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Craving Beauty by Jennifer Silverwood Review + #Giveaway

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Craving Beauty

A Wylder Tale

Volume 1

Jennifer Silverwood

 
 
Genre: YA Dark Fantasy
Release Date: October 31, 2015
Publisher: SilverwoodSketches
 
ISBN: 978-1517701963
ASIN: B00GXV971I
 
Pages: 239
Goodreads Rating: 3.67
My Rating: 5.0
 

Book Description:

 
Vynasha has spent the last four years tending her mother’s roses and looking after her nephew. The fire that killed their family has left her scarred and put Wyll on the brink of death. Soon the first frost will come down from the mountains and she knows this winter will be his last.
 
Until a strange beggar appears on the road, telling her of the majikal Source that can heal her Wyll. With nothing left to lose, Vynasha braves the forbidden Wylder Mountains to seek out a cure and her fate.
 
A lost kingdom is uncovered by an equally lost girl, but the castle is not abandoned as she believes. Shadows cloaking unseen eyes watch. Tapestries whisper from the hidden corners, wondering if the one to break their curse has come. And a hungry beast waits, ready to devour her soul.
 

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My Take:

 
Growing up Beauty and the Beast was always one of my favorite fairy tales. It didn’t matter which way the story when or how I got my fix, all that mattered was that I could be a story about a love that transcends the physical. I always found it so mystifying an unreal that there was a love so true that someone could fall in love with a beast. With that said, it’s no wonder I was so excited to get the opportunity to read this story which is a retelling all that classic.
 
This isn’t your typical Beauty and the Beast, there is definitely a lot more going on and so much that you can’t even fathom. I found myself needing to turn the page, meeting to discover the mysteries hidden within the words. Unfortunately, what never occurred to me was that this might possibly end on a cliffhanger. Lucky for me it was not the kind of person that makes you want to rip out your hair, but I am really impatient and I do need to get my hands on book 2 of The Wylder Tales.
 
While reading this book I did have plenty of speculations and well some of them hands out the lot of them didn’t this book will literally keep you on your toes.
 

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Whatever you think you know, forget it, you are probably wrong. As I said earlier, there is so much going on within the pages of this book you won’t know what to expect but that is what makes this book so utterly amazing. It was so different. It took a classic fairy tale one that I absolutely adore and made it something more. It made it something new.

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About The Author author

 
Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of the Heaven’s Edge series, Stay and Silver Hollow.
 
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Ominous Tour: Order of the Seers Book 1 & 2 Review + Giveaway and Never Before Seen Content

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What would you do if you held 

infinite power in the palm of your hand?


The Ominous Tour
We asked the hosts:
If you had a super-power, what would it be?
 
December Dates
4 – Launch
Read peoples minds
to know when people are liars
super-fast healing! 😉
shape shifting >^.^<
reading minds
13 – The Real Deal
see into the future
If I could have any super power I’d pick Mind Reading 
because I would love to know what everyone really thinks about me C:
To know when someone is lying!
Hmmm stopping time? I’m not sure lol
something that would get dinner on the table automatically, 
but I’m not sure what kind of power that would be 🙂
20 – AUDIOBOOK of Order of the Seers RELEASED!
22 – Colorimetry
I want to fly!
The ability to be in two places at once or to jump places
25 – Merry Christmas Grand Finale!

 

Order of the Seers (Order of the Seers, #1)  

Order of The Seers
(Order of The Seers #1)

Cerece Rennie Murphy

Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Release Date: August 30, 2012
Publisher: Lionsky Publishing
ISBN: 978-0985621001
ASIN: B0094IM4U8
Pages: 260
Goodreads Rating:  3.88
My Rating: 4.5


 

Order of the Seers begins with the journey of Liam and Lilith Knight, a brother and sister who are hunted by The Guild, a ruthless world organization that seeks to capture and exploit Lilith s unique ability as a Seer to envision the future. Soon after they are forced to leave their home, Lilith and Liam discover that she is not alone. Other Seers like Lilith are routinely kidnapped and enslaved by the Guild for the purpose of consolidating wealth and power around the world… 


But from within the organization, Marcus Akida, a captured Seer with powerful visioning capabilities, quietly plots his daring escape with the help of a beautiful and tortured Seer named Alessandra. When the escaped Seers are drawn to the same remote commune in Iowa as Liam and Lilith, they each find a place where they can rebuild their lives and rediscover their passion for life and love. As the Guild’s efforts to find them intensifies, the Seers ban together with outlaws from the commune to fight back against the organization that threatens their lives – setting off a chain of events that will unleash the full power of the Seers and change everything we know about the true potential that lies dormant in each of us.


Read Chapter 1 of Order of the Seers HERE.
 
The Red Order (Order of the Seers, #2)

The Red Order

(Order of The Seers #2)

Cerece Rennie Murphy

Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Release Date: June 18, 2013
Publisher: Lionsky Publishing
 
ISBN: 978-0985621025
ASIN: B0094IM4U8
 
Pages: 244
Goodreads Rating:  4.18
My Rating: 5


 

The Quest to Control the Power of the Seers Continues…


After successfully destroying the Guild’s Purification Center in Chicago, The Lost Seers, led by Joel Akida and Lilli Knight, embark upon a world-wide mission to save their kind from the tyranny of the Guild and unveil their greatest weapon – The Restoration Project. Developed in secret, The Restoration Project has the potential to awaken the supernatural ability within every man, woman, and child on earth and bring down the very foundation of the Guild’s power and authority.

But the Guild has other plans. Driven by the necessity for control, Crane Le Dieu creates The Red Order, a new league of clairvoyants whose sole purpose is to hunt down and annihilate the Lost Seers. Without the Guild’s mind-controlling drugs, The Red Order is able to develop its gifts far beyond the capacity to
see the future, honing their skills to become the ultimate threat against the Lost Seers. But the question remains – will the power of The Red Order be enough to defeat them?

The Red Order continues the epic battle for freedom which began in Order of the Seers, revealing the secret motives behind an organization that exists to exploit and a renegade movement that seeks to usher in the next phase in human evolution.


Read Chapter 1-2 of The Red Order HERE.

 




 
Review on Book 1: Order of the Seers
 

Reading this book was a refreshing change on the supernatural world and characters with some sort of magical ability. I loved the connection between all the characters. The author wove a web so pristine it was easy to connect each character together, good or bad.

It was an epic tale of dominance, oppression and magic, with sizzling romance and deep rooted family ties.  How can you go wrong with a combination of all those things? I loved how bad the bad guys were, author Cerece Murphy didn’t hold any punches there, the villains were disgustingly bad and perfect in their roles as oppressors, and I loved how good the heroes were. It was easy to tell who was who. My only complaint on this book would be the POV jumps. While enjoy reading and being in the mind of my favorite characters, it was frustrating in the beginning of the story because they happen so abruptly, sometimes mid chapter with little to no warning. I had a bit of trouble getting my bearings.

But back to what I loved about this book and why it scored so well on my rating scale. I loved the author’s ability to forge an emotional connection between us the readers and her characters. But mostly I was just so drawn in with the sibling bond between Liam and Lilli and the family connection between ‘The Lost Seers’. It was so intoxicating that I found myself turning the page regardless of the POV jumps. 
 
4.5 Quills
 
 
Truthfully, the book was so well done that I almost forgot to take pen to paper a jot down my notes and review before rushing to read book 2. A lot of missed sleep on my part due to this story and it’s sequel. Great job Cerece Murphy, I for one am hooked on this series.
 
 
Review on Book 2: The Red Order

 
Once again, Ms. Murphy has done the unthinkable. What you thought you knew about the seers and their oppressors, is brought into question. With the passing of old characters you are introduced to new ones that burrow their way into your heart with their bravery.

I’ve always believed that the talent. The measure of a great author is the ability to make readers care about each character and this author did just that. I’m wracking my brain and trying to silence it, there are so many possibilities and I am anxious to get my hand one the next book in this series.

This time my only complaints come from the lack of Lilli and Joel. Last book you got everything and then some regarding Liam and Alessandra and you get a glimpse at the connection between Lilli and Joel but this time with the exceptions of a few scenes at the end, there really isn’t any development on their part. As for the POV jumps that confused and irked me in the last book, this one is a considerable cake walk. Once you get your mind wrapped around the writing style of this author, its easy to fall into the rhythm. But my next complaint it more to do with the title. It’s a bit misleading as there is not much written about ‘The Red Order’. They appear as a group only a handful of times and individually. I was expecting more interaction between them and ‘The Lost Seers’ but sadly there was not.
 
5 Quills
 
I would recommend this series whole heartedly. I can’t really compare it to anything else on my shelves because it’s entirely unique. It was a fully engrossing and enjoyable read with tons of emphasis on family, a load of mystery. With every answer you’re given, a new question pops up. With Christmas just around the corner I know what I want to be waiting for me under my Christmas tree. 
 


Order of the Seers ~ The Lost Letters 
(Never-Before-Seen NEW content from the author of Order of the Seers)







Cerece Rennie Murphy lives and writes just outside of her hometown of Washington, DC. In addition to completing the Order of the Seers trilogy, Ms. Murphy is also developing a children’s book series titled Enchanted: 5 Tales of Magic in the Everyday, and a 2-part science fiction series set in outer space.


 

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Shifting Fate(Descendants #2)

by Melissa Wright

YA/NA Paranormal Romance

Summary

According to prophecy, Brianna Drake was born to save the world. The trouble is, she doesn’t have the slightest idea how. Her visions should have given her the answer, but they’re beginning to shift, making the danger too unpredictable, even for a prophet.

If she can just help her sister restore their hidden powers, she might be able to stop what’s coming. But an old enemy returns, and he’s got plans for Brianna and her visions.

What neither of them knows is that fate has given a stranger one chance to find her. He was trained to protect the chosen—but if he fails, the future will crumble.

Shifting Fate is the second book in the Descendants Series (following Bound by Prophecy) and focuses on Brianna and Logan.

There is a teaser posted here and the first chapter posted here, but beware, it’s full of spoilers from the first book.

Purchase from Amazon. Will soon be release to to iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and most other eBook vendors.

Excerpt

I stayed there for a long while, staring at the dark marble countertop, the tiles inlaid with gold, until all of the voices quieted. When I finally came out, Brendan was waiting for me in the bedroom.

“I’m sorry about this,” he said, indicating the windowless walls around us. “As soon as the security updates are finished, we’ll be moving you to Council.” I could see the idea bothered him more than it should, and the rest of his explanation seemed to be more to convince himself than me. “It’s the best place for you. To keep you safe.”

I nodded.

“I had them bring up some lunch. It’s in the sitting room.”

My stomach turned. “Thanks. I’m not really hungry.”

He didn’t shift; he hadn’t taken his eyes off me at all. “If you’d like to sleep for a—”

“No,” I interrupted. “No, I’m not tired.” I was exhausted—my muscles ached, and my hands still shook—but I didn’t want to be alone.

He held out a hand. “Sit with me then?”

I walked past him toward the sitting room, and his hand fell to the small of my back. I could have sat in the reading chair, but I didn’t. Instead, I took the center of a small sofa where Brendan could settle beside me. His arm came around me, and I curled my legs up, letting him tuck my back against his side.

I shouldn’t have. I knew that. But Brendan cared about me, and it felt good to have someone there.

I stared at the wall across from us, a beautiful Wyeth painting centered over a narrow table. It was probably an original. And yet, I couldn’t bring myself to appreciate it. They had been attacking Council ever since Morgan was taken. We had thought it was in retaliation. We had thought they meant to rescue Morgan. But we were wrong … because they were after me.

I closed my eyes, trying to force a vision to come. It didn’t work that way, but I wanted so badly to finally have this over with, to save my sister and myself. To save everyone. I just needed a clue. One small indicator of how, of what I was searching for in Emily, of what to do.

Brendan’s hand slid down my arm, and I became suddenly aware I’d sunk into him. My elbow rested on his leg, my back against his chest. His cheek brushed my hair, and I went rigid.

“Brianna,” he started, and I was on my feet, nowhere to go but the table across from us.

I could almost feel his presence behind me. I picked up a vase, examining the etched glass, and internally cringed. Nice, Brianna, run over to look at glass.

“Brianna,” he said again, and the hurt in his tone was clear. I had to say something. Do something.

I turned to face him. “I’m sorry.” He was too close. I sat the vase back on the table, stepped one leg behind me. Two would have been too much. Two would have injured him more. I looked into his eyes, so dark they were nearly black, and said, “I like you, Brendan. I do.” Before I could finish, before I could add, “but …” his phone rang.

He answered it. In the middle of our conversation.

After a brief exchange, he slid the cell phone back into his pocket. His gaze found me. “I’m sorry, Brianna, but I have to take care of something.” He glanced at his watch. “I hate to leave you alone, but Aern will be here shortly. There are two men at the door, and the alarms are always on.” He reached up to touch my shoulder. “We will talk soon.”

And then he smiled, clearly only taking the “I like you” from our conversation, before walking out the door.

I stared at it for several minutes, open as it was, before finally falling onto the couch and throwing an arm over my eyes.

I had bigger problems, I knew, so I started populating a list in my head for when Aern arrived. I would do everything I could to resolve our issue. I had a lot of work to do before I could figure out where to start.

~Melissa Wright. Shifting Fate (from Chapter 2, Kindle Locations 204-245).

Bound by Prophecy(Descendants #1)

by Melissa Wright

YA/NA Paranormal Romance

April 15th 2013

Summary

Twenty-two-year-old Aern is done watching his brother destroy the only thing that matters. He never wanted to take Morgan’s place among council, never wanted to rule their hidden world. But when the key to the prophecy is found, a young girl named Brianna whom Morgan will destroy, Aern knows he has to take action.

What he really wants, is for things to go back to normal. But now he’s kidnapped a girl, and his brother’s men are after him. His only hope is to join with the Division, but they have plans of their own, and it’s the last thing Aern is willing to do.

Emily just wants her sister back. She doesn’t care about the prophecy, or realize what’s at stake. But when she goes after Aern, the truth of the matter uncoils, and Brianna isn’t the only one who’s in danger.

Suddenly, they’re at the center of a secret war, and unless they can work together, they’ll both have a sacrifice too big to make.

You can read an excerpt of Bound by Prophecy here.

Purchase ebook for FREE on Nook and Kindle. Can also purchase from the Book Depository, and in audio at Amazon, iTunes, and Audible.com.

About the Author

Melissa Wright is the author of the Frey Saga and the new Descendants series. Melissa spends her time working on novels, but when not writing she can be found on Goodreads and Pinterest.

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