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The Coven Princess by Lily Luchesi

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Now available from USA Today bestselling author Lily Luchesi and Vamptasy Publishing:
THE COVEN PRINCESS.

 
LILY

Your blood does not define you.

Harley Torrance’s parents were killed in a home invasion when she was three. Adopted by a nice couple, Harley begins to develop strange powers. At fourteen she brews a potion so strong it gains the attention of the Coven King, and changes her world forever.

She’s not human, she’s a witch.

Now a part of the magical community, Harley must learn to control her powers lest the Darkness already in her blood overcomes her. Can she dampen her lust for power in order to stop the Dark from taking over the Coven and killing everyone in their way?

 

 

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My Review:

The Coven Princess is Lily Luchesi’s first venture into the YA genre, and she has done it with style.

Harley was orphaned and adopted by humans at a young age. She’s a witch, but doesn’t know it until she’s visited by an odd gentleman after being expelled from school.

We join Harley, as she joins the witch community where she learns about magic and her heritage and makes new friends along the way.

The journey of self-discovery the Haley undertakes was an emotional rollercoaster ride for both Harley and myself.

The characters were all multi-dimensional, interesting and flawed and the storyline was well-thought out and exciting, keeping me on the edge of my seat.

Although The Coven Princess is loosely connected to Lily’s amazing Paranormal Detective books, you don’t have to know anything about the series to enjoy this YA read.

About the author:

Lily LuchesiLily Luchesi is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of the Paranormal Detectives Series, published by Vamptasy Publishing. She also has short stories included in multiple bestselling anthologies, and a successful dark erotica retelling of Dracula.

She is also the editor, curator and contributing author of Vamptasy Publishing’s Damsels of Distress anthology, which celebrates strong female characters in horror and paranormal fiction.

She was born in Chicago, Illinois, and now resides in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things “dark”. At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle. She is also an out member of the LGBT+ community. When she’s not writing, she’s going to rock concerts, getting tattooed, watching the CW, or reading manga. And drinking copious amounts of coffee.

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The Coven Princess by Lily Luchesi

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Coming March 7th, 2018 from USA Today bestselling author Lily Luchesi and Vamptasy Publishing:

THE COVEN PRINCESS.

Your blood does not define you.

Harley Torrance’s parents were killed in a home invasion when she was three. Adopted by a nice couple, Harley begins to develop strange powers. At fourteen she brews a potion so strong it gains the attention of the Coven King, and changes her world forever.

She’s not human, she’s a witch.

Now a part of the magical community, Harley must learn to control her powers lest the Darkness already in her blood overcomes her. Can she dampen her lust for power in order to stop the Dark from taking over the Coven and killing everyone in their way?

 

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Lily LuchesiLily Luchesi is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of the Paranormal Detectives Series, published by Vamptasy Publishing. She also has short stories included in multiple bestselling anthologies, and a successful dark erotica retelling of Dracula.

She is also the editor, curator and contributing author of Vamptasy Publishing’s Damsels of Distress anthology, which celebrates strong female characters in horror and paranormal fiction.

She was born in Chicago, Illinois, and now resides in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things “dark”. At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle. She is also an out member of the LGBT+ community. When she’s not writing, she’s going to rock concerts, getting tattooed, watching the CW, or reading manga. And drinking copious amounts of coffee.

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My Review:

The Coven Princess is Lily Luchesi’s first venture into the YA genre, and she has done it with style.

Harley was orphaned and adopted by humans at a young age. She’s a witch, but doesn’t know it until she’s visited by an odd gentleman after being expelled from school.

We join Harley, as she joins the witch community where she learns about magic and her heritage and makes new friends along the way.

The journey of self-discovery the Haley undertakes was an emotional rollercoaster ride for both Harley and myself.

The characters were all multi-dimensional, interesting and flawed and the storyline was well-thought out and exciting, keeping me on the edge of my seat.

Although The Coven Princess is loosely connected to Lily’s amazing Paranormal Detective books, you don’t have to know anything about the series to enjoy this YA read.

 

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HeartBREAKER by Lila Felix

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Title: HeartBREAKER
Series: AnguiSH, #2
Author: Lila Felix
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: December 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

 
HeartBREAKERBreaker James is no longer the boy locked in a prison of his own making. He’s not afraid to leave his house, and he doesn’t need Ash twenty-four hours a day, just to function—just to breathe.

Hell, lately it feels like he might not need her much at all anymore.

He’s a heart breaker, pure and simple. Turns out love is easy when you’re secluded from the outside world. Maybe Ash is the one who is afraid now…afraid she’s done her job a little too well. Can she learn how to let Breaker love her, now that he doesn’t need her to be his crutch?

HeartBREAKER is the endearing companion story to Lila Felix’s best-selling AnguiSH novel. Fall in love with Breaker James all over again!

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LilaLila Felix is full of antics and stories. She refused to go to Kindergarten after the teacher made her take a nap on the first day of school. She staged her first protest in middle school. She almost flunked out of her first semester at Pepperdine University because she was enthralled with their library and frequently was locked in. Now her husband and three children have to put up with her rebel nature in Louisiana where her days are filled with cypress trees, crawfish, and of course her books and writing. She writes about the ordinary people who fall extraordinarily in wild, true love.

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The Peradon Fantasy Series by Daccari Buchelli

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 Series: The Peradon Fantasy Series
Author: Daccari Buchelli
Genre: YA Fantasy
 

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PhoenixAWARDS2_376x600No power is greater than the one you’re willing to sacrifice.

Princess Violetta Flame lives her life according to rule, but those rules require her to pay a heavy price. Haunted by a devastating loss, she longs for freedom. When a handsome ruler takes a special interest in her, she senses greater things lie ahead, but behind the handsome façade lies a dark secret – one that can usurp her efforts and cast her back into the life she detested.

The throne was never promised to Emperor Ryore Frost, but now that he has ultimate power, his world is filled with possibilities. Citizens bow at his feet, but their fleeting adoration is no match for his obsession with the young Flame Princess. As his feelings for the staunchly independent princess grow, a new threat emerges, bent on undermining his efforts and betraying his sensibilities.

When past tragedies, malevolent behaviour, and strong wills collide, which will reign supreme?

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      The hair at the back of her neck bristled. Violetta raced to the window, peering through the onslaught of rain.
      A shadow drifted across the palace grounds. She tried to make out its features, dark and blurry as it was through the rain, but the distance proved too great a challenge.
      ‘Xyhoni? Elinor?’
      Violetta stepped back, adrenaline surging through her veins. What if something happened to them? She made for the door when a low groan saw her twist. A lump had appeared in her daughter’s bed. Relief settled over her. Elinor is merely playing a game- that’s it, and Xyhoni has popped out to fetch her some supper.
      Half-smiling, Violetta crept toward the bed.
      ‘I wonder who could be hiding beneath these covers.’ She spoke in a light, sing-song voice, grasping hold of the bed-clothes to lift them away.
      All trace of a smile slipped from her face- she couldn’t breathe. The hardwood wall met her back as her stomach heaved, spilling its contents upon the lush carpet.
      ‘Help! Somebody, please!’ she cried.

 

 

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9780995768321_376x600In order to save the ones you love, you must be prepared to risk it all.

Five years have passed since that fateful day at the Frost Estate and Violetta fails to shake the memories of her husband’s demise. Her daughter Elinor cannot know of the part she played, but that is only one of the Flame Queen’s problems.

With a mysterious storm blanketing the whole of Peradon, Violetta, with the help of Lord Jork and Xyhoni, sets out to uncover its source. The last thing she expected was for her only child to vanish and for a troublesome rumour to be circling Peradon.

At her wits end, Violetta must journey through the four realms in search of anyone who can help to find her daughter, but- is she willing to accept the help of a traitor?

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Excerpt #2:

      Xyhoni remained perfectly still, preparing to draw more power from his core when his eyes fixed on a waking nightmare.
      A pack of snarling dark-hounds sat on their haunches beneath a willow tree. Saliva hung from their jowls in silvery threads, their noses upturned as they sniffed the air.
      Xyhoni willed his muscles to work, to shuffle back from this gruesome scene, but no- his body simply refused to work.
      He stared at the canines with their dripping fangs. There was a reason the hounds had yet to attack and with this realization came a splutter of bile.
      Piled high beneath the hounds were the rotting carcasses of fellow sprites and elves. There must have been hundreds of them- men, women and children alike. Their limbs stuck out at odd angles, broken and bloodied.
      ‘Dear Gods!’ How he wasn’t vomiting, Xyhoni didn’t know.
      Every crimson eye shot his way as his breathing hitched, alerting the hounds. Run, came his inner voice. But he couldn’t move. How could he?
      Wait! Yes, of course.
      Vines shot from Xyhoni to the nearest trees, propelling him along their lengths. He was forced to duck low-hanging branches, several slapping him repeatedly across the face.
      His pace quickened, hauling him out of the dense clearing, right into the midst of an elaborate maze.
      ‘Damn it!’
      Mild sensation returned to his body. He glanced to his sword-hand, hoping to finally draw the blade.
      His fingers remained lifeless.
      ‘Darn it all.’ Xyhoni squeezed his eyes shut and drew more power to the surface of his skin. ‘Rock wall,’ he muttered. He focused on the composition of the ground at his feet. Sweat poured from his golden flesh as the earth shuddered, shifting place.
      Fierce barks rang out through the maze. Xyhoni saw jagged fangs and feral snouts round the corner and poured yet more magic into his efforts. Rock began to stretch up from the ground, forming a steadily climbing tower before him. He swept his vines out to one side and swung back as a hound snapped at his palm, narrowly missing his alchemist’s sigil.

 

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Excerpt #3:

      A feral roar exploded, causing Xyhoni’s hands to fly to his ears. Smoke billowed up around their shield. Within seconds, the flames extinguished.
      Before them towered a majestic beast. It held an almost regal pose with its neck upturned against the chill. Four fur-lined paws sported dangerous talons, sharp as any soldier’s blade.
      ‘A lion?’
      The mighty beast let out a second roar, its body burning with a brilliant mass of yellows and reds. Xyhoni stared, spell-bound. King Eagan had never taught his daughter how to conjure such things- not that Xyhoni knew.
      Across the clearing, Lord Jork waited, concealed in his own hastily-summoned shield. His ruby eyes were wide, fixed above the lion’s bulk, where Violetta’s Phoenix wings were spread wide. Her head was thrown back in a clearly unconscious state.
      Another thunderous roar. The Guardian glided closer, causing the lion’s hackles to raise.
      Xyhoni watched as each approached their prey. A spear of ice extended from the Guardian as the lion’s lips curled back, baring fangs like gleaming sabres.
      ‘Come on,’ Xyhoni whispered, ‘What are you waiting for?’
      The two creatures gazed into each-other, as though judging one-another’s souls. He noticed Violetta’s wings slowing, her flames dimming as her strength faded.
      ‘What is it waiting for?’ echoed Arlas.
      Xyhoni jerked, having expected to feel the warm tingling of breath. There was none.
      The Guardian’s spear rose into the air, preparing to launch in the lion’s direction. Claws ground into the snow and in desperation, Xyhoni cried- ‘Attack!’
      The lion’s flaming form shot forward. The Guardian’s spear was ripped from its arm, crunched into two by colossal jaws. If it tried to back up, Xyhoni saw no sign.
      The lion struck. Pin-sharp fangs ripped into the Guardian’s icy flesh, shaking the body still clutched in its jaws. Vicious canines seized hold of its chest and tore out what appeared to be a pulsing stone. With that final act, the Guardian’s icy form dissolved on the spot.

 

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daccariBorn in 1993, British writer Daccari Buchelli spends his time focusing on his favourite genre, Fantasy. Having developed an early love of literature, he became determined to create his own magical wonderlands for fellow readers to explore. He spent his teenage years working on several Fantasy novellas, which he has yet to release to the general public.

He has since released the first book in a new Fantasy series, which revolves around young royals and the elemental magic that they possess. As an active member of the LGBT+ community, Mr Buchelli hopes to help reduce intolerance and bullying by promoting acceptance and understanding of those different to ourselves.

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Superhero High by T.H. Hernandez

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Title: Superhero High
Author: T.H. Hernandez
Publication date: 2018
Genres: Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult
 

Sixteen-year-old Annarenee Stevens is the sole member of her family without a super power. The only time she feels powerful is in the pool. With her sights set on swimming for U.C. Berkeley, she’s ready to win it all at the State championship and secure her future.

When the government unexpectedly ends the secret Genetically Enhanced Asset (GEA) program, Annarenee is uprooted from Dayton, the only home she’s ever known, and relocated to San Diego with all of the other GEA families. Queen of her public school, Annarenee is just another zero at Superhero High, a school without any sports teams.

With the end of the program, her hero older brother now needs a college education, too, meaning the only way Annarenee is getting into Berkeley is on a scholarship. Her dream is slipping through her fingers, no matter how tightly she clings to it. To make matters worse, super hot superhero, Ren Gonzalez, is paying too much attention to her. The kind of attention that has Ren’s ex-girlfriend intent on making Annarenee’s life even more miserable.

But when heroes begin disappearing, zeros and heroes will be forced to team up in order to solve the mystery. If they don’t kill each other first.

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T.H. HernandezT.H. Hernandez is the author of young adult books. The Union, a futuristic dystopian adventure, was a finalist in the 2015 San Diego book awards in the Young Adult Fiction category.

She loves pumpkin spice lattes, Game of Thrones, Comic-Con, Star Wars, Doctor Who marathons, Bad Lip Reading videos, and all things young adult, especially the three young adults who share her home.

When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside her head, T.H. Hernandez lives in usually sunny San Diego, California with her husband and three children, a couple of cats, and a dog who thinks he’s a cat, affectionately referred to as “the puppycat.”

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Alien Minds by Christina Bauer

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Title: Alien Minds
Series: Dimension Drift, #1
Author: Christina Bauer
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: November 27th 2018
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Meimi Archer is living the perfect life. Too bad it isn’t hers.

On my seventeenth birthday, I wake up in the hospital to find I just survived a sketchy but terrible accident. My parents stand by my bedside—both are beautiful, wealthy, and super-nice. They tell me that once I leave the hospital, I’ll attend the prestigious ECHO Academy, where I’ll churn out equations for the government along with my mega-smart peers.

So, I’m living the perfect life.

Then why does everything feel all wrong?

My parents, my house and even ECHO Academy…none of it fits. Plus, what’s up with Thorne, my brooding yet yummy classmate who keeps telling me I need to remember my true past, which seems to have included a lot of us kissing? That’s one thing I’d really like to remember, except for the fact that I’m pretty sure Thorne is hiding a ton of nasty secrets of his own, including the fact that he may not be from this world. But considering how my own past seems alien to me, it’s not like I can judge. Plus, Thorne has dimples. That’s a problem.

And worst of all, why does it feel so yucky to work on these calculations for the government? It’s all supposed to be part of ECHO, but my heart tells me that I’m helping something truly terrible come to pass. Thorne seems to think that kissing him again will release my real memories.

Maybe it’s time to pucker up.

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AB-Christina-Bauer-picChristina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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The Fourth Element Trilogy by Kat Ross

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Author: Kat Ross
Publication date: September 22nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

 

FourthGladiator meets Romeo and Juliet in this “spellbinding fantasy” trilogy (Kirkus Reviews) set in ancient Persia!

They are the light against the darkness.
The steel against the necromancy of the Druj.
And they use demons to hunt demons….

Nazafareen lives for revenge. A girl of the isolated Four-Legs Clan, all she knows about the King’s elite Water Dogs is that they leash wicked creatures called daevas to protect the empire from the Undead. But when scouts arrive to recruit young people with the gift, she leaps at the chance to join their ranks. To hunt the monsters that killed her sister.

Scarred by grief, she’s willing to pay any price, even if it requires linking with a daeva named Darius. Human in body, he’s possessed of a terrifying power, one that Nazafareen controls. But the golden cuffs that join them have an unwanted side effect. Each experiences the other’s emotions, and human and daeva start to grow dangerously close.

As they pursue a deadly foe across the arid waste of the Great Salt Plain to the glittering capital of Persepolae, unearthing the secrets of Darius’s past along the way, Nazafareen is forced to question his slavery—and her own loyalty to the empire. But with an ancient evil stirring in the north, and a young conqueror sweeping in from the west, the fate of an entire civilization may be at stake…

So begins an epic story of adventure, romance and betrayal that leads to undiscovered magical realms and a final confrontation with a demon queen bent on destroying them all.

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KatKat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day, the Fourth Element fantasy trilogy (The Midnight Sea, Blood of the Prophet, Queen of Chaos), and a new gaslamp mystery series that opens with The Daemoniac and continues with The Thirteenth Gate. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. For more information about Kat’s books, come visit her at katrossbooks.com.

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