Fingers in the Mist {Book Review and Giveaway}

*Disclaimer:  I received a free ebook copy of Fingers in the Mist from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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About Fingers in the Mist

Sixteen-year-old Caitlyn Foster never believed in the legend of the Redeemers. That was before the trees started to whisper her name. Before a murder of crows attacked the town. Before she and her family came home to find a bloody handprint on their front door, marking one of them as a sacrifice. As Caitlyn’s friends are ripped from their homes, she knows it’s only a matter of time before the Redeemers come for her. Caitlyn has the power to stop the terror, but she’ll have to decide if she’s willing to sacrifice herself to save those she loves.

Publication date: February 24, 2015      

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Author: O’Dell Hutchison

My Review

I loved this book from the minute I started it…and in all honesty I finished it in one day because I couldn’t put it down.   When I first started the book, it reminded me a little of bit of M. Night Shymalan’s movie “The Village” combined with “Children of the Corn” as it is set in a rural farm community that is hyper-religious in a cultish way, believing in “Redeemers” which essentially come and steal your children in the night.

Caitlyn Foster is a fantastic main character, and I quickly became enthralled not only with her, but her choices as she attempts to cope and deal with the exceptionally odd situation that she is faced with.  She is wonderfully flawed, but has a good heart, and I found her absolutely likable as a main character.  I was cheering for her the entire time.

Plot-wise, the story moves at a GREAT pace – like I said, I couldn’t put it down.  There were certain elements to the plot that were a bit predictable for me, but not NEARLY as much as your average YA novel.  O’Dell Hutchison kept me guessing throughout the novel, and this was a refreshing thing for a YA novel. I don’t want to give any spoilers away, but it is safe to say that you will be engaged throughout the novel.

If you are a fan of YA paranormal fiction – you have to get this book!  You will not be disappointed.   For those of you who monitor the content of your YA books, I would have no issue giving this to my 13 year old, but if you object to references of drug use (in an addiction context) or teenage pregnancy references, you might want to give this a read first.

About the Author

 O’Dell was born in a small rural town in Idaho. There were no Redeemers living there (that he knows of). After attending college in the Pacific Northwest, he found his way to the Houston area. By day, he is a Business Systems Analyst and at night you can either find him sitting at home, dreaming of random super powers he wishes he had, or directing plays and musicals at various theaters around Houston.

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Beneath the Forsaken City {Book Review}

* I received a free copy of Beneath the Forsaken City from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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About Beneath the Forsaken City

Conor and Aine have barely escaped Seare with their lives. Conor knows he must return to find the harp that could end the Red Druid’s reign of terror, but in the midst of their escape, he and Aine are torn apart once more. Surrounded by despair and thrown into as much danger as they left behind, Conor and Aine must cling to the whispers of Comdiu’s plans for them and the homeland that depends on their survival. But at what cost? Will they learn to depend on Comdiu completely? Or will they give up hope?

My Review

I thought Beneath the Forsaken City was a well-written book..I don’t read Christian fiction too often, but I did enjoy this book.  This is actually the second in a series, and I do highly recommend reading the first book in the series.  It took me several chapters to really fully engage in the book because I wasn’t familiar with the characters.  This was compounded by the complications of trying to figure out all the Gaelic clans – a problem that could have been handily avoided by reading the first book in the series.  Once I got into the book, I did really enjoy it.

The writing was really well done – and its impressive that the author created a whole new world. The Christian element is very allegorical – the character believe in “Comdiu”.  One of the central faith themes centers on choosing to be faithful or acting selfishly.   Again, the book is very good but you will definitely want to read the first book the series first!

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Book Blast: Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones

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Synopsis 
 

She has a destiny so great that even the gods fear her.

Constant hallucinations and the frequent conversations with the voices in her head, have earned eighteen-year-old Chloe Clever the not-so-coveted title of “Whack Job” in her home town of Adel, Georgia. Fed up with prescription meds and therapists, she wishes for a life where she is destined to be more than the butt of everyone’s jokes and mockery.

Be careful what you wish for has never rung more true.

After a vicious attack and learning that her favorite rockstar is an Olympian god, she is thrust into her new life as the Oracle of Delphi, the prophesier of the future. Setting out to fulfill the prophecy she has been given, Chloe learns of how great she is to become, all the while fighting mythical monsters and trying to outwit the ever-cunning Greek gods who harbor secrets of their own. While on a mission to discover the Most Beautiful, she strives to uncover the mysteries of the demigod Prince who has sworn to protect her with his life…and threatens to win her heart in the process

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Diantha Jones was born the day thousands of turkeys sacrificed their lives to fill millions of American bellies on November 22 which also happened to be Thanksgiving Day (Her mother says she owes her a turkey). She is a Journalism graduate who is working hard to be a career novelist (of books, not Facebook posts). When not writing or working, she is reading on her Nook or Kindle, getting drunk on Red Bulls, being hypnotized by Netflix or on a mission to procure junk food.

The Oracle of Delphi fantasy series is her first series. She is also the author of Mythos: Stories from Olympus, a companion series, and there is another fantasy series in the works.

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Becoming Monsters {Book Review}

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Book Synopsis

It’s been a year and a half and Missy, now close to seventeen years old finds herself returning to the human realm she left behind in hot pursuit of Anukhan, the thief that stole her blue light and almost left her dead. Sensing it when he uses her abilities, she along with Charlie, and Saal race to find this ruthless killer of men and monsters. But they realize almost too late that there is a physical connection between Missy and Anukhan and now stopping him with deadly force will prove fatal for Missy as well.

Undeterred, Missy prepares herself for a difficult fight, one that could cost more lives than she’s willing to sacrifice. Unlike her quests in the monster realm, another silent killer returns. One she’s fought against her entire life and this time, it could win.

Review

I really enjoyed Becoming Monsters, by Liss Thomas.  It is definitely in the YA fantasy genre, which isn’t always my favorite, but I this one had me hooked.  I liked the characters, and I felt like the relationship between the characters was adequately explored; I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the first book in the series.  That being said, the book was very enjoyable standing on its own.  The author does a good job of conveying emotion, and I really felt for Missy, who is suffering from cancer in the midst of her wild ride through this novel.

All in all, I really enjoyed it, and recommend it for those who enjoy fantasy – it is a YA book but I think fantasy lovers of all ages would really enjoy it.

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