Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Reign of Shadows
By Sophie Jordan
YA Fantasy
4.5 Star Review

Goodreads Summary:
Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadows is Sophie Jordan at her best.
Gabrielle's Review:
            Seventeen years into a dark eclipse lived a girl who was supposed to be dead. Dark dwellers swarmed the ground twenty three hours of the day. There was only one hour of "light". It was the only time you could safely go outside and not be torn to pieces.
            Luna, a lost girl trapped inside a tower, meets Fowler, someone who is just as lost but in a different way. Luna was raised by her mother's nurse and one of her father's guards in the cursed woods. Fowler's past throughout most of the book was a mystery. A few hints were peppered into the story and when his past was revealed, it was an "AH HA!" moment, where it all clicked.
            No one dared to enter the woods but Fowler and a couple companions. Fowler, after losing the love of his life, was on the run for at least a year before he bumped into Luna. One of them was hurt in a trap Luna's "parents" set and when he howled out in pain, the dark dwellers heard and set their sights on them. Luna saved them but that caused the girl of the group to still die.
            Fowler and Luna make it to a city in trees but their safety there is limited. The king is paying people to kill girls around her age and when Luna finds out, she wants to go turn herself in. The end of this book ends on a HUGE HUGE HUGE cliffhanger, which kind of leaves a bitter taste in my mouth but it wasn't enough to ruin the whole story because I loved it.
            The light in Luna kept the dark times bright. As she spent more time with Fowler, she gave him more hope than he thought he could allow himself to have. Their romance was uniquely them. At first, he resented her, because he didn't allow himself to like anyone, but slowly, he began to fall for her. He didn't give himself permission to but it was impossible to stop it. Their love burned bright enough to keep away the darkness in themselves.
            The best thing about their relationship? Definitely the fact that even though Fowler was a sexy, strong man who could protect her BUT she didn't need him for that. She was strong and independent (even though her parents kept her secluded). She even protected him when he needed her to. I think that Luna was a great role model for teen girls because of that fact. Some stories make girls the "damsel in distress" but not Sophie Jordan. This is a story to remember.
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About Sophie Jordan:
Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Almost Midnight Is OUT

Almost Midnight: Book of Shadow Falls Novellas
By: C.C Hunter
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Almost Midnight contains all of C.C Hunter's novellas, previously only available as e-books. That means Turned at Dark, Saved at Sunrise, Unbreakable and Spellbinder are all in Almost Midnight. And the wonderful news is that she wrote an all new novella just for Almost Midnight, called Fierce.
         A vampire and a werewolf who never fit in. A witch whose spells don't always work as planned. And a mysterious new guy who's hiding something. Together they will discover who they're meant to be...
        Hidden from the human world, Shadow Falls is a secret camp for teens with supernatural powers. But for four very different teens, it's much more than just a camp-it's where their destinies will unfold.
        Independent and strong-willed Della Tsang didn't believe in vampires...until she became one. Chase Tallman is the newest member of Shadow Falls, but what made him into the sexy, mysterious vampire he is today? And what led him to Della Tsang? For Miranda Kane, magic has always been something she's struggled with-until she finally has a chance to prove herself a witch to be reckoned with. And for Fredericka Lakota, the one guy who challenges her the most will lead her to the life she's always wanted.
         C. C. Hunter's New York Times bestselling Shadow Falls series captured hearts all over the world. Now available in print for the first time, these enchanting novellas will reveal a side of the camp that you've never seen before...and live in your heart forever.
Fans won't want to miss these four remarkable stories of love, magic and friendship in Almost Midnight.

C.C Hunter's Events:
      February 6th, I’ll be at Murder By The Book, 2342 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005, at 1:00 PM.
  • February 19th, I’ll be at Tuloso-Midway High School in Corpus Christi, TX.
  • February 20th, the Teen Bookfest by the Bay, 9:00-4:30 at Tuloso-Midway High School, Corpus Christi, TX.  
  • February 24th, I’ll be visiting the Apache Middle School and Apache High School in Apache, OK.
  • February 25th, I’ll be at the Full Circle Bookstore, 50 Penn Place, 1900 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK at 6:30 PM.
  • April 9th, Lone Star Book Festival, Center for Civic Engagement, PAC 113G, 20000 Kingwood Dr., Kingwood, TX.
  • April 11, Signing event in Gadsden Al. at Gadsden Public Library
  • April 13th, Alabama Library Association, Gadsden Al.
  • April 14-16th, RT Conference in Las Vegas, NV.
  • April 28th, I’ll be at Schuler Books with Colleen Gleason in Grand Rapids, MI.
  • April 28-30th, I’ll be the Guest Speaker at a retreat in Shelbyville, MI.
  • July 13-16th, RWA’s Annual Conference in San Diego, CA.

  • About C.C Hunter:
            C.C. Hunter grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of Alabama bullfrogs, from her brothers. Today, she's still fascinated with lightning bugs, mostly wears shoes, but has turned her focus to rescuing mammals. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog, and a prince of a husband, who for the record, is so not a frog. When she's not writing, she's reading, spending time with her family, or is shooting things-with a camera, not a gun.
            C.C. Hunter is a pseudonym. Her real name is Christie Craig and she also writes humorous romantic suspense romance novels for Grand Central.