Illuminated by Jackie Castle {Preview}

Alyra, mockingly known as Princess, was captured at an early age by the evil ruler, Darnel, and brought up in the dark land of Racah. At the age of seventeen, she considers herself nothing special. She has no recollection of who she is or where she came from. Her hope of ever finding freedom dims.

Until the messenger arrives. Until he brings to light the meaning behind the medallion she’s kept hidden. Until she accepts the blinding truth.

Now she flees for her life.

Alyra’s journey leads her down a narrow road with strange traveling companions. Together, they encounter a kingdom where nothing is what it first seems.

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Wisdom’s Kiss, now available in paperback!

*Review originally posted in September 2011* Wisdom’s Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdock Later generation novel of Princess Ben Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Age Range: Young Adult (12+) Grade Range: Grades 7+ Pages: 320 paperback Date: January 15th, 2013 (orig. Hardcover Sept. 2011) Publisher: Graphia, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt It all started in the spring of 2008 while in the library I discovered a gorgeous cover on a novel in the New Releases section entitled Princess Ben. I was not necessarily looking for a young adult, or teen girl read, but the cover was awesome and gorgeous so I decided to check it out. A week later, I ordered myself a copy and convinced my sister she needed one as well. Princess Ben was my first introduction to Catherine Gilbert Murdock and will not be my last! When a few weeks ago I discovered there was a new Fantasy. . .

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Judge by R.J. Larson {Preview}

Kien Lantec, you will bear witness to my followers in ToronSea.

The last thing Kien Lantec expects on his first day of military leave is to receive marching orders from his Creator, the Infinite. Orders that don’t involve destroyer-racing or courting the love of his life, Ela. Adding to Kien’s frustration, his Infinite-ordained duties have little to do with his skills as a military judge-in-training. His mission? To warn the people of ToronSea against turning their backs on the Infinite to worship a new goddess.

Tell them I see they are beguiled. Tell them I seek their hearts. The wise will hear Me.

But why Kien? Isn’t this the role of a true prophet, such as Ela of Parne? Seeking answers, Kien visits Ela and finds her stricken by a devastating vision of her own. Her birthplace, Parne, has forsaken their Creator and will soon suffer judgment. Pulled in separate ways, each must seek to follow the Infinite’s leading…and hope He will reunite them again soon.

Child of dust, will you be My servant?

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Starflower by Anne Elisabeth Stengl {Preview}

The Black Dogs Are on the Hunt, But Who Is Their Prey?

When a cursed dragon-witch kidnaps fairest Lady Gleamdren, the Bard Eanrin sets boldly forth on a rescue mission…and a race against his rival for Gleamdren’s favor. Intent upon his quest, the last thing the immortal Faerie needs is to become mixed up with the troubles of an insignificant mortal.

But when he stumbles upon a maiden trapped in an enchanted sleep, he cannot leave her alone in the dangerous Wood Between. One waking kiss later, Eanrin suddenly finds his story entangled with that of young Starflower. A strange link exists between this mortal girl and the dragon-witch. Will Starflower prove the key to Lady Gleamdren’s rescue? Or will the dark power from which she flees destroy both her and her rescuer?

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The Enchanted Attic by L.L. Samson

Award-Winning Author Lisa Samson Offers an Imaginative Twist on a Classic Tale

Linus and Julia Easterday find themselves in the strangest situations. Repeatedly. And it’s entirely their own fault.

Samson, the author of over twenty-five books, draws kids in through a witty narrator who never takes the job too seriously, a fun plot, and quirky characters with heart. Parents, teachers, and librarians will find The Enchanted Attic series a great tool for introducing children to classic literature and inspiring a love for great writing.

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The Blackhope Engima by Teresa Flavin

An ancient painting, a magical labyrinth, and skeletons found in a locked room.

For centuries, Blackhope Tower has been shrouded in intrigue, centering on a labyrinth and painting in the Mariner’s Chamber. When fourteen-year-old Sunni Forrest visits the tower and sees her stepbrother, Dean, disappear, seemingly into the painting itself, she must find him and risk being drawn into the heart of the Blackhope enigma. This action-packed debut follows Dean, Sunni, and her friend Blaise on a journey to the heart of an age-old mystery.

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Blog Tour – Author Janalyn Voigt’s DawnSinger

Please join us for an interview with author Janalyn Voigt upon the release of her speculative fiction, DawnSinger at my blog, What a delightful read! If you liked Lord of the Rings, you will like DawnSinger. Leave a comment to be in a drawing for a $25 Starbuck’s gift card and an autographed copy of her novel.

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Ascendant (Killer Unicorns, #2) by Diana Peterfreund

Astrid Llewelyn is now a fully trained unicorn hunter, but she can’t solve all her problems with just a bow and arrow. Her boyfriend, Giovanni, has decided to leave Rome, the Cloisters is in dire financial straits, her best friend’s powers seem to be mysteriously disintegrating, and Astrid can’t help but feel that school, home, and her hopes of becoming a scientist are nothing but impossible dreams.

So when she’s given the opportunity to leave the Cloisters and put her skills to use as part of a scientific quest to discover the Remedy, Astrid leaps at the chance. Finally, she can have exactly what she want–or can she? At Gordian headquarters, deep in the French countryside, Astrid begins to question everything she thought she believed: her love for Giovanni, her loyalty to the Cloisters, and most of all her duty as a hunter. Should Astrid be saving the world from killer unicorns, or saving the unicorns from the world?

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Road to the Christys: The Merchant’s Daughter

Now, this is one I love and I am totally excited about her third novel coming out this late fall/winter! The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson Genre: Christian Historical Ages 15-18 Pages: 304 Trade Paperback Date Published: November 2011 Publisher: Zondervan Melanie Dickerson, the Award-Winning author of “The Healer’s Apprentice,” returns with another inspiring retelling of a classic fairy tale Following the success of her multiple award-winning debut novel, The Healer’s Apprentice, Melanie Dickerson revisits the alluring fairy tale world with an eagerly anticipated follow-up, THE MERCHANT’S DAUGHTER (Zondervan; December 2011; $9.99). Inspired by “The Beauty and the Beast,” THE MERCHANT’S DAUGHTER follows Annabel Chapman, the daughter of a once-wealthy merchant, whose fate changes when her family goes into debt and she is forced into the role of servant for the beastly Lord Ranulf le Wyse. In her new home, Annabel is burdened with a host of household duties, including. . .

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Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis

Just as readers have been transfixed by the stories, characters, and deeper meanings of Lewis’s timeless tales in The Chronicles of Narnia, most find this same allure in his classic Space Trilogy. In these fantasy stories for adults, we encounter, once again, magical creatures, a world of wonders, epic battles, and revelations of transcendent truths.

Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel in C. S. Lewis’s classic science fiction trilogy. It tells the adventure of Dr. Ransom, a Cambridge academic, who is abducted and taken on a spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra, which he knows as Mars. His captors are plotting to plunder the planet’s treasures and plan to offer Ransom as a sacrifice to the creatures who live there. Ransom discovers he has come from the “silent planet”-Earth-whose tragic story is known throughout the universe!

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