Decisions Decisions…. Nahla
and Gideon say good bye to the first part of their journey to begin a
new life together, their hearts set on finding the other seven gifts.
Their honeymoon begins in a whirlwind of unexpected events, the first
being the surprising arrival of what turns out to be Nahla’s sister,
Rilyn–her parents biological daughter. Even more surprising was how she
came to be accompanied by the newest member of their group, her adoptive
brother Levi. It wasn’t in the plan to start the search so soon, but
there were now four of them, and with the added gift of prophecy and the
gift of knowledge, they couldn’t sit back and ignore Rilyn’s mysterious
“Death to the Infidels!” Was the clue they had to go
on and it wasn’t much. Could they trust Nahla’s parents enough to
introduce them to the daughter they’d never known? Would a newly
changed Rilyn be able to fly sufficiently enough to make the journey
with them? Somewhere deep in South Africa, Arulan & Osiah
unknowingly waited to be found. Keepers of the gift to speak many
tongues and the gift to interpret many tongues, revenge was what swirled
within their auras. Outcast their entire lives, one thing they knew
how to do was fight.
My Review: I really enjoyed the first
book in this series, The Gifts. When I got a chance to read this one I
wasn't sure what to expect. It's a fast paced fantasy that I didn't
want to put down.
In this sequel the story picks up where The
Gifts left off. Nahla and Gideon get married and move away from the
tribe to start their life together. It's not long after they get to
their new home that their plans are interrupted by two gifts, Rilyn and
Levi. It starts to get interesting here when they realize that Rilyn is
actually Nahla's parents biological daughter. Together they decide to
set off on another adventure, this time to South Africa to try and find
the remaining gifts. It's here that they discover brothers Arulan and
Osiah. They all have some interesting gifts but I'm not going to spoil
it for you by telling you.
I enjoyed meeting all the new
characters and getting to learn a little about each one of them. The
characters and the story itself are becoming more interesting to read as
the story goes on. This one has it all, action, adventure and lots of
romance. There are some adult sex scenes throughout, nothing to graphic
though. Overall this is a great sequel and I am looking forward to
starting the final book in this trilogy. This e-book was provided to me
by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.
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"We'll head towards the volcano on the north side first, and then fly back." "How far apart are the volcanoes?" I asked, following him into the dense jungle that surrounded the back of our house.
pg. 73 (27%) on kindle
Signs & Wonders (The Gifts Trilogy #2) by Patria Dunn-Rowe
"The war between life
weavers and necromancers impacted these lands far more than anyone could
have imagined. The war was said to have wiped out both races. But I
believe survivors of both still exist. I have found several necromancers
but have yet to find a life weaver and research about them is scarce.
This has led me to believe that those who survived found a way to hide
themselves." The five of them had grown up together. Ancient magick
bound them as children. Friendship binds them as adults. But when the
Princess of Father Willows is kidnapped, each one is pushed to use their
gifts further than ever before. For the outcome of the battle that
marches forward will be decided by the five. If the wrong side is
victorious, an ancient black magick will devour the lands.
Weaver is a fantasy about a teenage princess who lives in the Father
Willows Kingdom. When I first started reading this I thought oh this is
going to be a good one. Then the further I got into reading it the
more disappointed I got.
Rylee is a life weaver, she is
someone who possess magic that can heal things. Caedmon is the future
king of Entica. He wants Rylee to be his wife and his father, the king
wants her to be part of their kingdom to help restore it. Rylee can't
stand Caedmon. She is in love with her childhood friend Theron although
she doesn't realize it at first. One day Caedmon kidnaps Rylee and
takes her back to Entica. Some of the people from Father Willows
attempt to save Rylee. Will they succeed? Well you'll have to read it
for yourself to find out.
This is where I thought the story got
lost. Caedmon either tortured Rylee himself or had someone else do it
for him. The story just seemed to focus on her being locked up. I
finished reading it so I could find out what happened. There are some
parts that I did enjoy but for the most part I thought it was just ok. I
thought the ending was rushed a bit and we are left with a lot of
unanswered questions too.
This book was provided to me by the author and/or publisher for review. This did not affect my review in any way.
Today bestselling author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us! All the previously published books in the Spellbound series have been rewritten and republished with more epic romance and suspenseful thrills. The new versions also include exclusive bonus material and brand new scenes. Even additional scenes from charming, bad-boy, Trent Donovan’s point-of-view! To help promote the new editions, she is doing this awesome book tour to share the update with fellow booklovers.
Sherry has put together four unknown facts about her popular YA series, Spellbound. In this fun post, you can learn more about the intriguing, supernatural legends that makeup the eerie world of Fallen Oaks. Read on to learn some things you didn't know...and really don't need to. :-D
Fun Fact #1
Shadow People, (also known as Shades) are usually vague human shapes, completely black or dark in color, with no discernible facial features. Sometimes they appear as mere silhouettes, generally lacking any characteristics of gender.
However, there are many types of shadow beings; there are hooded shadows, cloaked ones, solid or wispy, and even smoky shapes. They dart into corners, through walls, into closets, or behind bushes, and buildings. Sometimes they simply fade into the dark recesses of the night. Lacking in the description is one common denominator unifying the many different types of Shadow People that enter our world—they are all thought to be “intensely dark.”
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines paranormal as an adjective meaning “not scientifically explainable.”
In the Spellbound books, Shadow People are ominous creatures that were once slaves of a band of fallen angels. When they rebelled, the Fallen hexed these creatures to spend eternity in a hell dimension. A few have found a way to slip through the gateway. The real worry is—what happens if they ALL escape?
Spooky, huh? So, do you believe in Shadow People?
Fun Fact #2
One of my inspirations for the über spooky town in my YA series was the video game, “Silent Hill.” Readers of the Spellbound series have often wondered if the town had a real-life counterpart, and if there was a particular town that inspired the haunted area, we’ve come to know and fear in the books…
Actually, there have been many speculations, and now here’s a place you can actually visit for REAL...
So, while researching the different elements of Fallen Oaks and looking for a foggy and woodland area, I came across Marin County in California. The popular SF Bay Area tourist spot planted the seed for what developed into what we’ve come to know and love as, Fallen Oaks. The coastal town is actually located in the Madrone Woodlands near Larkspur, California neighboring Muir Woods. (You need to use a Bing map to locate the region.)
Echoes of the tragic disappearances still plague the town. When the season passes and all the tourists leave, the haunting memory of past events once again shatter the peace of the inhabitants of Fallen Oaks...
Have you ever been to the coastal towns of Marin County?
Fun Fact #3
Werewolves and Lycans (shortened form of the word lycanthrope, which means shape-changer) are two completely different species. The terms are definitely NOT synonymous. The werewolf can only transform on a full moon, and they represent more of witchcraft and curse, unlike the lycan who can transform into a wolf at will. The lycan species are also considered shapeshifters, but can ONLY shift into wolves—not into other animals. Lycans are also capable of walking on their hindquarters, and are much more muscular than werewolves. Lycans and werewolves do share these qualities; they both have enhanced physical attributes, enhanced strength, reflexes, coordination, speed, and regenerative abilities. However, these traits seem to apply to lycans, even when in human form.
Furthermore, lycans can retain their human intelligence and personalitieswhile transformed, whereas werewolves become pure animal, devoid of any memory regarding their actions once they shift. Silver is the lycans only weakness, as they seem to be violently allergic to it.
In MOONLIGHT MAYHEM, (second book in the series), the story hinges on a terrible secret guarded by some of the town’s residents as one-by-one teens are attacked by a mysterious creature.
Do you think it’s a lycan or a werewolf stalking the kids in Fallen Oaks?
Fun Fact #4
A Grimoire, or in some cases it’s called a Book of Shadows (BoS), is used to store magical information, like a textbook of magic spells, rituals, supernatural-related data, and invocations. Some grimoires can even be a sort of magical journal that keeps a record of a witch’s magical experiments and exploits.
Overall, a grimoire is used predominantly by Wiccans; however, this does not mean that those outside of Wicca can’t use a grimoire. Nor do you have to be in a coven, like the Blood Rose Circle or Generation Hex.
I used the grimoire concept in a different way in my YA series about a teenage witch, where the magical book is used more like that of a diary and contains prophecies, a demon index, and spells, which was written by her ancestors and passed down through the generations.
Thank you so much for letting me chat up my new YA series with all of you. It’s been an honor to share the eerie urban legends associated with the Spellbound series. If you haven’t seized your copy of my books yet, please do so. Thrilling and extraordinary adventures await you!
They say every town has its secrets, but that doesn’t even begin to describe Fallen Oaks. The townsfolk are a superstitious lot and the mystical disappearance of a local teen has everyone murmuring about a centuries old witch’s curse.
When sixteen-year-old Shiloh Trudell takes a summer job at Craven Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan, and immediately becomes enchanted by his charms.
Finally, Shiloh’s met someone who is supercute and totally into her, but Trent is immersed in the cunning deception that surrounds the mysterious Craven Manor. So much so that he may lose sight of what is truly important to him. And she can’t decide whether she wants to shake him or kiss him. Yet neither one of them can deny the immediate, passionate connection growing between them.
But underlying everything is the fear that Trent may be the next victim on a supernatural hit list, and Shiloh is the only person with the power to save him…
With cryptic messages from a pesky wraith, Shiloh will finally begin to understand the mysterious significance of the strange mark branded on her wrist and decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to protect the other teenagers in town.
Unfortunately, for Shiloh, not all ghosts want help crossing over. Some want vengeance.
After everything that has happened, Grace goes to the Everglades to live with her grandmother, Birdee. Even though she is now home-schooled by her bird-obsessed grandmother, the move gives Grace time to relax. She learns to scuba dive and starts boating with old man Rex, Birdee's casual friend/boyfriend.One day while out in the marshes of the Everglades, Grace rescues an abused Florida panther, currently on the endangered list. The more she dives into the animal’s horrific condition, the more she ventures into the underground world of the roadside zoos that run rampant in Florida with a total disregard for the law. Eventually, she stumbles upon one large roadside zoo filled with a variety of endangered and illegal animals.Before she can gather evidence and report her findings to the authorities, she is kidnapped by the ruthless owner and dragged deep into the Everglades for a hunting challenge. Only this time, Grace is the prey.During a sick game of cat and mouse, Grace is offered one chance at survival. With a one-hour head start and very little supplies, time and skill are now all that stands between the hunter and the hunted.
Praise for Untraceable:
"This thrilling story is a dramatic entanglement of mystery, deception and teen romance. The action flows like a brisk mountain stream interspersed with rapids, holding suspense to last page." - Kirkus Reviews
“Johannes has done a marvelous job of creating a suspense-filled mystery with surprises that keep you guessing all the way to the end. Untraceable is a thoroughly engrossing and riveting page-turner.” - IndieReader
"This story is action-packed and very funny in some parts. There is even a bit of young romance...There is a strong message of wildlife conservation, so it is somewhat educational in that aspect." - Readers Favorite
"Grace is a spunky, independent, nature girl who doesn't need a boy to save her. With wilderness survival, a juicy love triangle, and more twists and turns than a roller coaster, this fast-paced novel had me holding my breath until the very last page—and still begging for more!" - Kimberly Derting, author of Body Finder series (Harper Teen)
About the Author:S.R. Johannes is the award-winning author of the Amazon bestselling thriller series, The Nature of Grace (Untraceable, Uncontrollable, and Unstoppable
S.R. Johannes is the YA advisor of ALLi and a winner of the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Awards (Young Adult category) as well as a Silver medalist (2nd place) in the IPPY awards for YA Fiction. She was also nominated for 2012 Georgia Author of the Year (Young Adult category), a Finalist in The Kindle Book Review's Best Young Adult of 2012, and a YA Finalist in the US Book News Best Book of 2012.
After earning an MBA and working in corporate America doing marketing for over 15 years, S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her dog, English-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes -someday- will change the world.