Starlight Saga Playlist – #StarlightSaga

Today best-selling author Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us. She has recently published the next book in her popular Starlight Saga series, a humorous paranormal romance with a Sci-Fi concept. Sherry is doing this fun guest post to share the book love with fellow readers.

Be warned, these books have scorching-hot romance!

When Romeo and Juliet Go Intergalactic!

STARLIGHT SAGA SONG LIST

Some of the most ambiguous lyrics take on new meaning when you’re writing a book, even correlating to some of the scenes or giving insight into Hayden and Sloane’s romantic relationship. Sherry has put together just a few of the awesome songs—a collection of her character’s electric tastes in music—mentioned throughout this epic new series in this post. Enjoy!

Still Into You” by Paramore

Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons

Boom Boom Pow” by Black Eyed Peas

Titanium” song by Sia

I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” by My Chemical Romance

Stay” song by Thirty Seconds to Mars

Counting Stars” by OneRepublic

Sugar, We’re Going Down” by Fall Out Boy

Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perri

Cello Sonata, L 135” by Debussy

I hope you enjoyed this post. Now go feed your mind and read a book!
Preferably one of mine! hehe

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Soule/e/B0104Y33KK

Amazon Starlight Saga books:  https://www.amazon.com/Starlight-Saga-2-Book-Series/dp/B01IVV4VS6/

Series blog:  http://frightnightbabble.blogspot.com

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/series/129295-starlight-saga

Places you can cyberstalk Sherry Soule:

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Soule/e/B0104Y33KK

Official Author Blog:  http://sherrysoule.blogspot.com/

Twitter – @SherrySoule:  http://twitter.com/sherrysoule

Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/author/show/4925996.Sherry_Soule

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSherrySoule

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Sarah by Teri Polen

 

I bought this book (mobi format).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Seventeen-year-old horror fan Cain Shannon thought helping a ghost find her killers would be the supernatural adventure of a lifetime. Now, he just hopes to survive long enough to protect his family and friends from her.

A bet between friends goes horribly wrong, resulting in Sarah’s death. When she returns to seek justice against those responsible, Cain agrees to help her. But when he discovers Sarah has been hijacking his body, he realizes she wants retribution instead of justice.

Terrified of what could have happened when he wasn’t in control, Cain commands Sarah to leave his house – but exorcising her isn’t that easy. She retaliates against her murderers in bloody, horrific ways, each death making her stronger, then sets her sights on Cain. With the help of friends, Cain fights to save himself and his loved ones and searches for a way to stop Sarah before she kills again.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Horror
Books > Teens > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Horror
Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction
Series: n.a.
Length: 203 pages
Release date: 2016-12-07

 

Teaser


My heart was pounding and deep within my gut I knew what I’d just experienced wasn’t a dream. Still looking around the room for Eby, my gaze fell on the attic door. The chair that had been wedged beneath the knob was now turned over on its side, the door wide open, revealing the heavy, threatening darkness behind it.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to 17-year-old Cain Shannon. He and his family had to move to a smaller house, he cares for his younger sister and his cat, is on the soccer team, does not have the heart to break up with his trying girlfriend. Luckily he has his friend Finn to support him in hard times.

With Sarah, Teri Polen has created a remarkable and thrilling horror story for young adults, centred on a boy who suddenly has to face Sarah – a ghost. It is a compelling read, drawing you close to Cain, his family – including Eby the cat, his best friend Finn, Erin, and to Lindsey. Teri Polen expertly combines the horror and young adult genres; I had the feeling of being an invisible and close ally. Cain is complex and likeable, so is Finn; Sarah is complex – obviously less likeable. The other characters are of sufficient depth (according to their relevance). The story comprises realistic characters in a “normal” environment with interesting turns and nicely fitting surprises; it has a great flow. Sarah’s story disturbing; Cain and Finn need to solve the mystery about Sarah’s demise, find out if she is telling the truth.

This is a book for you if you like well written and compelling young adult horror stories with a touch of mystery, if you like getting close to likeable and believable characters.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳

 

About the author:

Teri Polen reads and watches horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. The Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and anything Marvel-related are likely to cause fangirl delirium. She lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband, sons, and black cat.

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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Sarah?  Or – if you did not yet read Sarah – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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No Quarter (The Ambeth Chronicles, #2) by Helen Jones

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The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

‘Alma, even I do not know what he is capable of…’

Things couldn’t be better for Alma. She’s returned the lost Sword to Ambeth and is finally with Deryck, Prince of the Dark. But what’s really going on? Deryck is struggling with his father, who wants to control Alma, while Alma is struggling with her best friend Caleb, who doesn’t trust Deryck one inch. Plus it’s getting harder and harder to keep up with her life in the human world. Falling in love shouldn’t be this difficult. But things are about to get much worse…

Quests and friendship all fall by the wayside when there’s romance to be had. Plus, spending time with handsome Deryck is much more appealing than with an increasingly angry Caleb. The Light are always on about making choices, so they shouldn’t have a problem with her choosing to be with Deryck. Besides, he’ll protect her from his father – won’t he?

Genre(s): Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
Series: The Ambeth Chronicles, #2
Length: 334 pages
Release date: 2015-09-24

Teaser


‘I guess it’s time to go,’ she said, pulling Deryck’s handkerchief from where it was twisted around her bracelet. Her bracelet stone was burning hot, as it always was in the presence of the Dark and she gasped as it touched her skin. She went to give the handkerchief back, but Deryck stepped away.

‘Keep it,’ he said, blowing her a kiss. ‘You will need it to protect you tomorrow. Until then, farewell, lovely Alma.’


My Opinion

This book finds Alma – fallen in love with Deryck, the prince of the Dark.

With No Quarter, Helen Jones continues the wonderful Ambeth Chronicles. It is an enjoyable and compelling read, despite strongly focussing on Alma’s teenage love and behaviour. Haven’t we all lived through this phase of being in love, blind to see, deaf to good advice? Alma did neither listen to her mother, friend, allies – nor to me, always hoping she would come to her senses; teenagers in love can be exhausting – the author created a very authentic character! [I cannot tell you more – you need to find out for yourselves.] Helen Jones paints a clear picture of Alma’s mind while the story evolves. I was drawn very close to Alma and her story – an invisible friend and ally. The characters are complex, believable with their flaws and virtues. The story is nicely woven and has a wonderful flow; it was easy to get hooked. I am looking forward to reading the next book.

This is a book for you if you like young adult fantasy, urban fantasy, believable and often very likeable characters.

The second book in The Ambeth Chronicles series; the last chapters let me expect a promising third book!

Recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast, steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳
Sexual content 😳

About the author

Helen Jones loves to write. That’s all there is to it. Born in the UK, she lived in Canada and Australia before returning to England several years ago. The thought of finding magic in ordinary places is one that inspires her; when she was a child she did find a strange valley and hear a scream – the incident stayed with her and was the starting point of the Ambeth Chronicles.

Helen has worked as a freelance writer for the past ten years, runs her own blog at http://www.journeytoambeth.com and has contributed guest posts to others, including the Bloomsbury Writers & Artists site. Ambeth is not the only world she plans to visit in her books, but it’s where she is now.

When she’s not writing, she likes to walk, paint and study karate (when housework and family life permit!) She’s now working on several other novels unrelated to Ambeth, enjoying the chance to explore other fantasy worlds.

Connect with the author:

Amazon:  Helen Jones

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about No Quarter?  Or – if you did not yet read No Quarter – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Game of Fear by Glede Browne Kabongo

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The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Academic overachiever and popular good girl Abbie Cooper is used to being in control, and strives to keep it that way. As senior year at her élite New England private school kicks off, she’s focused on one goal: getting into the Ivy League. But even good girls have dark secrets. One morning, Abbie discovers a cryptic note in her locker, (“I know what you did, hypocrite! Justice will be served, The Avenger.”) Then a photo arrives in the mail. It captures in great detail the explosive secret she’s kept hidden from everyone—the shocking blunder that could get her expelled from Saint Matthews Academy, and keep her out of the Ivy League for good.

Determined to protect her future and the people she loves, Abbie is drawn into a diabolical game of blackmail, cyber spying, and deception. For $50,000, the mystery girl known as The Avenger assures Abbie that her secret will remain safe. There’s only one problem: The Avenger may not exist at all. So who’s stalking Abbie with anonymous text messages that disappear after they’ve been read? Who’s out to ruin her and why? To uncover the horrifying truth, Abbie must play the game, all the way to its stunning conclusion.

Genre(s): Teen & YA > Mysteries & Thrillers > Thrillers & Suspense
Teen & YA > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Death
Teen & YA > Mysteries & Thrillers > Romantic
Series: n.a.
Length: 374 pages
Release date: 2016-02-24

 

Teaser


I get up from the table and walk toward the island to retrieve my phone. I peer down at it without touching it.

BLOCKED NUMBER

Cheater! Soon everyone will know what you did. Justice will be served. The Avenger


My Opinion

This book introduces you to 17-year-old Abbie Cooper, blackmailed by a mysterious girl: The Avenger.

With Game of Fear, Gledé Browne Kabongo has created a thrilling story of a young woman who is suddenly in need to defend herself against a blackmailer; is has to be Sidney who is threatening to get her expelled, and ruining her chances of an Ivy League future. It is a compelling read, drawing you close to Abbie and the events. Gledé Browne Kabongo knows how to keep you glued to Abbie’s story, giving you the feeling of being an invisible ally. Abbie is quite complex and likeable, the other characters are of sufficient depth (according to their relevance). The story comprises realistic characters in a normal environment with interesting turns; it has a pretty good flow.

This is a book for you if you like compelling young adult suspense stories with psychological aspects and a touch of romance.

Recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language 😳
Violence 😳
Sexual content 😳

 

About the author

Gledé Browne Kabongo writes intense psychological thrillers—unflinching tales of deception, secrecy, danger and family. She is the Amazon Bestselling Author of Game of Fear, Mark of Deceit (Eye of Fear Anthology), Swan Deception, and Conspiracy of Silence. Her love affair with books began as a young girl growing up in the Caribbean, where her town library overlooked the Atlantic Ocean. She was trading books and discussing them with neighbors before Book Clubs became popular.

She holds both an M.S. and B.A. in communications, and worked as a freelance news reporter right out of college. After she abandoned the dream of winning the Pulitzer Prize as a reporter for the Boston Globe, she jumped into marketing management for over a decade. Gledé lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.

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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Game of Fear?  Or – if you did not yet read Game of Fear – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Unleashed (The Haunting of Secrets, #3) by Shelley R. Pickens

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The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Aimee killed a man. Worse yet, she enjoyed it.

Aimee has survived a bombing, a killer’s torture chamber, countless evils harbored deep within the minds of psychopaths and killers, and even death. But now, the greatest threat is the evil barely contained within.

With her ascension, Aimee gained great power. She no longer needs to touch a person for their every memory and thoughts to be divulged. With that power, she now feels the pull to become judge, jury, and executioner to those who commit evil in this world.

Despite her desire to be alone with Logan and live a normal life, she soon realizes that she, in fact, is the greatest threat to the normality she craves. Without control of her own powers, she inadvertently causes harm to those she loves the most. Aimee is forced to seek out the only other person in this world that can help her: Brett.

Together, they explore the world as ascended beings, reveling in the intoxication of mind control, as flames of love ignite between them. With each new emotion explored, the reasons behind the origin of her powers are slowly revealed.

Genre(s): Teen & Young Adult > Horror
Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
Series: The Haunting of Secrets, #3
Length: 154 pages
Release date: 2016-09-13

 

Teaser


Not surprisingly, all the scary parts are about me. I can’t quite form the words to tell him how I grew stronger after David’s death. How could he ever understand that I now see everything in black and white and that every single person I meet has strange colors that represent thoughts billowing out of their brains like a tornado filled word gusher?

Worst still, how can I tell him that Brett is cursed like me? We both have deceived him by not telling him who we really are. Logan could hate me for keeping things like that from him. I can’t take that chance.


My Opinion

This third instalment of The Haunting of Secrets series takes the readers back to 16-year-old Aimee. After her ascension, nothing is the same, and she is torn between Logan and Brett.

With Unleashed, Shelley R. Pickens has created an intriguing sequel to the story of a girl who tries to keep to herself. Her secret has taken on another dimension. An unanticipated power leads Aimee on a dangerous path. Unleashed is a gripping read with a three-dimensional main character; Aimee’s decisions have consequences. Shelley R. Pickens develops the story in a great way – it gets more and more thrilling as the story proceeds. I was drawn into the story right away, trying to keep a little distance to Aimee and all events – due to the evil aspects.

Unleashed is a great read for young adults as well as fans of paranormal and mystery reads.

Recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
POV First person – present tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😡
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

Shelley Pickens has been in love with anything and everything on the dark side of paranormal since the time she learned to read. After 15 years of teaching Spanish to high schoolers, she decided to take her unique firsthand knowledge of young adults and apply it to her passion for creative writing and fantasy. When not teaching or writing, Shelley likes to spend time with her husband and two beautiful children in Atlanta, Ga. Her escape from reality is her love of complex thriller and science fiction TV series like Supernatural and Sleepy Hollow. In her spare time she is an avid reader of all types of genres.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Unleashed?  Or – if you did not yet read Unleashed – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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