Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Spotlight and Review of Spellbound

Part of Your World
Where love is waiting just beyond the edge of what you can see.
When two world collide at the edge of the sea in a measure of desperation, a prince will bow before a commoner and a lost soul will be finally be found. Part of Your World - Where love is waiting just beyond the edge of what you can see.

A guardian can’t shine without the song of her ward.
Marian Spritz won’t gain guardian fairy status if she fails her summer school project. But when she hears a call for help—a song felt only by Glistens—she must choose between not letting her schoolwork and teammates suffer and protecting a ward who faces grave danger.

Can love heal all that’s broken? 
Life had been simple for vampire Jayden Blackwell until he met the runaway Emmaline Grey. One taste of her blood revealed that not only is she a fledgling vampire on the cusp of her transition, but she’s also his bondmate and the granddaughter of his family’s biggest enemy. Will family feuding keep them apart or is it Jayden who compromised Emma’s survival? 

Drops of Sunshine
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. -Buddha 
Working as lifeguard at a camp for the blind seems like the perfect escape for Nina. But a few perceptive kids can hear her thoughts. Can embracing her truth help her heal and reveal possibilities she never imagined? 

Feathers and Fireflies
Will you follow the fireflies?
Seventeen year old Rory of Vanora Village dreams of capturing the sacred summer solstice ritual of the animal shapeshifters with her trusty charcoal and parchment. But with only legends and tales to guide her, she cannot even convince her childhood friend, Lucas, that the ritual is real. On the night Rory follows the fireflies, she gets far more than she bargained for.

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Part of Your World
L.A. Starkey 
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L.A. Starkey is the author of the Soul Keeper Series, a supernatural young adult series, and The Liarus Detective Series, a supernatural middle grade series. 
She is a fulltime writer, and loves spending time with her family and reading a good book. With more ideas than one person should be allowed, she is blessed to have a muse that doesn't seem to take a vacation and more energy that one might consider healthy.
She writes under the following pen name:
Kate Thomas - NA/Adult Paranormal -- SEE Enchanted

Chess Desalls
Chess Desalls is the author of the YA time travel series, The Call to Search Everywhen. She's a longtime reader of fantasy and sci-fi novels, particularly classics and young adult fiction. Her nonfiction writing has led to academic and industry publications. She's also a contributing editor for her local writing club's monthly newsletter. The California Writers Club, South Bay branch, has awarded two of Chess' stories first place for best short fiction. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys traveling and trying to stay in tune on her flute.

Kelly Hall 
Kelly Hall was born and raised in Southeast Texas, and lives in a small town just a stone's throw from the ghost road where her Light Keeper series is based. 
When she's not busy writing, or spending time with her husband and two sons, this self-proclaimed creative junkie dabbles in many different forms of art, including cake decorating and mixed media. 

Drops of Sunshine
Tricia Copeland
Tricia Copeland grew up in Georgia but now lives outside the mile-high city of Denver, Colorado with her husband, three kids, and multiple four legged and finned friends. An avid runner and paranormal fan, she also enjoys hiking, trivia, and Scrabble. You can connect with Tricia and other readers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and on her website, www.triciacopeland.com

Feathers and Fireflies
Melanie Rodriguez 
Melanie Rodriguez holds a BA in creative writing from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont. She says she's been compelled to write stories dictated by the voices she's heard inside her head since she was a child, citing the story line of her debut book Child of Blackwen: An Artemis Ravenwing Novel as one of the main reasons she majored in creative writing. It's an epic work of high fantasy narrating the coming-of-age story of a young half-vampire, half-human creature known as a dhampir. A former New Yorker, Rodriguez is an avid reader and sports fan who now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her overly excitable shepsky (a shepherd-husky mix), Shadow.


My Review of Spellbound

I was gifted a copy of this book to review. At first, I didn't think I'd finish the whole book before the date to post this, but I've managed to read most of it so I'm going to put my review up and update it as soon as I've completed the last story.


I haven't read many young adult novels. I chose to read this one as, particularly, the blurb of Drops of Sunshine fascinated me and I also like paranormal / fantasy novels. I did expect them to be romance based and I'm not sure why, but it doesn't matter that they all weren't - I still enjoyed the paranormal slant of each one.

The stories were fun to read and varied. Although shorter than full-length books, they had enough structure and plot to take me into their worlds and keep me gripped. I was a bit disappointed with the quality of editing as there were several grammar mistakes in the book. But the stories were good enough to keep this grammar nerd reading anyway. I have to say I did have a preference for two of the stories over the rest. I've decided to review each one separately as they really are so different in writing style. Although I had two favourites, each story was a good read and held their own special merit.

Story 1 - Part of Your World

I loved this story and it was one of my favourites. The sweetness of the writer permeated the story from the start and it kept me gripped. An interesting world was created in a short story. The romance, although not fully developed in the beginning, became more meaningful in the last part of the story. The characters were good and easy to sympathise with. It had a great easy-to-read writing style and feel to the story.

Story 2 - Glistens

I love fairy books so I did enjoy being taken into an unusual and unique fairy world in this story. The beginning was a bit disjointed and I struggled to know what was going on at times, but it improved as the story went on. There were some grammar issues that I couldn't help picking up. It was a great reading escape though. If this was intended to be a romance, I admit it failed, but as a paranormal young adult novella, it does well - plenty of adventure and interesting characters.

Story 3 - Tethered

This novella was a different take on the vampire theme and it's nice to come from a fresh angle. I enjoyed some of the characters in this story but not all. I thought the heroine was a bit whiny and spoilt at times but then she redeemed herself in the end. And so did some of the other characters. Sweet romance, but not as fully developed as I would have liked. The paranormal world-building was well-constructed and full of surprises with a satisfying ending.

Story 4 - Drops of Sunshine

I have to say this was my favourite story. The writing was of a high standard with great plot, pacing, dialogue, and characterisation. The story arc was well-developed with character arc, romance and plot. The writer took me into the character's head and I immediately sympathised with her and not only because I have a hard time opening up when I'm going through a hard time. This story really spoke to me personally and I enjoyed the romance too. I really wanted them to end up together and it was done realistically and sweetly. I loved the touches of paranormal placed in this book and also the life lessons the characters learned through the story.

Story 5 - Feathers and Fireflies

This was an enchanting story about animal shapeshifters and a young woman's quest to break free of her life while controlled by her abusive uncle. I enjoyed the depth to this story, the interesting characters and the fascinating world building. A great fantasy / paranormal read.

Four Stars or rather Eiffel Towers