Cover Reveal : Shifters & Glyphs (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum, #2) by Christina Bauer

Ok I am really trying to contain myself with this cover reveal. I am so excited to be part of this as you all know I am a die hard fan for this author. Stay tuned because a full review for this series is coming soon.

The Cover

I mean how gorgeous is this cover?

Shifters & Glyphs by Christina Bauer 
(Fairy Tales of the Magicorum, #2) 
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: October 30th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
About the book

After being raised by the meanest fairies in the history of ever, Bryar Rose is now free to live her own life. For the first time, she’s attending West Lake Prep, a regular high school. Well, mostly regular. Some students are actually hidden members of the Magicorum. In other words, they’re really wizards, fairies, or shifters. Bry doesn’t mind, though. She’s thrilled to enjoy all the new experiences of being around normal kids her age, from locker pranks to lunchtime mystery meat. Everything is going along great, except for one thing.

Bry’s dreams about the pyramids of Egypt have gotten darker and more sinister. Every night, she sees her new man Knox and her best friend Elle in danger.

With no other choice, Bry plans to leave school to explore the pyramids on own. But her new man Knox discovers the scheme and is having none of it. He wants to stay by her side, no matter what. It’s a good thing too, because Bry must solve the mystery of her attraction to the pyramids and soon. Otherwise, it could cost the lives of those she loves most…and that means not only Knox, but also her best friend Elle.

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Book Blitz: Chameleon by Zoe Kalo

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chameleoncovChameleon by Zoe Kalo
Launch: 2nd February 2017
Genre: YA/Gothic/Multicultural

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About the book

An isolated convent, a supernatural presence, a dark secret…

17-year-old Paloma only wanted to hold a séance to contact her dead father. She never thought she would be kicked out of school and end up in an isolated convent. Now, all she wants is to be left alone. But slowly, she develops a bond with a group of girls: kind-hearted Maria, insolent Silvy, pathological liar Adelita, and their charismatic leader Rubia.

When, yet again, Paloma holds a séance in the hope of contacting her father, she awakens an entity that has been dormant for years. And then, the body count begins. Someone doesn’t want the secret out… Continue reading “Book Blitz: Chameleon by Zoe Kalo”

Book review: Daybreak : Flatlined by Elle Arcie

daybreakDaybreak: Flatlined by Elle Arcie

Publication date: December 21st 2015

Rating:★★★★☆

About the book

She’s supposed to be just a job… a useless pawn.

But to a Paul, she is everything.

19-year-old Lorena is just an ordinary girl trying to live her life. But when she meets Paul, a handsome and mysterious vampire, her world changes beyond recognition. But just when she thinks their relationship is going well, he leaves her without an explanation. To make things worse, she becomes a target because of the relationship she just lost.

Paul is struggling to find his footing amidst the radical changes in the vampire community. He wants to side with the angels so he can be human again. His superiors, however, are against it and will do anything to keep him from going to the other side. Now, he is faced with a difficult choice: stay true to his vampire instincts or work with the angels to save himself and the people he cares for.

Daybreak is a tale of two people fighting to keep their love alive as the centuries-old war between angels and vampires rages on. Will they succeed? Will darkness win or will light finally prevail?

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The Review

Apologies to the author for the delay in reviewing this title.

I don’t always read a lot of vampire books as they can a bit dry sometimes and the story lines are the same but this one grabbed my interest from the start.
The story centers around Lorena, she is a twin and is living some semblance of a normal life except her boyfriend is a vampire. And due to that, she is brought before the vampire council and their Leader Primus for questioning.
In the midst of it all, she realizes that she is part of something a lot bigger than she imagined. Lorena is part of a prophecy and the only person who can get her through it is a vampire named Paul. Racing against time and the vampire council it’s up to Paul and Lorena with the help of God to fulfill the prophecy that will redeem all flatliners. Continue reading “Book review: Daybreak : Flatlined by Elle Arcie”

#Fun Fact Friday: The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English

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Happy Friday! I guess the weekend is on the horizon but first here is another infographic that you just might love. Now the words sound great, wish I could say the same about what they mean. Halcyon being a new fave of mine….

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#BTT : How Important is Social Media for Your Blog

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Hey fellow bloggers! I wanted to start a new thing where I share some of my blogging tips.

I a not an expert but I do work as a digital marketeer in the real world. Do let me know if you have any blogging questions as I am also learning as I go along.

In this day and age, everyone is connecting with each other on social networks. So as a blogger I think it is pretty important for you to be clued up on the ins and outs of social media.
Some write ups I have read point out that a lot of traffic to your blog is primarily from social media. Obviously, the volume of traffic is dependent on your target audience.

Building your blog audience

I am focusing a lot on book blogs so I believe the social networks to focus on are
Facebooks, Pinterest and Instagram. Some bloggers use Twitter but, we have so much to say that 140 characters are not just going to cut it! Continue reading “#BTT : How Important is Social Media for Your Blog”

Ramblings: Top 5 Manga Series I Have to Own

If anyone had asked me a year ago or even 6 months ago if I liked manga I would have given you the “are you crazy?” look. And to be honest I kind of stumbled on it some random day and to be honest I have never looked back. I have cheated though and wanted a few that are now series but nothing truly compares to reading the actual thing. I like a lot of lovey dovey stuff so you can imagine my surprise when I found out how addictive Shounen Manga is. So here are a list of my Top 5 manga series that I am looking forward to reading this 2017.

1. Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida

This one is just shamazing….. I can’t get enough of Tokyo Ghoul. I watched the anime but I find that it didn’t do the Manga enough justice. So I am going to read it all…..

What its about

Shy Ken Kaneki is thrilled to go on a date with the beautiful Rize. But it turns out that she’s only interested in his body—eating it, that is. When a morally questionable rescue transforms him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid, Ken is drawn into the dark and violent world of Ghouls, which exists alongside our own.

2. Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama

I binge watched the anime and I just have to find out how it all ends. So I’m off to read the manga. It is one super actionpacked epic series.

What its about

In this post-apocalytpic sci-fi story, humanity has been devastated by the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming mankind. Seemingly unintelligent, they have roamed the world for years, killing everyone they see. For the past century, what’s left of man has hidden in a giant, three-walled city. People believe their 100-meter-high walls will protect them from the Titans, but the sudden appearance of an immense Titan is about to change everything.

 3. Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori

My list is never complete without some fun Shujo manga. I have been wanted to read this one and also I just noticed that the story line reads like something out of a K-drama. Continue reading “Ramblings: Top 5 Manga Series I Have to Own”

Book review: Frostbite (The Dragonian Series #3) by Adrienne Woods

frostbite-sigilFrostbite (The Dragonian Series #3) by Adrienne Woods

Publication date: 8th March 2015

Rating:★★★★☆

Synopsis

Losing Lucian McKenzie, the Prince of her heart and discovering her true identity has made Elena Watkins’ life almost unbearable. However, new trials will test the 17 year-old’s strength and push her to limits she didn’t think were possible.

Only a mysterious offer from Blake Leaf, the Rubicon and a dragon predestined for evil, reveals there may be a light at the end of Elena’s dark tunnel.

With the life she thought she knew crashing down around her, Elena will have to face a monumental decision about the fate of Paegeia. She can either make peace with Blake’s demands or try once again to unravel the Queen’s secrets that lie deep within her dragon, Tanya La Frey’s, heart.

The third heart pounding novel in The Dragonian Series by Adrienne Woods.

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*Please note this review may contain spoilers from the previous books in the series.

The Review

It has been a while since I was seriously addicted to a series and I will be honest, this series is like a drug for me. I will be really sad when it is completely over because I just love it soo much.
S0…. a brief recap from the previous book, Elena is not a dragon (Surprised?) first a Thunderlight and now she is changing into a Rubicon just like Blake. Plus Lucian is dead and Elena just can’t seem to shake off the sadness she feels, the only comfort she feels is when Cara shows up (Don’t worry it will all make sense). Master Longwei has asked Blake to help Elena and even though she knows Blake hates her guts she can’t help but be drawn to him, especially when he is being nice.
Elena still knows that Lucian found out something that can help with the claiming of the Rubicon which is going to happen soon and she is determined to find out what it is but first she must find the Queen’s long-lost dragon.

What did I like? So back again for the 3rd book and I tell you it just keeps getting better. The story picks up from where book 2 left off, although we spend quite a bit of time reminiscing about Lucian (I sound like I don’t care right? but I really do). Elena started to get on my nerves a bit with her pity party, and I guess having the dragon Cara in the mix it made things a bit more fun.
I liked Blake better in this book, maybe because he just seemed a lot more gentle until he decides to self-destruct then things take a turn for the worse.
There is still a lot of information in the book which I thought was pretty pointless as it seemed to just fill in space. It was nice for Cheng to have a much bigger role, I think I like him…..
As usual, the author just plays with my emotions, because whenever I think I have the plot figured, she does the old switcheroo. There is soo much to this series that you can’t help but be entertained.
I loved the end of the book, that just means book 4 will be way way way better and I just can’t wait.

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Top 10 Upcoming Releases for February 2017

Hola! 2017 seems to be an awesome year with the all the awesome book releases coming up.

To make it easy for you here are my top 10 releases for February.

1. The Witch’s Tears (The Witch’s Kiss #2) by Katherin Korr

Publication date : 2nd February 2017

I had a bit of difficulty getting into book 1 and so I put it down and perhaps I might try it again and maybe I might like it.

About the book

Can true love’s kiss break your heart…? The spellbinding sequel to THE WITCH’S KISS by authors and sisters, Katharine and Elizabeth Corr. It’s not easy being a teenage witch. Just ask Merry. She’s drowning in textbooks and rules set by the coven; drowning in heartbreak after the loss of Jack. But Merry’s not the only one whose fairy tale is over. Big brother Leo is falling apart and everything Merry does seems to push him further to the brink. And everything that happens to Leo makes her ache for revenge. So when strangers offering friendship show them a different path they’d be mad not to take it…Some rules were made to be broken, right? The darkly magical sequel to THE WITCH’S KISS burns wickedly bright.

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2. King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard

Publication date: 7th February 2017

This has to be the most anticipated book for this year (or one of them). I am really eager to read this book and I do hope and pray that this is the final book in the series. If a book 4 is on the horizon I will really really really pissed.

About the book

In this breathless third instalment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

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3. Wintersong by S Jae-Jones

Publication date: 7th February 2017

About the book

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

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4. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Publication date: 7th February 2017

About the book

A new tour de force from the bestselling author of Free Food for Millionaires, for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone.

Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan.

So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

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5. My Not so Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Publication date: 7th February 2017

About the book

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.
Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.

But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.
Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.
And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?

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6. Around the Way Girl : A Memoir by Taraji P. Henson

Publication date : 9th February 2017

And for a little non fiction, I thought this would be a really great book to read or even listen to (audio book).

About the book

From Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner, Taraji P. Henson, comes an inspiring and funny book about family, friends, the hustle required to make it from DC to Hollywood, and the joy of living in your own truth.

With a sensibility that recalls her beloved screen characters, including Yvette, Queenie, Shug, and the iconic Cookie from Empire, yet is all Taraji, the screen actress writes of her family, the one she was born into and the one she created. She shares stories of her father, a Vietnam vet who was bowed but never broken by life’s challenges, and of her mother who survived violence both in the home and on DC’s volatile streets. Here too she opens up about her experiences as a single mother, a journey some saw as a burden but which she saw as a gift.

Around the Way Girl is also a classic actor’s memoir in which Taraji reflects on the world-class instruction she received at Howard University and the pitfalls that come with being a black actress. With laugh-out-loud humor and candor, she shares the challenges and disappointments of the actor’s journey and shows us that behind the red carpet moments, she is ever authentic. She is at heart just a girl in pursuit of her dreams.

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7. Gilded Cage (Dark gifts #1) by Vic James

Publication date: 14th February 2017

What a great book to keep you entertained on valentines day….. if you don’t already have plans. I have an ARC of this book and reading the synopsis really got me interested in where the story is going. If you ask me it feels like a Red Queenesque type of story, magic powers and freeing the oppressed and all that.

About the book

Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.
Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.
Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.
He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

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8. The Wish Granter (Ravenspire #2) by C.J Redwine

Publication date: 14th February 2017

For lovers of The Shadow Queen…. I am still not convinced Fairytale retellings are the best and i did’t hear great things about the first book from this author. Hopefully this one might be better. A little bit of Rumpelstiltskin to keep you company on valentines day.

About the book

An epic, romantic, and action-packed fantasy inspired by the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, about a bastard princess who must take on an evil fae to save her brother’s soul, from C. J. Redwine, the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen. Perfect for fans of Graceling and the Lunar Chronicles.

The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.

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9. A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E Schwab

Publication date: 21st February 2017

About the book

The battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star V. E. Schwab.

London’s fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.

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10. Lifeblood (Everlife #2) by Gina Showalter

Publication date : 28th February2017

About the book

My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning.

With her last living breath, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.

Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?

But Ten’s competition is Killian, the boy she can’t forget—the one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she’s never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Love…or victory.

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What books are you looking forward to this February?

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Book Review: Frostbitten by Heather Beck

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Publication date: 23rd June 2014

Rating:★★★☆☆

Synopsis
Great beauty hides dark secrets…Seventeen-year-old Anastasia Lockhart has never led an easy life, but when she starts getting into serious trouble, she’s sent to live with her grandparents in Cedar Falls. The small, picturesque town hasn’t changed since she visited four years ago, with one exception – the presence of a handsome, mysterious boy named Frost. Despite warnings from her grandparents and friends to stay away from Frost, Anastasia can’t deny their attraction, and the more time they spend together, the deeper in love they fall. Unfortunately, Frost has a secret that is beyond Anastasia’s wildest imagination, and she soon finds herself in the midst of a supernatural legend that has haunted Cedar Falls for years.

Can Anastasia and Frost’s love really overcome anything, or are their fates much darker?

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The Review

I always enjoy reading about wolves (Call it a Lupine fascination) so this one was no exception. The story revolves around Anastasia. A teen with a troubled past and a strained relationship with her mother is sent to live in Cedar Falls with her grandparents. She is initially not happy to return to this small town of her childhood but soon she starts to try to blend in. fbbaordEveryone seems welcoming but there is a secret she can tell that everyone is hiding. And then she meets Frost, a name just as mysterious as the owner. Even though she is warned countless times by her grandfather to stay away from him she just can’t help but be drawn deeper into Frost’s world. When rumors of the Cedar falls urban legend begin to come true, its up to Anastasia to decide on what she wants to believe. She also knows there is secret Frost is keeping from her will this new found love be able to withstand the truth Anastasia desperately seeks.

What did I think? This was actually a really great story but it just took me ages to finish the book. To be honest I got bored somewhere in the middle because Anastasia was just so super stupid.
I found the story a bit unrealistic because Anastasia was making decisions that any normal 17 year old would not make. Read it for yourself and tell me what you think.
I didn’t like that the family kept secrets as this caused more harm than good.
I really liked Frost, he was just super dreamy and who wouldn’t love someone like him. He just seemed extra clingy although I guess with the way he was brought up I can understand it.
The story moved a bit slow at the beginning, I enjoyed the final 30% of the book as that’s where the action and fun stuff was happening.
A great end to the book and I won’t lie I am keen to find out what will happen and I think the author is holding out on some secret with Anastasia. I kept expecting some revelation, but that’s just me so you can imagine my disappointment.
An overall good read would recommend if you like a good supernatural read.

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Spotlight : The Ceruleans Series Anniversary Party

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This February marks 2 years since the publication of the first Cerulean novel Death Wish and 1year since the publication of the fifth and final title of the series.

To celebrate this momentous occasion the novels are being relaunched with new covers, plus join the giveaway to win all five books in the series.

Buy the books here

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The giveaway ends on the on the 28th of Feb, just click HERE to enter

For a limited time get Book 1 Death Wish FREE!!!!

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Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Blake is haunted by death. Her sister has made the ultimate dramatic exit: run away from school, join a surfing fraternity, drown in a tragic ‘accident’.

Following in her sister’s footsteps, Scarlett comes to an isolated English cove to uncover the truth. And, as it turns out, to fall in love with the place and its people, especially a certain blue-eyed surfer with a serious case of the heroics.

But as Scarlett’s quest for the truth unravels, so too does her grip on reality as she’s always known it. Because there’s something strange going on in this little cove. A dead magpie circles the skies. A dead deer watches from the undergrowth. Hands glow with light. Power.

What transpires is a summer of discovery: of what it means to conquer fear, to fall in love, to choose life, to choose death.

To believe the impossible.

 

charlotte-wilsonAbout the Author

Once upon a time a little girl told her grandmother that when she grew up she wanted to be a writer. Or a lollipop lady. Or a fairy princess. ‘Write, Charlotte,’ her grandmother advised. So that’s what she did.
Thirty-odd years later, Charlotte is a professional writer. For authors and publishers, she writes and edits books as The Book Specialist. For herself, she writes soulful, coming-of-age romance for young adults.
Charlotte grew up in the Royal County, a hop, skip and a (very long) jump from Windsor Castle, but these days she makes her home in a village of Greater Manchester with her husband and two children. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her walking someplace green, baking up a storm, or embarking on a DIY project. She recently achieved a lifetime ambition of creating a library in her home to house her ever-increasing collection of books. She pretends not to notice that the shelves are rather wonky.

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