YA Paranormal Romance
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: July 31st, 2017
Dahlia, a centuries-old genie, lies hopelessly trapped in a damaged golden locket charm attached to an ankle bracelet. Its owner, sixteen-year-old Liana, wears it for the first time during her father Jamison’s opening night illusion spectacular. Not only does its presence cause Jamison to folly his performance, but it also starts a chain of bizarre events that lead to a showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy, Stefan, and an unsuspecting romance between Liana and his son.
So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted a review of a book… what can I say except life is rough sometimes lol? But man, am I glad that I took the time out to review this book. First, the premise really got me! One of my majors is anthropology so I’ve come across a lot of genie or jinn myths but not many written literary stories that are as intriguing as the myth itself. This book captured that intrigue. I also found the writing style and POV to be unique and executed excellently. It is not a common choice so originally, I was thrown off but as the story progressed it worked well to tell the story and explain much of what was happening. While this is not the first book I’ve read that is written in this way, the number of stories that do it well are low so it was a refreshing experience for me as a long-time reader. In addition to a pretty amazing storyline and writing style, I loved the characters who felt tangible and relatable even in a fantastical setting and story.
While there is romance in this story, it is not the main focal point and it does not distract from the main story and serves as a nice added bonus. I honestly can’t say enough about this book except, read it and decide for yourself!
About the Author
Matt Dallmann has a background in acting and holds a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. His films and screenplays have been featured at film festivals across the United States including Cinequest, Big Apple Film Festival, Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival, DragonCon and Zero Independent Film Festival. His piano compositions have been published for commercial use and he is a member of ASCAP. Matt is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of the boutique medical billing firm VGA Billing Services, Inc. in New York City. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.
Genre: Young Adults Paranormal
Release Date: December 21, 2015
Publisher: Of Tomes Publishing
Goodreads Rating: 4.24
My Rating: 5.0
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The Legends of Regia
Genre: Young Adults Romantic Fantasy
Release Date: December 29, 2012
Publisher: Cold Fire Publishing LLC
Word Count: 77,000
Cover Artist: Erika Doucesse
Goodreads Rating: 3.97
My Rating: 4.0
Born in shame. Cast from society. Shape Shifter/Elf hybrid, Forest must fight for any respect she can get. Targeted in her youth by a vampire noble who placed an illegal slave mark on her, she is forced to obey him, no matter what.
Slipping the grip of her master and abandoning the prejudice of Regia, her native world, Forest takes a job on Earth, guarding the portal, using her skills as a warrior to enforce Regia’s laws. Now, called home for a black ops mission, Forest must put aside her own prejudice to transport the vampire prince, Syrus, through enemy territory in a time of war.
Prince Syrus, mage and master of the Blood Kata, wants Forest more than he’s ever wanted anything. In spite of their mutual mistrust, their attraction cannot be denied. Through the danger of their mission, and the secrets they both keep, it doesn’t matter what they feel. Forest is forbidden.
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Claire Daly: Reluctant Soul Saver
Genre: Young Adults Paranormal Romance
Release Date: September 20, 2015
Goodreads Rating: 3.71
My Rating: 4.5
When seventeen-year-old librarian wannabe Claire Daly is dragged kicking, screaming and cursing from everything she loves—her mam, her cozy Irish village and the dreamy boy next door—to take up arms in the battle of good versus evil, she learns the hard way that sometimes you don’t get to choose your own destiny, destiny chooses you.
Claire’s life plan is simple: head off to university to get her degree in library studies, summon up the courage to tell her best friend Chas that she loves him and live happily ever after. She never once entertained the idea that she might possess divine powers, that she might be predestined to battle Hell’s demons, or, to complicate matters further, that another love of many lives past might turn up on her doorstep. But life doesn’t always go as planned, and when a co-worker is viciously attacked by a demon and her own family threatened, Claire must face the truth: she is called to a higher purpose and has no choice but to answer. Claire sets aside her dreams and begins learning how to deal with the Unholy once and for all. Armed with only a crash course in soul saving and her wits, she gears up for the ultimate show down in Hell. But will it be enough?
That was amazing!
I had high hopes for this book, and to be quite frank I wasn’t sure it was going to pan out when I first started reading this book. It wasn’t that it was bad or the writing was hard to follow but more that Claire seemed to annoy me more than anything. I really wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about a book with a lead I couldn’t stand. Luckily for all involved, Clare kind of grew on me. I’m still not her biggest fan but I do enjoy the story, the history, and the premise. It also doesn’t hurt that I enjoyed the other characters.
The storyline is really original and captivating. So while Claire wasn’t my favorite character at first, the story itself was more than enough to keep me hooked. Now if you are wondering why Claire was not my favorite heroine… simple, she was overly childish most times. She also can off as selfish and a wee bit naive.
So Claire wasn’t the most likeable, but the storyline was and the author is extremely talented if she can manage to keep me 100% invested even when the lead drives me bat shit crazy. It was that great writing that ultimately made me a ‘reluctant’ (see what I did there) fan of Claire. Because, even with all her faults, Claire does have moxie!
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I was born in western New York, the oldest of 5. I’ve loved reading since I was very little. From the age of 9, I’ve wanted to be a writer. In high school, I wrote a lot of angst-ridden civil war dramas ala Gone With The Wind, knowing more about the Battle of the Bull Run than a normal teenager should know. I dabbled in writing after that but didn’t get serious about it until 2006, when I decided that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
I’ve had many interesting jobs but my passion has always been writing.
I lived in Ireland from 2006-2013 with my husband and 2 boys. We moved back to the US and settled in Florida briefly (2 years) before returning back to Ireland in August 2015.
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