Young Adults Fantasy

The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse Review

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Audrey Greathouse

Genre: YA Fantasy/Fairytale Retelling

Release Date: May 9, 2016
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

ISBN: 978-1634221719
ASIN: B01BPVZPB6

Pages: 302
Goodreads Rating: 3.48
My Rating: 4.5

Book Description:

Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids,  help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That’s what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.

 

However, Gwen doesn’t know this. She’s just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn’t know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she’ll discover she’s in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.

 

She’ll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won’t be the only one. Peter Pan’s constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she’s going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she’s going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30120253-the-neverland-wars

 

My Take on the Book:

 

When it comes to my sister and I, we couldn’t be more different. The same could be said about Rosemary and Gwen, the 2 sisters in this book. My sister is “dead inside” – her words not mine lol – and I am a bleeding heart. But even with our differences,there are some similarities and a connection you can only find with siblings. We annoyingly finish each other’s sentences or blurt out the same sarcastic thoughts. It’s a bond that comes for a lifetime of each other’s influence.
 
So being the bleeding heart that I am, I am not ashamed to admit that I did my fair share of sniffling in this book. It’s not a sad tale at all. At least not as far as I  can tell but there are some inevitable moments where adulthood and reality rush in and damage the beauty and innocence of being a child. To me that was the most profound message in this book. But like many would say… no one in the world reads the same book, so it is likely that no one else will see what I see when I’m taken on this marvelous journey.
 
It was an extremely well written book and the beginning of what I can only assume is a new and unique series. I loved every minute of this book; and let me be clear, I devoured this book in what felt like minutes. There was strong character development, imagery, scenery.laughter and sadness and even a bit of envy while reading this book… in my opinion all the things that make a book more than just good, but great.
 
My only real complaint was the open ended final chapter. If this is indeed the beginning of a series, it’s a good way to gather more readers since you are literally left thinking ‘what the heck just happened’.

 

 
4.5 Quills

 

It’s interesting because other than some internal conflict and the mention of a war and a few moments that reflect that war, there was really no conflict. No clear “villain”and no clear “resolution” and yet I love this book. It’s odd because that’s nothing at all like me. I usually need a clear beginning, middle and end with all the fixings, and while the story itself was easy to follow it almost came off as a steady stream of information. With the book being called the Neverland Wars, I kind of expected a bit more conflict. But regardless it was an enjoyable read that likes to poke at emotions.

 

About The Author

 

Audrey Greathouse is a Seattle-based author of science-fiction and fantasy. Raised in the suburbs, she became a writer after being introduced to NaNoWriMo during her sophomore year of high school. Since then, she has drafted more than a dozen books, 100 sonnets, and 800 other poems, and a handful of short stories and one-act plays. 

After dropping out of her university and beginning training as a circus performer on the aerial silks, she returned to school to study at Southern New Hampshire University College of Online and Continuing Education to earn her B.A. in English Language and Literature, with a minor in Computer Information Technologies. 

Audrey Greathouse is a die-hard punk cabaret fan, and pianist of fourteen years. She’s usually somewhere along the west coast, and she is always writing.

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Forbidden Forest Review + #Giveaway (Interview Coming Soon)

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Forbidden Forest

The Legends of Regia

Tenaya Jayne


Genre: Young Adults Romantic Fantasy
Release Date: December 29, 2012
Publisher: Cold Fire Publishing LLC

ISBN: 978-0988275716
ASIN: B009JVTLA6

Pages: 264
Word Count: 77,000
Cover Artist: Erika Doucesse

Goodreads Rating: 3.97
My Rating: 4.0

Book Description:


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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My Take on The Book:

 

Wow
That was awesome . At first I was 100 percent sure how that story has characters very strong from the beginning and the story seems to thrust you into a world that already has so much going on . Luckily, the story finds a seamless way to introduce you to past events and what makes all these characters tick.

 

I really enjoyed the new world and all the inner workings of their ‘hierarchy’. The characters are not the kind you can ignore and I couldn’t help but love them. I do admit though that there were plenty of times that said characters pissed me off… they were extremely stubborn after all but for the most part I found them to be really enjoyable and I liked the unconventional romance. I also really liked how different the supernatural beings are in this book.

4 Quills

 

I look forward to reading book 2 ‘Forest Fire’ because this definitely ended with a cliff hanger! But I think this is a solid read that most of you are going to enjoy 🙂
 

About The Author

                     
Nationally Bestselling author Tenaya Jayne has always walked a shaky line between reality and fantasy. A nomad by nature, she’s lived all over the US, and now resides happily in the Midwest, with her husband and sons. She’s an advocate for Autism awareness and women trapped in abusive relationships, and feels everyone has too much pain to not enjoy an escape into a fictional fantasy world.

 

Her passions include reading, independent and foreign films, cooking, and moody music. For more about Tenaya and her books, visit her website.

 

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The Fading Dusk by Melissa Giorgio Book Review + #Giveaway

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The Fading Dusk

Smoke & Mirrors

Book # 1

Melissa Giorgio

 

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: July 19, 2015

ISBN: 978-1515150589
ASIN: B0125KV45W

E-book Pages: 257
Paperback Pages: 408

Goodreads Rating: 3.88
My Rating: 4.5

 

Book Description:

 

In the gritty city of Dusk, seventeen-year-old Irina makes her living as the street magician Bantheir’s assistant. The job isn’t glamorous, but she loves the crowds, the shows, and most of all, the illusion of magic. But Irina’s world is shattered the night she is arrested and charged as Bantheir’s accomplice to murder—murder by magic.
 

Real magic, the kind that’s been forbidden since the old wars.
 

Irina finds the idea of flashy showman Bantheir using actual magic to kill someone laughable, but she’s the only one who sees how ridiculous the claim is. But how can she convince everyone Bantheir is innocent when they’ve already made up their minds? Desperate, Irina must decide who she can trust to help her win her freedom. Is the surly, handsome Captain Leonid telling the truth when he says he believes Irina is innocent, or is he just using her to get to Bantheir? What about Aden, the sweet soldier and longtime fan of Irina’s who claims he’s on her side?
 

Irina said she wanted to know the truth, but when she stumbles across a dark secret that changes everything, will she be strong enough to survive?

 

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My Take:

 

Wow, just wow.
 

When I first started reading this book I was interested but not hundred percent invested. But it didn’t take long for me to follow love with this story and the characters or to be sucked in by the mystery or the setting. Once I reached chapter 4 I was I was not able to put the book down.
 

I really love it when I’m able to imagine everything in a book, the world the characters are living in. But what I find even more special is when the author has the ability to make you care about characters and have you fully invested well-being and what is going to happen to them. This book has all that and more. You got a strong heroine who is so kindhearted and good that it occasionally becomes irksome… But I promise that’s a good thing. Irina is a great and loyal character with a neck of a lot of spunk and perfectly matched with the characters surrounding her.
 

The whole premise of this book focuses on murder and forbidden magic with some romances thrown in to spice things up a little bit more. And I loved every gosh darn second of it!
 

Forewarning, there IS a bit of a love triangle but it’s over so quickly, I was able to get passed it without feeling frustrated or annoyed. So, if I can get through it, and you all know how much I bitch and moan about love triangles and predictability, then you can rest assured that it does not dominate or mar the pages of this amazingly written book.
 

Speaking of romance, Irina’s love interest is perfectly suited for her and has clawed his way to the top of my book boyfriend list with his swoon worthy description and heroic actions.

 

4.5 Quills

 

I’m really looking forward to reading the next installment and learning more about this world and what consequences our heroes will face!

 

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About The Author Melissa

 

Melissa Giorgio is a native New Yorker who graduated from Queens College with a degree in English. She’s always dreamed of being a writer and has been creating stories (mostly in her head) since she was a little girl. Also an avid reader, Melissa loves to devour thick YA novels. When not reading or writing, she enjoys watching animated films, listening to music by her favorite Japanese boy band, or exploring Manhattan. She is also the author of the Silver Moon Saga.

Author links:

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The Cobbogoth Series Review + #Giveaway!

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Uncovering Cobbogoth

Cobbogoth Series

Book #1

Hannah L. Clark

Genre: Young Adult Romantic Fantasy
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media

ISBN: 978-1462114269
ASIN: B00KBYQ4IM
Pages: 320

Goodreads Rating: 4.15
My Rating: 5.0

Book Description:

 

Norah Lukens needs to uncover the truth about the fabled lost city of Cobbogoth. After her archaeologist uncle’s murder, Norah is asked to translate his old research journal for evidence and discovers that his murder was a cover-up for something far more sinister.

When she turns to neighbor and only friend James Riley for help, she realizes that not only is their bitter-sweet past haunting her every step, but James is keeping dangerous secrets. Can Norah discover what they are before it’s too late to share her own.

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My Take:

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That was both beautiful and magical. Beautifully magical? Magically beautiful? I don’t know which would be the better statement, but regardless that is the best description I can give this book.

 

In this book you’re introduced to the characters that will draw you in and make you feel something for them. It’s almost hypnotizing to read the story. The details are so crisp and clear you’re able to envision everything that’s being told, and I for one found that I almost couldn’t bear to put the book down.

 

When I first saw this book up for review, I was slightly intrigued but I didn’t have an opening during the month of the tour so I had to pass up on reading it. Luckily, a month or so later, I got another tour invite for book two in this series and they were offering book one for those who hadn’t read it. So of course I jumped right onto that bandwagon, and I’m really glad I did. I’m always looking for a new series to fall into. Something. You make me love the characters as much if not more then characters I grew up reading. I genuinely feel like this series has that potential.

 

The characters in this book are so realistic, the way they handle certain situations the way they feel and act, feel real. Sure there is a lot of other worldliness in this story but the core aspects are what I’m talking about. I loved Norah, she’s the kind of character you hope to read about when you come across a story with a female heroine. She makes her mistakes, but she owns them. She’s not someone that is compliant, she’s very much her own person and I love that. It’s so easy to read about Norah and James and Lylend; and it’s even easier to care about them.

 

The romance in this book, is breathtaking. I found it to be probably one of the most beautiful love stories I have read, not because of the sweeping gestures or the abundant love scenes, because that isn’t in this book. You just have these two characters that are so beautifully woven together but you can’t help but root for them. It’s just lovely. And even though it’s very important its not overbearing, you are still going to get a full story that really has nothing to do with the romance. And that to me is one of the best treats as a reader and the hardest feats for an author to pull off.

 

5 Quills

The Lemorian Crest

Cobbogoth Series

Book #2

Hannah L. Clark

Genre: Young Adult Romantic Fantasy
Release Date: August 23, 2015
Publisher: KinStone Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 978-1514655276
ASIN: B014RVEB20

Pages: 436
Book Cover Design: Seedlings Design Studio

Goodreads Rating: 4.40
My Rating: 5.0

Book Description:


After being raised from infancy in Boston, Mass., Noria (a.k.a Norah Lukens) has no idea what to expect upon entering New Cobbogoth, where she never would have guessed that paths of light can make you vanish; doors can lead to realms both near and far; myths and legends are actual history; a mere kiss can seal two souls as one; and, of course, a stone is never “just a stone.” Her Uncle Jack’s stories never could have prepared her for the magical and dangerous place her native realm is turning out to be.

When the Gihara’s promises begin to crumble, her best friend and soul-mate Jamus (a.k.a. James Riley) is in more danger than ever. Then when his father Lylend abandons her to search for an ancient relic called The Lemorian Crest and she is taken captive by the very people she’s risked everything to save, Noria begins to lose faith in the Cobbogothian gods and the mission they sent her home to accomplish.

Only when a series of new friendships and loyalties are forged in the most peculiar of places, does Noria dare hope again. Hope for Jamus’ safety, for their future together, and for the survival of the entire Cobbogothian race.

 

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 My Take:

I’m not sure how it is at all possible that this book is better than part 1, but it is. Once again I am in awe of the author’s ability to make me fall in love with a story and the characters involved. I had really high expectations for this book especially coming right off my high from book 1, but this threw those expectations right out of the water. It’s everything you would hope for from a sequel and so much more.
 

I was so happy to see the growth of these characters and witness and their transformations. This is truly a spectacular story. If I’m honest though, I was slightly worried that this book may fall flat. I was scared that while book one was an amazing high, that the author wouldn’t be able to follow through. I was scared that there would be too many inconsistencies and the story wouldn’t progress but all it did was pull me in. I’m definitely hooked on the series, I think the author is absolutely amazing, I am obsessed with these characters, and I cannot wait for book 3. I definitely need to know where the story is going to go, I need the resolution almost as much as Norah/Noria does!

 

5 Quills

About The Author

Hannah L. Clark lives with her husband and two children in the Rocky Mountains. She has always known she would be a storyteller. In 2006 she graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in English and immediately began writing her first novel.

Uncovering Cobbogoth was Clark’s first book in the seven book Cobbogoth series—a YA fantasy series based on her mythological brain-child, The Legend of the Cobbogothians. It was released in May 2014 through Cedar Fort Publishing. Book 2 in the series, The Lemorian Crest will be released in Summer 2015.

Clark loves running, mythology, singing while playing the guitar, herbal tea, escaping into imaginary worlds, and being with her peeps. Like her heroine Norah, she also kind of believes that trees might have souls, but must clarify that she has never hugged a tree. The closest she has ever come to that kind of bizarre behavior was the time she hugged the pillars outside Harry Potter Land. Which, all things considered, is not bizarre at all if one takes into account how exquisitely happy she was to finally be there.

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The Looking Glass Review + #Giveaway

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The Looking Glass

Jessica Arnold


Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books


ISBN: 9781939765901
ASIN: B00HXZN0TS


Pages: 325
Goodreads Rating: 4.75
My Rating: 4.5

 

Book Description:


Find the diary, break the curse, step through The Looking Glass!


Fifteen-year-old Alice Montgomery wakes up in the lobby of the B&B where she has been vacationing with her family to a startling discovery: no one can see or hear her. The cheap desk lights have been replaced with gas lamps and the linoleum floor with hardwood and rich Oriental carpeting. Someone has replaced the artwork with eerie paintings of Elizabeth Blackwell, the insane actress and rumored witch who killed herself at the hotel in the 1880s. Alice watches from behind the looking glass where she is haunted by Elizabeth Blackwell. Trapped in the 19th-century version of the hotel, Alice must figure out a way to break Elizabeth’s curse—with the help of Elizabeth’s old diary and Tony, the son of a ghost hunter who is investigating the haunted B&B—before she becomes the inn’s next victim.

 

 

 

My Take On The Book:


This was a really interesting book. I find it funny, that I inadvertently picked a group of books to read and review, around the same time mind you, that all have similar topics… Death and the afterlife.


In this book you meet what your mislead into believing is a completely boring girl but you couldn’t be more wrong if you tried. Alice is a young girl struggling with insecurities many of us have faced but she definitely has a one up on us…she is trapped in a sort of limbo, neither dead nor alive. Her only way out is to break a curse or die within a week.


Its great tale, woven with all the aspects one might look for in a novel like this. You have a slew of endearing characters, frightening characters and of course, there is some romance. It is not a sweeping or all-consuming romance that burns; it’s more like an innocent first love kinda of romance. The romance is so sweet you might find yourself with a toothache 😉

 

4.5 Quills


This is the first I’ve heard of this author but based on the writing in this book, I look  forward to reading more. I loved this story and the characters that were introduced. It was dark but not so dark that you might find yourself having nightmares lol. If I had to compare this book with another like it I’m not sure I’d be able to come up with a title. The closest in terms of darkness and being trapped would be ‘Untethered’ and ‘A Stranger with My Face’; but mind you, this book has nothing to do with astral projection. Give it a read and decide for yourself.

 

 

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About The Author  


Jessica Arnold writes YA, codes ebooks, and is currently a graduate student in publishing at Emerson College in Boston. She spends most of her time in class or work or slogging through the homework swamp. If she has a spare moment, she’s always up for a round of Boggle. Given the opportunity, Jessica will pontificate at length on the virtues of the serial comma, when and where to use an en dash, and why the semicolon is the best punctuation mark pretty much ever.


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A Review on Gateway by Christina Garner

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Gateway
(Gateway Trilogy #1)
Christina Garner

Genre: YA Science Fiction/Fantasy
Release Date: May 17, 2011
ASIN: B0051UBSLE
Pages: 185

Goodreads Rating:  3.63
My Rating: 5

Book Description:

Everybody has their demons. Some are just a little more real than others…

Ember has always known she doesn’t belong in this world. But when she tries to correct the mistake, she wakes to find herself in a mental institution.

She’s soon drawn to Taren, the mysterious boy with hazel eyes. He’s not what he seems, but what is he?

When chaos erupts, they are forced to flee the institution together, and the secret that Taren has been keeping brings Ember closer to understanding her own. And leads her to… the Gateway.

My Take On The Book:

After reading the synopsis of the book I went into what my friends would call a book obsession in overdrive. I just knew I had to read it. The premise was right up my alley and I couldn’t get this book out of my head. It was haunting me. The cover though minimalistic was right on point with the story. And once I started I couldn’t really stop. It took me a couple of hours but truthfully I think it only took so long because I was forced to stop 3 times, once to sleep, the next to eat and the last because I had errands to run and you can’t very well read while driving a car. I’ll admit the. Chapter lengths threw me for a loop in the beginning as the first 3 were relatively short but understandably so. It was at chapter 5 when I realized they had lengthen dramatically. But I kinda liked it that about the story.

The Great (Pros):

  • Ember. There is just something about this girl that makes you care. She’s strong even if she herself doesn’t know it and it’s refreshing. Too many times you have a strong female character that just oozes self-esteem and that can make it too hard for a reader to connect with the character. Ember was nothing like that, she had limitations and while she felt inadequate quite often it wasn’t done in a whiny way. She just pushed herself to be better.
  • Taren. Right off the bat I loved his character. He was shrouded in mystery and you really don’t know where he stands but I’m a sucker for those kinds of leading me. He had his moments, or rather I had moments where he made me angry but I always held out hope. His chemistry with Ember was tangible and sweet. And his caring for Callie usury proved how multidimensional he really was.
  • Kat. What’s not too love about her. She’s snarky, caring, tough as nails and loyal. She’s understanding to Ember’s situation, a real friend to Taren but from what I see, it doesn’t get in the way of her ability to do her job. Plus she’s a lesbian which is way cool because I haven’t read many books with gay female characters as they all tend to be gay males.
  • Callie. So cute and innocent. And downright frightening. I really liked reading the scenes with her.
  • Demons, daemons and the gateway. I loved the history and thought put into this book. The difference between demon and daemon is chilling and the gateway was crafted so perfectly I was able to envision it all with crystal clarity.
  • Guardians and Keepers. While these terms have been used before and will probably continue to be used in paranormal books, I liked the variation in this story. It just serves as further proof at the attention this author gave the story while writing it.

The Not So Great (Cons):

There aren’t many to speak of. The story was left open ended but not a cliffhanger. The characters were well developed but we didn’t get too much backstory which is fine. There were some passages that I had to reread because the wording felt a bit odd but that was the only flaw I could find in my eyes. I can honestly say there aren’t any characters that I disliked.

5 stars

This way a solid read. Something I would happily recommend to readers. It had romance but nothing too severe to stifle the progression of the storyline. It had genuinely unique ideas which is hard to come by when dealing with paranormal books especially those with demons. I really enjoyed it and look forward to the next instalments! Keep your eyes peeled for my review on the next book 🙂 if you read Undertow, Scars of the Bifrost or Dark Souls after my review or you’ve read The Revealers by Amanda Marrone then this book is right up your alley. You can purchase this book via amazon or B&N for 2.99. I suggest you also take the time to sign up for the author’s newsletter for info on this series.

 

Author Bio 

Christina Garner began writing stories at the age of six. At eighteen, her aspirations as an actor had her loading up her Buick and setting off for Hollywood. Since then she has written and directed 10 short films, including Rewind and Reminder, both of which received acclaim on the festival circuit. In 2007 she was hired to write her first feature film. May of 2011, her debut novel, Gateway became an Amazon Bestseller, followed by Chasm, Book 2 in The Gateway Trilogy. Look for Tether in late 2013.

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Morrigan

Laura DeLuca

Genre: Young Adults Fantasy
Release Date: 11/08/12
Publisher: Pagan Writers Press
ISBN: 978-1938397356
Print Length: 320 pages



Synopsis:

Shuffled from place to place in the foster system, Morrigan doesn’t know the meaning of home. Plus, she is different. She has power over fire, the ability to move objects with her mind, and glimpse into the future. Just when she believes her life can’t get any stranger, she discovers her true identity.

Filtiarn, a knight with a dark past and a surprising secret, has been tasked with guiding the heir of Tír na NÓg through countless perils to be returned to her family. Once Morrigan has been reunited with her mother and grandmother, their triad can save the forgotten land of magic from being devoured by an ancient evil.

 
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 “Guardians!” A low snarl emanated from the back of his throat. “What are you doing with Guardians?”“Stop it! Sit down!”Morrigan wasn’t sure who she was addressing, the man or the animals. Luckily, they both obeyed her command. She stepped in between them to avoid any further confrontations. The cats took a seat on either side her legs, but their posture hardly relaxed. They still glared warily at the newcomer, even though their hisses died down to an occasional soft growl.

“Dirty, filthy beasts!” Tiarn snarled as he climbed to his feet. “I hate Guardians.”

“They’re just little cats,” Morrigan told him. “What’s the big deal?”

“Just cats! Hah!” He was standing at a careful distance, even though they had started licking their paws nonchalantly. “They are much more than simple cats! Though even those I find distasteful.”

Morrigan narrowed her eyes. “What do you mean?”

“Never mind. It does not matter.” Tiarn dismissed her question with a wave of his hand. “They are not coming with us.

“They most certainly are coming!”

Tiarn growled again. “I beg to differ with you, Your Highness. They would only get in the way.  Possibly even get killed.”

Danu raised her head from her grooming to hiss at him again, as though she had taken that last statement as a personal threat. The strange reaction of her faithful sidekicks made Morrigan wonder again just how much Tiarn could be trusted. She also wondered why, when she wasn’t sure she could trust him, she still felt the undeniable urge to wrap her arms around his neck and kiss him.

“If they stay here alone, they’ll definitely get killed or at least sent to the pound,” Morrigan told him. “I can’t let that happen. So, they’re coming. End of story.”

Tiarn’s eyes flashed dangerously, and he looked like he wanted to argue, but thought better of it. “Very well, Princess. Bring your mongrel felines. Just keep in mind that Guardians and lycans do not mix well.”

“Lycans?” Morrigan repeated.

A sick feeling started to settle in her stomach, as the truth of his words sunk in. It all started to make sense—his hairy arms and chest, his reaction to the cats, even his earlier comment about smelling her out. Her dark knight had a much darker side than she had ever seen in her dreams.

“Why yes, Your Majesty. Did you not realize? You are a witch and a sorceress. And I, your faithful traveling companion, am a lycan—a werewolf.”

About the Author

 

Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and three children. She has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. Old high school friends would tell you she was always scratching in her notebook instead of paying attention in class and the children she used to babysit for always loved to hear her scary stories at bedtime. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the sole author of a popular review blog called New Ag
e Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years.

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