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The Abnormals — young adult urban fantasy — the entire boxed set for 99 cents! Sounds quite interesting.

Here’s the blurb for book one:

Turned into a vampire at the age of two, Alyssa has spent the last 14 years pretending to be human in a society who hates “Abnormals” like her. She’s done just fine gossiping with the other girls, wearing pink, and becoming an expert sword fighter in order to vent her killer instincts.

But then the Mage Xavier shows up at her school and introduces her to a whole other reality under her feet—Abnormals Underground, an entire society of supernatural beings hiding under the city of Cumberland. Alyssa can ignore his pleas for her to join them as a warrior—for about two hours. When her father goes missing, Alyssa will have no choice but to become a part of the world she’s fought to avoid her entire life if she’s to get him back from the mayor of Cumberland. That wouldn’t be so hard, except that it turns out he’s a demon bent on world domination.

Benjamin Forrest and the School at the End of the World Another 99 cents! A young adult fantasy that caught my eye, maybe because of the beach part. Turns out the kid isn’t in Hawaii (more’s the pity) and looks like it will be anything but a vacation…

Benjamin Forrest wakes up on a strange beach. Two suns shine in the sky, and a couple of miles out from the shore, the sea drops off the edge of the world.

Where is he? How did he get here? And most importantly, how can he get home?

As he begins to encounter the unusual characters of Endinfinium, he finds himself at the centre of a battle for a secret world, one in which he will play a decisive role …

ENDINFINIUM – the new young adult fantasy series from Chris Ward, acclaimed author of the Tube Riders Series.

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Posted: December 3, 2017
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  1. Sometimes YA is more fun to read than grown-up books.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — December 3, 2017 @ 8:29 am

  2. A lot of times, Margaret!

    Comment by Maria — December 3, 2017 @ 8:48 pm

  3. Finished reading Blood Fire by Helen Harper. Ugly covers. Great story–until the end. What a downer. I mean, honestly, couldn’t we have had a spark of good news in there? Not kidding though, it was an edge of my seat read. I really enjoyed it until the last few pages. I’ll try the next one, but if it ends like that I doubt I’ll finish the series.

    Comment by Maria — December 4, 2017 @ 2:14 am

  4. I finally finished Soldier of Fortune which was very good and thank you for the tip about skipping the Dani bits as they are completely unnecessary to the story. I also read a silly chicklit romance called Girls Guide to Vampires by Katie MacAlister which was cute and fun and really silly if you like that sort of thing. It does have onscreen sex scenes though if anyone wants to avoid that. I’m now reading a cozy I picked up here I think called Bed & Breakfast & Murder by Patti Larson. I’ve only just started but it is ok so far, if not great. Also reading a cozy paranormal called Witchslapped by Dakota Kassidy which isn’t bad at all so far. Sometimes I end up disliking her characters and not finishing the books but so far this main is ok and she has a bat familiar which is cool. I’m also about to start The Desert and the Blade, the umpteenth book in the Emberverse by SM Stirling. The story is now into the third generation from the beginning and these characters don’t seem to be as compelling as the first and second generations were. Oh and on audio I’m listening to Seeing a Large Cat by Elizabeth Peters which is the first in this series where we get some of Ramses thoughts and actions separately from Amelia P. Emerson’s. I love how he has grown up and developed his own character in this series.

    Comment by April — December 4, 2017 @ 9:52 am

  5. Yeah, that whole Dani thing was nothing but a bog down. I can barely keep track of one book. If I read more than two at a time, I’d start mixing them up. As it is, I can only read one non-fiction and one fiction!

    Comment by Maria — December 4, 2017 @ 3:58 pm

  6. I’m into re-reading mode again. I just can’t seem to put my hands on what I want to read. I’ve got The Kingmaker’s Daughter which I really want to read, but it’s a DTB and I just haven’t been able to sit down and get into it. Picking up a paperback just seems too weird to me anymore.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — December 5, 2017 @ 7:10 am

  7. I’m working on the second in the Helen Harper series:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AU0O00G/?tag=bearm-20

    So far so good. As I suspected, it takes the big depressing problem at the end of book one and is sort of working on it, but generally using it as an excuse for a whole ‘nother adventure rather than solving it. Quite a bit of “Misunderstanding” has to occur for it to take a whole book, but that is the way of these schticks.

    But it’s solid writing and great adventure so far.

    Comment by Maria — December 5, 2017 @ 8:29 am

  8. So that second book was great–good ending (at least satisfying) and a couple of nice twists to the solve that I really enjoyed. This is a 5 book series. So do I continue on (as the books get more expensive) buy the boxed set, or just read the last one to get all the wrap up???? I do love her writing and characters, although this main dude is not really a part of the action. He’s more there for “interludes” and that makes him kind of cardboard and a tad boring. Oh sure, he roars a lot, but there’s more to life and good guys than a fight here or there and smart-ass comments. So I ponder. Both books one and two would be 5 stars, but I had to knock a star off book one for the ending. (It’s possible that right after I finished book one I was feeling more like 2 stars due to disgruntlement, but the rest of the book was solid.)

    Comment by Maria — December 6, 2017 @ 2:07 pm

  9. I did not start The Desert and the Blade because I had already read it (cue head slap). This is not the first and probably won’t be the last time I borrow a book I have already read. So now I’m going to read instead, Ruby’s Key by Holly Lisle and Katya’s War by Jonathan Howard and whatever audiobook I can find that I feel like listening to. I had to listen to the radio on my way to work today. It was terrible.

    Comment by April — December 8, 2017 @ 3:39 pm

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