afterlife, no matter how much she needs Josh.

Reviewed by: Stephanie Ayers
Rating: 4 stars

Review:

As my first romp with paranormal romance, I was not disappointed. Powell’s engaging writing style kept the suspense coming. I enjoyed the descriptions that helped me escape into the story without being overdone. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read that tugged at the emotions. I found myself laughing out loud at times. The only flaw in this story is that we never really understand why Ethan did what he did, what propelled his anger towards Joshua, Becca, and Brock, or even why he killed himself. My final take away from the book would have been enhanced knowing this. Overall, this was a fast read for me and I enjoyed the ride.

Ambrosia: A Poetry Anthology

Title: Ambrosia: A Poetry Anthology
Genre: Poetry
Author: Several
Rating: 5

Ambrosia: A Poetry Anthology*Delight in the nectar of the gods. Feed your mind with Ambrosia*

Whispers to the gods are like honey from a poet’s lips. When several poets raise their voices together, it’s a sacred feast of memories and dreams. Poetry is divine food for the soul, full of emotional and celestial feeling. Join us in our longing, our pain and passion, heartache, logic and insanity, fear, faith, confusion, hope, unity, solitude, daily life, political strife, and more.

From the creative minds of Eric Keizer, A.L. Mabry, Sam DeLoach, Alyssa Trivett, Mello Sakia, Stacy Overby, Phillip Matthew Roberts, Veronica Falletta and Stephanie Ayers.

The Poets of this project have partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and all royalties will be donated to this charity.

Reviewed by:??Heidi Angell
Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The poetry in this anthology is an eclectic mix from
9 very distinctive poets. There is a bit of love, a bit of pain, and a lot of tears. Oh, wait, that was my reaction reading it!

But seriously, it was such an emotional roller coaster! Eric Keizer’s real, yet esoteric, poems dug into my soul. Alyssa Trivett brought to life the mundane world through a poet’s eyes. A.L. Mabry haunted my inner Angell with Broken Angel. Mello Sakia broke my heart with the loneliness echoed in those words. Phillip Mathew Roberts shocks with his raw words demonstrating the darker side of life and the struggle of the LGBTQ community. Sam DeLoach perfects the art of brevity while painting pictures so clear in my mind punching right to the pain. Stacy Overby really struck me with her deep and moving collection ranging from beautiful to haunting (Inner Demons and Exorcism, oh my gosh!) Stephanie Ayers captured me with I am Woman, and delighted me with Adran’s song and the mimicry of Jabberwocky. Veronica Falletta crushed me with The Falling (a memory of The Twin Towers) and His Smile Does Not Help.

After reading through this collection in a day, the emotional roller coaster was BRUTAL (I highly do not recommend doing this!) I can completely understand why these amazing people chose to donate all of the royalties from this work to AFSP. They all have such deep raw feelings and so eloquently bring them out in the reader.

If you love raw, deep, emotional poetry, then you definitely want to grab the pre-order copy of Ambrosia today, share some amazing poets and support a great cause! Then read S-L-O-W-L-Y. Savor the emotions, but don’t let them overwhelm you.

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

Title: The Alchemists of Loom
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Author: Elise Kova
Rating: 4.4

The Alchemists of LoomHer vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer-turned-thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

Reviewed by:??David Wiley

Review:

Wow, this book blew me away and took me on a thrilling adventure with some memorable characters. This was my first book of Elise Kova???s, but I can promise it will not be the last of her books that I read. My biggest objection, upon finishing the book, was that the next book was not available yet!

I love books with dragons in them, and I love it even more when an author does something nontraditional with them. It was why Rachel Hartman???s??Seraphinastruck a chord with me, and why this book does the same thing. It has dragons, but not in the way you would ever expect. It is interesting how separate the dragon society is from those operating on Loom, yet how critical they are to the magic and technology on Loom. Two thumbs up based solely on the usage of dragons in this book.

Yet the real show-stoppers are the characters in the book. The three major characters, Cvareh, Ari, and Florence, work in a wonderful dynamic with each other that somehow finds some great synergy. Each of them has parts of their past they would like to forget or hide, or some aspect of their goals and desires that remain hidden from the others. Cvareh and Ari can barely get through a conversation without threatening to tear each other apart. And that is half of the fun, seeing the banter and interplay between those three characters as they are swooped in unexpected directions by their quest.

The biggest disappointment, if I had to pin one down, was the ending. It promises much to come in the next book, yet therein is the problem: it builds things up for the next book. It is certainly not something that you would want to pick up if you prefer books to tie everything up in nice, neat, perfectly resolved packages. But for me, that just intensifies the desire to get my hands on the next book.

The steampunk-esque fantasy world that Kova created is beyond description. To do it justice, I would have to go into such depth that it would inevitably allow spoilers to creep in. Needless to say, you will get swept up in this world on an adventure you???ll not forget with these characters. This should be on EVERY Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Steampunk/YA reader???s wish list for 2017. Don???t miss out on this one, I imagine many people will be talking about this book all year long.

The Joy Thief by A.M. Rycroft

Title: The Joy Thief
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Author: A.M. Rycroft
Rating: 4.6

The Joy ThiefIt’s hunting the children.

Aeryn Ravane and the young thief Theo Weldon nearly died at the hands of The Harbinger. They travel north to escape their dark memories, but their trials are not over. Darkness finds them again in the city of Eben. A malevolent force has been feeding on the minds of children. It’s not long before it finds Theo.

Aeryn’s desperate search for answers leads her to a dark legend about an insatiable creature that no one believes is real. But is it truly just a myth? Aeryn races to find out the truth before Theo’s nightmares swallow her forever.

Reviewed by:??Stephanie Ayers
Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Having read the first 2 books in this series, I looked forward to reading this one, and I wasn’t disappointed in the least. While The Joy Thief takes on a different tone than Into the Darkness and The Taming, it’s no less action packed than they are. The villain may be different, perhaps even darker than The Harbinger himself, but Rycroft’s talent for characterization remains one of her strongest talents as she introduces you to the new one, an antihero as evil as they get. She kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire read. My surroundings disappeared, my children were forgotten, and I knew nothing but the sights, sounds, and smells of Cathell. I hope there are more Cathell stories to come and soon!

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