Monday, August 31, 2015

New Release and Giveaway: The Ex Trials by Heather Topham Wood

The Ex Trials is finally out in the world! Don't wait and grab your copy today! It will be only $0.99 through September 2 along with the two other standalones in the series: Falling for Autumn and Pretending Hearts. I'm also hosting a giveaway for a $75 Amazon gift card so be sure to spread the word for extra chances to win!


One dream vacation in paradise.
One co-ed bachelor and bachelorette party.
One week marooned with my ex.

Six months ago, Casey Silvers ended her scorching romance with sexy rocker Cole Caldwell. None of her friends know the true reason behind her sudden change of heart. Despite her claim of their chemistry fizzling out, her feelings for Cole had never gone away.

After receiving the invitation to her best friend's co-ed bachelor and bachelorette getaway, Casey knows she must once again face Cole. For one week, she'll be forced to party alongside the man who has come to despise her. The tropical cruise is meant to be a trip to paradise, but Casey is certain it will turn out to be a vacation from hell.

But as the ship leaves port, past secrets are revealed--secrets that could change the fate of Casey's romance with Cole. With forces keeping them together, Cole and Casey soon discover that the passion between them has yet to extinguish.

***Standalone New Adult Romance-Ages 17+ Due to Strong Language and Sexual Situations***

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“I’m sorry,” I managed. “I know you probably don’t believe me, but I am so sorry that things turned out the way they did—”
His cheeks reddened and I could instantly tell he hated the pity in my tone. Although I was sincere, Cole would think I was patronizing him. “It’s over and like I said, that’s fine. It would’ve never worked anyway. But I do want us to be friends. I don’t want it to be weird when ever we’re in the same room together.”
“I want that too,” I said hoarsely.
He nodded although his tone remained dry and unfriendly. “You should have fun on the vacation. And if you want to hook up with someone, don’t feel awkward about it… I’m not planning to be a saint on the trip either.”
I could see the knife he had just used to cut out my heart—the serrated edges dripping with fresh blood. Hope had damned me to my own personal hell. Because as tough as I had played it for my friends’ benefits, the god’s honest truth was I had wished for him to see me and feel something again. Like he would look into my eyes and see directly into my heart.
His dangling of our renewed friendship was only a ruse. This was his true purpose. He wanted me to know I’d have to bear witness to him fucking whomever he wanted on vacation. I’d hurt him and he was outlining his plans for revenge against me. For the next seven days, I’d have my heart stomped on each time I saw him with another girl.
“Thanks, but I’ll pass,” I said lifting up my chin. I was certainly at fault for our breakup, but I had to draw the line somewhere. I made mistakes, but I punished myself enough for the both of us.
He frowned. “You pass on what?”
“Your offer of being friends. I considered what you could add to my life as a friend and I’m politely declining,” I said and began to turn away. There had been safety in the fog; why was I allowing his words to penetrate?
His fingers wrapped lightly around my wrist and I stilled. Although I was trying to leave with my dignity intact, I had to admit his hand felt good against my skin. Besides playing guitar, Cole was a union steelworker. The combination left his hands rough and callused. There was something so intoxicating about how masculine his hands felt when he grasped at my bare skin.
“Casey, you were the one who said months ago that neither of us were ready for a commitment. I’m not being an asshole here. I could’ve told everyone about why we broke up, but I didn’t. I let them assume you just wanted to walk away and I didn’t stop you.”
I patted his shoulder heartily. “Thanks for being so grown up about it, Cole. I didn’t know you had it in you.”
He folded his arms across his chest and looked me up and down. I didn’t like the smug look on his face as he caught my eye. His face and posture reminded me of the arrogance that had withered away once we became serious about one another. “Okay, Casey. Game on.”
His eyes were unreadable. “I figured if we were friends, we could show each other some respect. Not rub any hookups in the other person’s face. But since you so rudely swatted away my outreached hand—”
I rolled my eyes. “Were you this annoying when we dated? Because I’m surprised we lasted as long as we did.”
He leaned down and whispered in a low rumble, “You still want me. I know you. I know you. I remember how you get defensive when you want to hide what you’re feeling. I get that your pride will keep you from telling me the truth about what really happened between us. And I know that by the time this boat docks back in port, you’ll be in my bed, asking for a another chance.”
I flushed and said in an affronted voice, “In your dreams, creep.”
“Like I said, Casey, game on.” He planted a quick, affectionless peck on the side of my head before sidestepping around me. He walked away confidently back toward our group. Meanwhile, my legs were unable to function. I was very close to collapsing into a feeble puddle on the deck. How was I going to last a week with Cole? Would I win the worst friend of the year award if I abandoned ship right that second?

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Review: Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray


Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents' invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.

Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared. 

The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above Youfeatures Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.

Publication Date: November 3, 2015

I read A Thousand Pieces of You last year and loved it. LOVED IT. I was so happy to revisit the world Gray created and reconnect with my favorite characters from the first book. Although I’m not sure I loved this book as hard, I still found myself hooked from the very first page.

I would recommend a quick reread of the first book before beginning Ten Thousand Skies Above You. I found it much easier to get invested in what was happening in all of the parallel universes that Marquerite visited. In the first book, Marguerite only visits a couple of worlds while she hops around much more in this book.

The world building was much stronger in this book. We learned more about the villain Conley’s plans as well as how many differences could be found in the parallel universes. It was interesting to read about how some worlds were practically in the dark ages while others were technologically advanced.

I liked Marguerite in this book again, but she can be a little judgey. I felt like she was pretty harsh to both Theo and Paul at times, especially in regards to making them feel responsible for acts committed by their parallel selves. I was a huge Paul fan from the first book, and I hold onto my crush steadfastly, so I wasn’t thrilled with the love triangle aspect. But I was happy that Marguerite seemed to grow throughout the book and realize her mistakes.

The ending was crazy!!! I was bowled over and I am so excited to read the next book. I wish it was coming out tomorrow. Fans of YA time-traveling romances will adore this series.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Review: Shy Kinda Love by Deanna Eshler


When I was eleven, my best friend died in a car accident. When I was twelve, my mom walked out, leaving only a note to say goodbye. When I was eighteen, I was forced into witness protection.

My new name is Shyanne Adams. To protect myself, and painless existence, I do not live. I do not laugh. I do not love. For the last three years, the only meaningful thing I’ve done is care for the horse I rescued.

But now, at the age of twenty-one, the one person from both my past and present is pushing me to start living. Before I know it, I’m moving in with new friends who make me laugh. And next door is Kade Cross, the guy who wants me to love.

Kade knows that I will complicate his life, but he welcomes the challenge. He sees that I’m broken, but he doesn’t try to fix me. When he knows I’m trying to push him away, he braces for the impact.

What Kade doesn’t know is that I could have to relocate at any time. So I have to decide: is experiencing love for a short time worth the pain of losing it?

This New Adult Romance is an emotional journey through pain and healing as Shyanne decides to start living again, but never forgetting she could lose this life… just like her last one.

Publication Date: February 4, 2015

I liked Shy Kinda Love. I was looking for a good New Adult romance to get swept away with and this book satisfied my reading appetites. The middle was a little slow for me, but the book definitely ends with a bang.

Although I read the story before of the broken girl with the ugly past, Shy’s story really touched me. I think the author did a good job of making me feel connected to Shy and everything she has gone through. I never felt annoyed by Shy or her choices, she really gave the book it’s “heart.”

Kade was charming and I liked he wasn’t the typical reformed bad boy love interest. Their relationship is every endearing and sweet. Although this book is New Adult, there’s not a lot of sexy time in it. But the innocent romance worked well for the characters.

The beginning and end of the book was the strongest. The first chapter pulls the reader into the story while the last chapter ties everything up nicely. Definitely a good read for fans of college-age romances.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Review Bad for You by Abbi Glines


Innocence isn’t meant for the addictive…The next sultry affair in the New York Times bestselling Sea Breeze Collection by Abbi Glines is unstoppably steamy.

Addiction is part of Krit Corbin’s nature—and women have always been his favorite obsession. But that’s the life of a lead singer in a band. He can have any woman he wants—anywhere, anytime. Well, except for one.

Blythe Denton is used to being alone. The minister’s family who raised her never accepted her as their own, and the cruel minister’s wife made sure Blythe understood just how unworthy she was of love. So when she finally gets the chance to live by herself, Blythe takes it and moves into an apartment building with a loud upstairs neighbor who keeps throwing parties all night long.

It’s during one such party when Krit opens the door to find his new neighbor standing there. Blythe wants him to turn down the music, but he convinces her to stay. She’s nothing like the women who parade in and out of his apartment, but Krit can’t resist her—her brown hair, cute glasses, and sexy innocence is too much for him to ignore.

Determined to win Blythe over, Krit Corbin may have just found his biggest addiction yet.

Publication Date: May 26, 2015

I always enjoy a New Adult romance by Abbi Glines and Bad for You was no exception. The plot was pretty formulaic: bad boy rocker finds love with innocent virgin. I was able to guess a lot of the plot before it happened, but I still find myself swept away in Krit and Blythe’s romance.

Krit was a good male lead although he made a lot of questionable choices, especially regarding women. But that is to be expected since Blythe is the only girl who makes him believe in true love. Blythe is shy and awkward, but Krit finds her intriguing. They begin as friends before realizing they feel something much more. I liked Blythe for the most part, but she was a little too weak at times. Like I wanted to yell at her to stop apologizing for the most ridiculous things.

The sex scenes were spectacular. Abbi Glines is a master at writing a good love scene. I really felt the emotional and physical connection between Krit and Blythe. It was also fun to see Krit help Blythe discover her own sexuality.

The pacing was good, so I flew through the book. There was a good amount of drama, although some of the subplots were a little annoying. But I really loved the conclusion, I liked that both Krit and Blythe found a way to be happy. Bad for You is a solid entry in the Sea Breeze series and can be read as a standalone.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Cover Reveal: Ward Against Destruction by Melanie Card

Ward Against Destruction
(Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer, #4)
Release Date: 10/05/15
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Ward de’Ath used
to the think that nothing could be more terrible than death. Now he realizes
there are worse
things. Like his never-ending hunger for blood. Even if he conquers the
cravings that drive him headlong toward destruction,he’s a wanted man with a

Assassin Celia
Carlyle learns she is the only one who can protect Ward from disaster. She
loves him–she wants to help him, but no one can tell her how to save him from
himself. And the confusing voices in her head scream to let him go.

But Ward's dark trials
keep mounting. A malevolent evil is rising in the land, threatening to
unleash horror
upon the world. The only way Ward can defeat it, and have the chance to marry
Celia, is by
accepting his fate and becoming the one thing he swore he would never become..

***Books in this series***

Release Date: 08/02/11
Entangled Teen
306 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Twenty-year-old Ward de’Ath expected this to be a simple job—bring a nobleman’s daughter back from the dead for fifteen minutes, let her family say good-bye, and launch his fledgling career as a necromancer. Goddess knows he can’t be a surgeon—the Quayestri already branded him a criminal for trying—so bringing people back from the dead it is.

But when Ward wakes the beautiful Celia Carlyle, he gets more than he bargained for. Insistent that she’s been murdered, Celia begs Ward to keep her alive and help her find justice. By the time she drags him out her bedroom window and into the sewers, Ward can’t bring himself to break his damned physician’s Oath and desert her.

However, nothing is as it seems—including Celia. One second, she’s treating Ward like sewage, the next she’s kissing him. And for a nobleman’s daughter, she sure has a lot of enemies. If he could just convince his heart to give up on the infuriating beauty, he might get out of this alive…

Release Date: 08/27/13
Entangled Teen
352 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
The last thing Ward de'Ath wants is more trouble. On the run from both the law and the criminal underworld, Ward and Celia flee Brawenal City only to stumble into the mansion of a powerful evil necromancer. And when Ward discovers the man possesses a dangerous grimoire, his duty leaves him no choice. He can't allow the necromancer to keep the grimoire.

But the mansion is filled with monsters--human and undead--and Ward has no way of telling who's friend or foe. The only person he can trust is Celia who dominates more of his thoughts and feelings everyday. But there are still laws in the way of anything but friendship. She's still dead and he's still alive . . . for now.

Release Date: 01/19/14
Entangled Teen
276 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Ward de'Ath should be dead by now. Instead, he’s chasing after a soul-eating creature—that he unleashed— and is bent on stopping her before she slaughters more innocents. Fortunately, Celia Carlyle remains by his side, a nobleman's gorgeous and deadly daughter, who is…well, dead.

Celia claims she’ll champion Ward wherever he goes, even when she thinks his quest is hopeless. He can only hope her pledge comes from her heart, and not because she’s bound to him through his magic.

When they enter Dulthyne, they stumble upon a dark power that threatens the entire town. Ward, with his unreliable necromancy, is determined to help but finds himself ensnared in the lure of white-hot magic…blood magic he struggles to resist. But if Celia’s love is a lie, it might just doom his soul to the dark arts forever. 

About the Author
I have always been drawn to story telling. In fact, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t telling a story in my head or on paper. In grade school, we had journal writing time which I turned into story telling time, weaving tales of magic and adventure that mimicked the fairy tales and myths that I loved to read. It was there, with the help of two very special teachers, that I nurtured this love and started my journey as a writer.

I write fantasy, paranormal romance, and everything in between, seasoned with a good dash of adventure and mystery. Join me on my tales of magic, adventure, and romance.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Review: Asking for It by Kate Harding


Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s arrest. Congressman Todd Akin’s “legitimate” gaffe. The alleged rape crew of Steubenville, Ohio. Sexual violence has been so prominent in recent years that the feminist term “rape culture” has finally entered the mainstream. But what, exactly, is it? And how do we change it?

In Asking for It, Kate Harding answers those questions in the same blunt, bullshit-free voice that’s made her a powerhouse feminist blogger. Combining in-depth research with practical knowledge, Asking for Itmakes the case that twenty-first century America—where it’s estimated that out of every 100 rapes only 5 result in felony convictions—supports rapists more effectively than victims. Harding offers ideas and suggestions for addressing how we as a culture can take rape much more seriously without compromising the rights of the accused.

Publication Date: August 25, 2015

I read this book as research for one of my own upcoming novels. I was looking into how to define “rape culture” and how society treats victims of sexual assault. Although the statistics and stories shared in the work are disheartening, I would say this book is a must read for every single woman.

What made me the sickest while reading was the many examples of victim blaming. The book really was eye opening in the many ways that rape victims are shamed. I remember reading a New York Time article a few years back that shared quotes from neighbors of an eleven year old who was gang raped. The neighbors talked about how the girl dressed older than her age and wore makeup and clothing more appropriate for women in their 20s. Asking for It shares more of these stories including one story of a defense attorney who compares a raped eleven year old to a spider and the perpetrator the fly.

The book covers a lot of topics and I think the author thoroughly examines many hot button issues of today such as revenge pornography, rape jokes and the high incidence of sexual assault on college campuses. The book is by no means an easy read, but definitely an important one.  

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Review: Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven


When Cassie Taylor met Ethan Holt at acting school, sparks flew. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy about campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing, Cassie and Ethan's romance seemed destined. Until he broke her heart and betrayed her trust. Now the A-list heartthrob is back in her life and turning her world around. One touch at a time. 

Cast as romantic leads once again, they're forced to confront raw memories of the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their secret college affair. But they'll also discover that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks.

Publication Date: December 23, 2014

Bad Romeo was a great New Adult book. I liked the time jumps between past and present. The writing was solid and I really found myself emotionally invested in Ethan and Cassie’s relationship.

Cassie is a very likable narrator and I really enjoyed that the story was told only from her point of view. It added to the mystery surrounding Ethan. The couple was so great together, it made me curious over what could have caused Ethan’s hot and cold attitude toward her.

I liked the setup of the novel too and how Cassie and Ethan are forced together again after years apart. The sexual tension between the two of them was explosive. I also adore love/hate relationships and they definitely enjoyed antagonizing each other, just as much as they liked hooking up.

The ending is a cliffhanger, but the next book is already out. I can’t wait to see how Cassie and Ethan’s tale ends.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Review: Delayed Penalty by Sophia Henry


She closed her heart long ago. He just wants to open her mind. For fans of Toni Aleo and Sawyer Bennett, the debut of Sophia Henry’s red-hot Detroit Pilots series introduces a hockey team full of complicated men who fight for love.

Auden Berezin is used to losing people: her father, her mother, her first love. Now, just when she believes those childhood wounds are finally healing, she loses something else: the soccer scholarship that was her ticket to college. Scrambling to earn tuition money, she’s relieved to find a gig translating for a Russian minor-league hockey player—until she realizes that he’s the same dangerously sexy jerk who propositioned her at the bar the night before.

Equal parts muscle and scar tissue, Aleksandr Varenkov knows about trauma. Maybe that’s what draws him to Auden. He also lost his family too young, and he channeled the pain into his passions: first hockey, then vodka and women. But all that seems to just melt away the instant he kisses Auden and feels a jolt of desire as sudden and surprising as a hard check on the ice.

After everything she’s been through, Auden can’t bring herself to trust any man, let alone a hot-headed puck jockey with a bad reputation. Aleksandr just hopes she’ll give him a chance—long enough to prove he’s finally met the one who makes him want to change.

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

I really, really liked the premise of Delayed Penalty and I thought the characters were fun. I also liked that the sole focus wasn’t on just the romance between Auden and Alek. The novel is also about Auden trying to find herself.

Auden and Alek were iffy for me at the start. Alek came off as a jerk and I just didn’t feel a connection to Auden. I think her character took some time to develop for me, but she did grow on me by the book’s end.

The pace was good and I liked that the author tried to show the real issues that could be involved with dating a pro hockey player. The time apart was helpful for Auden’s development, but I think it hurt the chemistry between the hero and heroine. They never really clicked for me as a couple.

Overall, I did like the book and I thoroughly enjoyed the ending. There is a happily ever after and I liked that the book can be read as a standalone. Fans of New Adult romances will likely enjoy Delayed Penalty.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy for review!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Review: Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes


After the heartbreak of losing his girlfriend, Beck, Joe Goldberg thought he’d never love again. But when mysterious Amy Adam begins working for Joe at Mooney Books, he finds himself obsessed with his new employee. Amy is Beck’s opposite—she hates Twitter, she doesn’t even have an email address, she's completely unsearchable online—and she quickly captures Joe’s heart. But just before Joe can ask Amy to marry him, she disappears, leaving a trail of clues in her wake.

Joe is then forced to do something so vile, so awful that he nearly loses his mind: he moves to Los Angeles to find Amy. He is tortured by a series of aspiring Angelenos—an insufferable stand-up comedian, philistine booksellers, a money-hungry nanny, and a slutty ghostwriter—before meeting his ticket to a more luxurious world: a surgically enhanced, social media–savvy heiress named Love Quinn. But Joe can’t stop stalking Amy, despite the world opening up to him with Love on his arm. Will Joe finally escape his sordid past? Or is Love just the latest casualty in Joe’s unrelenting search for the perfect match?

Publication Date: September 8, 2015

Last year’s You was a book that stayed with me for a long time. I remember reading it and not being able to get the character of Joe out of my head. Serial killer novels from the murderer’s point of view are usually sick and twisty, but Joe is scary because he’s just so gosh darn likable.

Joe is such a complicated character that I’m sure if he was a real, psychologists could develop textbooks based around him. He’s funny and insightful and has a way of convincingly rationalizing his murders. The tough thing about Joe is that I couldn’t decide if I wanted him to have a happy ending or get killed off in an atrocious manner.

The plot of Hidden Bodies didn’t charm me as much as the previous book. I liked the change of scenery, but I didn’t feel as invested in the relationship between Love and Joe as I had with him and Beck. Love almost felt like a caricature instead of a real person, especially when compared to the rich characterization of Joe.

The pace was good and the end was a nail-biter. There were a few twists I didn’t see coming and a few that I felt were a little too out there to believe. I thought the conclusion was well done and I’m curious if there will be a follow up or not. I love the author’s writing style, so I’m definitely reading everything she writes from here on out.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Review: Someone Out There by Catherine Hunt


A debut psychological thriller with a twisting story of obsession, revenge and deceit.

Top divorce lawyer, Laura Maxwell, appears to have it all – perfect career, perfect husband, perfect life. But how well do you really know the people around you? All it takes is one tiny crack to shatter the whole fa├žade.

A series of accidents leads Laura to believe that someone out there is deliberately trying to harm her. The fear starts to pervade every part of her life, affecting her work and her marriage. Increasingly, she feels that no one believes her story, and she must face down her attacker alone. One woman, fighting to survive in a nightmare world.

Publication Date: May 21, 2015

Someone Out There was a good mystery/psychological thriller. It took me a bit to get into, but once I got to the meat of the story I was hooked. The tension is slow building, but I thought the climax was very exciting and I couldn’t guess what direction the story was going in.

I did like the main character Laura and I felt for her as all these terrible things start to happen. I felt for her as she tried to do the right thing by her clients and to protect them from horrible situations (i.e. domestic violence, loss of parental rights, etc.). The secondary characters were good too and I liked that the reader got more than just Laura’s point of view.

The twist wasn’t easy to spot and really brought the story together for me. There are several red herrings that the author uses to keep readers guessing. The ending was fairly good although I would have liked a bit more closure.

I would recommend Someone Out There to fans of adult suspense novels. I think the author did a terrific job on her debut novel and I look forward to future books.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy for review!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

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Together, the duo faces a threat from an ancient race bound to protect humans, but only after protecting their own secrets--secrets they fear Ava may expose. Fighting to survive, Ava soon learns she's not actually normal . . . she's not even just special.
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T.M. FranklinT.M. Franklin writes stories of adventure, romance, & a little magic. A former TV news producer, she decided making stuff up was more fun than reporting the facts. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days. MORE was well-received, being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, as well as winning the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader's Choice Awards. She's since written three additional novels and several best-selling short stories...and there's always more on the way.
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Monday, August 3, 2015

Review: The Cost of All Things by Maggie Lehrman


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets We Were Liars in this thought-provoking, brilliantly written, and totally original realistic contemporary debut about three teens who must deal with the consequences of spells cast on them in the wake of their classmate’s sudden death.

Publication Date: May 12, 2015

The Cost of All Things has a very interesting idea at the center of the story: what would you be willing to give in order to make your wishes come true? The hekamist angle was original and the story felt fresh, especially since I don’t read a lot of books about magical realism.

I liked the main character Ari and I wish the story was told in only her point of view. The multiple POVs felt like overkill and I think after learning the fate of one of the characters, one of the POVs could be left out. Also, I thought the wishes would be more intriguing, but they seemed mostly superficial.

The setting was well done and the magical parts were probably my favorite sections. I thought the rules regarding how magic could be used and what to do if you wanted the spell reversed was thought provoking.

The ending was just okay for me and I did feel like the author rushed to conclude all of the characters’ storylines. The writing was good and I do look forward to see what else books she’ll release in the future.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy for review!