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It the book Fracture by Megan Miranda, Delany is rescued after being trapped underwater for eleven seconds. Everyone calls it a miracle when she has nothing wrong with her. Delany calls is an abnormality, anomaly, or a mistake, especially when the MRI results of her brain come back. As she continues the healing process, she discovers that there is something different inside of herself. Delany feels an unavoidable pull towards certain people and she is working to discover what exactly causes it. Unfortunately, things continue to get worse. Delany’s parents accuse her of accidentally causing the death of a neighbor, her best friend doesn’t trust her anymore, and she can’t keep her 4.0 GPA. Delany is trying to discover who her true friends are and how to maintain a balance between being normal and her new found abnormality.

I started this book one evening before going to bed and the only reason I put it down was to go to work. I really enjoyed how it flowed as well as how it kept me guessing as to what Delany would do about each situation. The book amazed me with how quickly it caught my interest and maintained it throughout the entire novel. It was interesting to see the various dynamics between the different characters and how her opinions of each individual changed when new facts were presented about them. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and would definitely recommend it to others!

You can read an excerpt here.

 

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Title: Fracture

Author: Megan Miranda

Format:  Hardcover, eBook

Page Nos.: 272

ISBN: 978-0802723093

Release Date: January 3, 2012

Publisher: Walker Books

Reviewer: Jillian

Jaines Cord helped craft the gun that killed her husband, at his funeral she vowed to kill the man who killed him with it. In Dark Vow by Shona Husk Jaines lives in a world where the magical Arcane society rules most things including the inability of women to be members of a guild and practice any trades. With the death of her husband, Jaines is forced to close down the smithy because the penalty for women practicing trade is the loss of fingers. Jaines sets off on a journey to track down the killer with very little money and only a small idea of how to track him down until she meets up with Obsidian.

Obsidian is a man with secrets. Having been cursed by a mage, he is slowly turning to stone and needs to Jaines help to break the curse. Obsidian is attracted to the strong-willed Jaines but worries that their current plan of action of will get them killed.

Dark Vow  is a fantasy novel with a very set magical society. Several of the Carina Press titles I have read and reviewed have been first person, I find this refreshing and really enjoy the personal experience first person point of view gives to the novel. I have to admit I struggled with the beginning of Dark Vow because it begins with the death of Jaines’ husband Lance but the premise of the novel was intriguing so I kept reading. The world Shona Husk has created is complex with a clearly defined society and roles. Jaines’ character was strong and the more I got to know Obsidian the more I liked him. Dark Vow reads more like a fantasy novel then a traditional romance novel, the magic and complex society with the fantastical elements  made for a great read once I really got into the story.

You can read an excerpt here.

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Title: Dark Vow

Author: Shona Husk

Format:  eBook

AISN: B005UPRO4A

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: November 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, Carina Press

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Evie dreams of being a normal teenager, with all that that entails especially a locker at a high school, but you can’t be normal when you work and live at the International Paranormal Containment Agency. In Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, Evie is the only being who can neutralize supernatural creatures so she spends her time bagging and tagging the things that go bump in the night but when a new type of shapeshifter is brought in, Evie starts to spend time with the teenage boy and starts to question who she is, where she came from, what exactly it is she is doing by working for IPCA.

To make matters more complex, IPCA has discovered a way to make faeries open doorways for them to travel instantly from place to place but Evie is the only who sees the danger in this. Chased after by her ex-boyfriend, Evie worries what exactly it is that he is after and what is could cost her in the long run. When IPCA is attacked, Evie must decide to who to trust and what she needs to do to stop the killing of supernaturals.

I picked up Paranormalcy at Border’s going out of business sale and it has sat in my TBR pile for a little while waiting for me to have some time to read it (among the other 40 books waiting to be read), I am disappointed I waited so long. Evie’s character is strong and yet you get a real feel for her loneliness and her desire to be loved. White’s portrayal of Evie mistaking what she had with her ex-boyfriend as love and yet her desire to give into to feeling that way again with him was well done, showing a complexity of character and relationship that was fabulous! So often YA authors portray a relationship ending as feelings immediately being cut off and that is not how it is, White’s world is fascinating, complex and yet heartwarming at the same time.  I couldn’t put Paranormalcy  down and highly recommend it!

Paranormalcy Reading Order:

Paranormacly

Supernaturally

Endlessly (release date July 24, 2012)

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Title: Paranormalcy

Author: Kiersten White

Format: Paperback, Hardbound, eBook

Page Nos.: 368

ISBN: 978-0061985850

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: July 2010

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

Torrie Masters has had to work hard to convince her family to let her captain one of the freighters in their space transport company but she could lose that right when space pirates capture her ship on her very first run. Unmasked  by C.J. Barry begins with Torrie about to go down with the ship after having sent her crew off in a escape pod, but then the computer malfunction corrects itself and she finds herself being boarded by space pirates. Torrie isn’t about to let some space pirate ruin her flight, she is determined to track it and deliver it no matter who gets in her way.

Qaade has never left a captain alive from one of his pirate raids but something about Torrie makes him decide to let her live. He never suspects that Torrie will track him down and almost cost him everything he holds dear. Qaade decides to teach Torrie a lesson but as they spend time together they both are forced to reevaluate their preconceived notions. As they are drawn together, will these differences keep them apart?!

Unmasked is the fourth book in the Unforgettable series. After three books in the series, I was a little nervous that Unmasked would be a bit too formulaic but this was not the case.  I was excited that Torrie got her own story after her initial appearance in Unleashed. Torrie is a strong female lead, which she has to be with so many older brothers, but she has a soft gooey center that makes her so loveable.  Qaade is the strong hero who takes on the sins of the world onto his own shoulders, never giving himself  a break and seeing the small picture instead of the big picture that could help relieve him of some of the responsibility resting on his shoulders. The interplay between the two characters was great and in a small way tied into Unleashed but not enough that if you haven’t read the book you would be lost.

You can read an excerpt here.

Unforgettable Series:

Unearthed

Unraveled

Unleashed

Unmasked

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Title: Unmasked

Author: C.J. Barry

Format: eBook

AISN: B005JSK21U

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: October 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, eHarlequin

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

 

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