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Fantastic Fables: Singer of Death by Shona Husk

May 30th, 2015 @ 12:10 am
Posted by Kristie under Fantastic Fables Tags: Court of Annwyn Series, Court of the Banished Series, Paranormal Romance, Shona Husk, Singer of Death

Beautiful woman sleeping among fairies

Please welcome author Shona Husk! Singer of Death is Shona’s upcoming paranormal romance that features fairies! It is a part of the Court of the Banished series (book #2) which is a spin-off of the Court of Annwyn series (book #5). Singer of Death will be available on June 18, 2015! Today’s story incorporates Jack the the Beanstalk into the world of the fae.

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Jonah and the Beanstalk

I thought it would be fun to put my hero and heroine from the Singer of Death into Jack and the Beanstalk because the tale suited their talents (Bronwyn and Jonah are changelings, part fairy/part human)…of course things are a little different with Jonah in the role of hero.

For the longest time Jonah had known that he wasn’t a normal boy. He could talk to plants and they could talk to him. His father didn’t like this and often threatened him. His mother was too scared to speak up for her husband was an angry man.

One day she sent Jonah to market to pick up some bread. This was a job Jonah liked as it meant that he could get away from his father. In town he saw a girl. She was singing, but she kept her hood drawn up and her face turned down. All around her people were entranced. When she finished they threw coins at her feet.

Jonah watched as gathered them up and then waited for a new crowd to gather. Once again they became entranced by her voice, and paid her when she was done.

This time he stepped forward. “How do you do that?”

“It is my magic.” She picked up the coins and put them away. “How are you not affected?”

“Because I have magic.” And he explained about how plants did what he asked.

He forgot all about buying bread. He was so excited to have found someone like him. He wanted her to come home with him but she refused. She was only passing through, she had to sing to make enough to eat but people got suspicious if she stayed too long, and then she revealed the scars on her face.

Jonah was horrified that someone would do that to her. He wanted to help her. Maybe his parents would take her in. When he went home he was in terrible trouble, again, because he’d bought no bread home for dinner. His father threatened that the giant in the sky would come down and eat him for being so disobedient.

It was well known that the giant would come down and take cows and horses…he rarely took children as they were too small and bony. But the town owed the giant cows and horses, if they didn’t pay up he would kill them all…or so he said.

Jonah was tired of being threatened. He was also tired of being poor because the giant took too many of their cows.

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The strange girl was at the market again the next day and this time Jonah had a plan.

She needed money and the giant had plenty…he also had a goose that laid golden eggs. He introduced himself and then his idea. The girl, whose name was Bronwyn, listened to his plan and agreed that it sounded like fun. Anything was better than living from day to day. Jonah figured that if he had the golden goose he’d never need to go home.

So he spent his parent’s money on beans. Together the two children planted them. And Jonah started doing his magic. When it got dark they settled down to sleep, and wait.

In the morning the beans had grown into a vine that stretched into the clouds. The girl stared up, not worried about Jonah seeing her scars anymore. She smiled at him and began to climb. He followed. And for the rest of the day they climbed, up and up. By evening they had reached the land of the giant.

They moved quietly with Bronwyn humming softly putting anything that listened to sleep. Through the huge door they went and there they saw the giant at his massive table, four times the size of a normal table. Bronwyn sang as loud as she could. The giant looked around but, his eyelids became heavy then he fell asleep. Bronwyn kept singing. Jonah gathered up the goose, a golden flute and a few other trinkets. Then they ran.

Bronwyn sang as well as she could, but she knew the giant would be waking.

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They slithered down the beanstalk as fast as they could. The giant stumbling sleepily after them.

When Jonah’s feet hit the ground the giant was halfway down the beanstalk.

“Now what?” Bronwyn said. She was panting too hard to breathe.

“Now I make sure that the giant never steals from us again.” The vine began to loop around the giant, knotting around him and binding him up. The giant’s face turned red then purple. Then he stopped moving.

The town’s folk realised what had happened and the praised Jonah and Bronwyn for stopping the giant. Jonah and Bronwyn became King and Queen and they ruled a very prosperous town that was now free of the threat of the giant in the sky.

Jonah’s father was of course furious with his son for showing off…some people never change and can never be pleased no matter what you do.

And that is the story of how a girl with a magic voice and a scarred face and a boy no one liked saved their town and lived happily ever after.

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Shona HuskAbout Shona:

Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back.

With over forty published stories, ranging from sensual to scorching, she writes contemporary, paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi romance. Her latest release is Out of Rhythm, a Fremantle set rock star story.

You can visit Shona around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Shona Husk?

The Outcast Prince Lord of the Hunt The Changeling Soldier To Love a King The Tenth Life of Vicki Torres The Darkling Lord Singer of DeathThe Summons The Goblin King Kiss of the Goblin Prince For the Love of a Goblin Wa...Out of Rhythm Out of PlaceDark Vow Dark Secrets

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Singer of Death

Available June 18, 2015

About this Book:

Seductive…
An acid attack left Bronwyn scarred, but when she sings she is beautiful again. Her voice is hypnotic and powerful. For those moments she has control, no one can hurt her and no one is immune. Or so she thought.

Dangerous…
Jonah Sheppard is a thief on the run. When he meets Bronwyn his life begins to make sense. He isn’t human. He is a changeling like her. Their fairy blood has given them magic and he thinks they should use it. It’s a game she wants to play.

Intoxicating…
Bronwyn knows he only wants her for her voice, but she doesn’t care. And he knows that she could do so much better than a career criminal. A fragile trust grows but when they draw the attention of human and fairy authorities everything they know is torn away.

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Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

May 30th, 2015 @ 12:02 am
Posted by Zed under Review Tags: Fantasy, Holly Black, Review, The Darkest Part of the Forest, Young Adult

The Darkest Part of the ForestTitle: The Darkest Part of the Forest

Author: Holly Black

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: N/A

Publication Date: January 13, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 0316213071 (Little, Brown)

ISBN-13: 978-0316213073 (Little, Brown)

Reviewed by: Zed

Synopsis:

In the woods is a glass coffin. It rests on the ground, and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives….

Hazel and her brother, Ben, live in Fairfold, where humans and the Folk exist side by side. Tourists drive in to see the lush wonders of Faerie and, most wonderful of all, the horned boy. But visitors fail to see the danger.

Since they were children, Hazel and Ben have been telling each other stories about the boy in the glass coffin, that he is a prince and they are valiant knights, pretending their prince would be different from the other faeries, the ones who made cruel bargains, lurked in the shadows of trees, and doomed tourists. But as Hazel grows up, she puts aside those stories. Hazel knows the horned boy will never wake.

Until one day, he does….

As the world turns upside down, Hazel has to become the knight she once pretended to be. But as she’s swept up in new love, with shifting loyalties and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

The Darkest Part of the Forest, is the bestselling author Holly Black’s triumphant return to the opulent, enchanting faerie tales that launched her YA career.

Quick & Dirty: An action packed fantasy taking place in the queer town of Fairfold.

Opening Sentence: Down a path worn into the woods, past a stream and a hollowed-out log full of pill bugs and termites, was a glass coffin.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

This is the first book I’ve read by Holly Black and because of her close association with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan (who, by the way, are two of my favourite authors) I had very high expectations. I’m a little confused as to how I feel about this story. I can’t deny that the story was unique in its setting; a town where humans, faeries and monsters reside. The town and its inhabitants were described in such detail that it didn’t make me doubt it’s reality. At the same time, the book fell a leeetle short of my (very) high expectations.

When the sleeping horned boy awoke, I immediately thought this would cause a rift between the siblings since they had both been in love with him for as far back as they could remember. I’m glad to say that didn’t happen because that would definitely have been too predictable and boring. At the same time, it was sad to see the distance their secrets caused between them.

For all that they’d claimed that they could tell each other stuff, they told each other nothing.

It’s interesting to see how although there’s a clear divide between who is and isn’t a Faerie, there are times when the distinction isn’t as apparent. For example, when Ben is gifted/cursed with his music, he’s not a faerie but he wields a magical power that has often saved his and his sister’s life against the monsters. Then there’s the fact that even though faeries, monsters and humans live in the town of Fairfold, the locals know how to protect themselves so it’s not like the humans live in ignorance of the fair folk. Well, not all of them anyway.

“We love until we do not. For us, love doesn’t fade gradually. It snaps like a branch bent too far.” [faeries]

Ben is sweet, thoughtful and kind, but I preferred Hazel’s character, in spite of her often self-destructive and defensive traits; such as messing about with random boys but never allowing herself to have feelings for them. Hazel might act tough and at times, arrogant, but she loves her brother more than anything else and I found her self-sacrifice inspiring.

In general, her family wasn’t very good at talking about important stuff. And of all of them, she was the least good at it. When she tried, it felt like all the chains on all her imagined safes and trunks started rattling. If she started to speak, she wasn’t sure she’d be able to stop.

There was a lot of action (mainly Hazel fighting) going on but the story was well balanced with drama and romance. The Darkest Part is aimed at young adults but there were twists to the story that force the reader to re-evaluate what they’ve learned from before to fit the pieces together, making it a smarter read.

I definitely recommend this book because it was a capturing and fast-paced read, but I won’t deny that I anticipated more from The Darkest Part and was a little disappointed in my first book by Holly Black.

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And if there was another part of her that wished her parents were the kind who might protect her from needing to kill monsters all on her own, at eleven she already knew that was unrealistic. It wasn’t as if her parents didn’t love her; it was just that they forgot things a lot and sometimes those things were important.

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Early Review: Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber

May 30th, 2015 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: Fantasy, Mary Weber, Review, Siren's Fury, The Storm Siren Trilogy, Young Adult

Siren's FuryTitle: Siren’s Fury

Author: Mary Weber

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: The Storm Siren Trilogy (Book #2)

Publication Date: June 2, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 1401690378 (Thomas Nelson)

ISBN-13: 978-1401690373 (Thomas Nelson)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

“I thrust my hand toward the sky as my voice begs the Elemental inside me to waken and rise. But it’s no use. The curse I’ve spent my entire life abhorring—the thing I trained so hard to control—no longer exists.”

Nym has saved Faelen only to discover that Draewulf stole everything she valued. Now he’s destroyed her Elemental storm-summoning ability as well.

When Nym sneaks off with a host of delegates to Bron, Lord Myles offers her the chance for a new kind of power and the whispered hope that it may do more than simply defeat the monster she loathes. But the secrets the Bron people have kept concealed, along with the horrors Draewulf has developed, may require more than simply harnessing a darker ability.

They may require who she is.

Set against the stark metallic backdrop of the Bron kingdom, Nym is faced with the chance to change the future.

Or was that Draewulf’s plan for her all along?

Quick & Dirty: Epic high fantasy set in a captivating world with interesting characters, action packed adventure, and suspenseful plot! I have really enjoyed this series so far and can’t wait to read the final book!

Opening Sentence: Five minutes earlier…

Excerpt: No

The Review:

To start things off, I have to warn you that this review will contain spoilers for book one. It is pretty much impossible to review this book without giving away some spoilers as to what happened at the end of the last book. So if you haven’t read Storm Siren, I would recommend skipping this review, and I would also recommend you go and read Storm Siren now because this is an amazing series!

Nym was able to stop the war between Bron and Faelen, but the price she paid was way higher then she was expecting! Her beloved Eogan has been stolen from her by the evil Draewulf, and now her precious elemental powers are gone as well! She always thought of her powers as a curse, but now that she has finally mastered how to use them she feels worthless without them.

As a ship of delegates are getting ready to take off for negotiations with Bron, Nym decides she should go along. She knows that Draewulf is planning something terrible and even though she no longer has her powers she can’t just stand idly by, and watch him destroy everything she has worked to protect. She also learns that there are new abilities she can obtain that may help her to save the man she loves, but these new abilities are much darker and harder to control then her elemental powers. With war coming and everyone Nym holds dear in jeopardy, she must find a way to defeat Draewulf once and for all!

Nym is just one of those characters you can’t help but love. She is a strong heroine that has been through a lot and she has had to learn to take care of herself. Throughout this book she goes through many difficult changes in her life, but instead of running away like most people would she fights back.  Her determination to save the people she loves knows no bounds and even though she makes many mistakes along the way she always tries to do the right thing! You also get to see a much darker side to her personality, and the struggles she endures throughout the book made me respect her even more then I already did. One of my favorite things about Nym is her moody attitude, she can be pretty feisty at times, but she can also be a total sweetheart too. She is such a well rounded character and I can’t wait to see where her story goes next!

The cast of secondary characters is pretty big, so I am just going to talk a little bit about a few of my favorites! To avoid any major spoilers I’m not going to talk about Eon and Draewulf, but I will say they were both written brilliantly! The first person I want to mention is Lord Myles. In the first book he is a pretty minor character and for the most part I didn’t really care about him all that much. But he plays a much bigger part in this book, and I think he was probably one of my favorite characters. He is a sly person and I honestly can’t tell you if he is a villain or a hero. Everything he does is calculated and he isn’t a very honest person, but he has rare moments where his good qualities shine through. The best thing about his character was that he kept me guessing and I loved that.

The only other character I am going to mention is Rasha. She is a princess from the kingdom of Cashlin, and she has been sent as a delegate for her people during this time of war. Her and Nym have developed a good friendship throughout the story and I loved watching them interact together. Rasha is one of the only people that will stand up to Nym and tell her how stupid she is acting at times. She is the type of friend that will hold you accountable for your actions, but she will bend over backwards to help you. There is still much to Rasha that remains a mystery and I am excited to see how things play out for her in the next book.

Siren’s fury is an epic high fantasy brimming with adventure, romance, and intrigue! After the terrible cliffhanger I was left with in Storm Siren, I have been desperate to read this book and it did not disappoint! I will admit that the beginning of the book started out a little slower then I would have personally liked, but it soon picked up and I found that I couldn’t put it down. I love how the story developed and grew from the first book! The world that Weber has created is so captivating and intriguing! There was very little romance in the book, but what was present was perfection! I truly enjoyed the entire cast of characters and each one of them left their own little stamp on my heart! The plot really thickened and while the ending wasn’t nearly as heart wrenching as the first book, it still left me dying to see what’s going to happen next. High fantasy has always been one my favorite genres and this series has quickly claimed a spot in my favorites! I would recommend everyone give this series a try, especially if you are a fan of high fantasy!

Notable Scene:

“What the?” The siren in my veins begins fluttering and beating, like a bird flailing through. I try to jerk away, and for a second, I swear a cry breaks out from my rib cage before the hot surge courses in and cools to harden like doused metal underneath my skin, searing my blood to my bones. The siren’s scream falls silent and there is nothing but heaviness.

My powers.

My ability…

I twitch my wrist at the sky to resummon the storm, but the clouds keep dissipating. What in hulls? I wrench harder, twisting my fingers to claim the night air, the wind, the rain.

Except it’s not there.

It’s gone.

As if my Elemental blood has been drained and I am left a normal non-Uathuil, Faelen person.

“What did you do?”

The Storm Siren Trilogy:

1. Storm Siren

2. Siren’s Fury (June 2, 2015)

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Fantastic Fables: Waking the Dragon by Juliette Cross

May 29th, 2015 @ 12:10 am
Posted by Kristie under Fantastic Fables Tags: Juliette Cross, Paranormal Romance, Vale of Stars Series, Waking the Dragon

Beautiful woman sleeping among fairies

Please welcome author Juliette Cross! She has a new series called the Vale of Stars! It is a paranormal romance featuring dragons! Waking the Dragon will be released on June 9, 2015 from Lyrical Press/Kensington. Enjoy Juliette’s spin on Little Red Riding Hood below!

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Hi, everyone. First, thank you to the team of DARK FAERIE TALES for inviting me on the blog for the Fantastic Fables Event. It’s a pleasure to be here. I’ll be sharing a new tale I wrote with my protagonists from WAKING THE DRAGON (June 2015). This story is set in a fantasy world where humans live alongside a dragon hybrid race, called the Morgons.  Moira Cade is a human woman investigating the murders of three young women in the Gladium Province. Kol Moonring is a strong, fierce Morgon who has been assigned to protect her as she delves deeper into the Morgon underworld. The scene that follows would fall right after the chapter where Kol brought Moira to the home of an ancient wiseman who lives in a mystical forest called Singing Wind Wood. This little tale follows the lesson of “Little Red Riding Hood” that a girl should never stray from the path with wolves waiting in the shadows.

The Beast in the Woods

I stepped beyond the cluster of trees, wandering away from the old wise man’s cottage. A pool of moonlight beckoned me, glazing the grass silver. No snow covered the ground but the biting chill warned it was coming soon. Past the craggy treetops, naked limbs bending in the winter wind, the moon beamed among a sea of glistening stars.

“Don’t stray too far.” Kol’s deep voice boomed directly behind me.

I jumped with a yelp and whirled. “Damn it. Don’t scare me like that.”

Moonlight gilded his black hair and dark, jagged wings with lines of silver. His fey eyes burned an unearthly blue. A shadow parted his face, darkening the half where a reddened scar ran from cheek to chin. He was an intimidating specimen of Morgon man—all brawn and hard angles.

His body remained stone, but his chin dipped lower as he drank me in. “You’re too curious for your own good, Moira.”

I took a step closer, falling into his shadow. “I’m an investigative reporter. Of course, I’m curious. I do what I must for the good of the people, for the truth.”

“The truth. And what truth are you seeking?”

“Who is murdering these girls, of course? And for what purpose?”

“Does a predator need a reason to slaughter prey?” He inched closer. His voice rumbled low and smooth.

“No. But these aren’t animals.”

“Perhaps they are. What do you know about the victims?”

I swallowed hard, remembering the crime scene photo of Maxine Mendale. Naked, violated, slit from neck to pubic bone and thrown into the snow like a butcher’s carcass.

“The victims were brutalized and murdered. Then thrown out like trash.”

“Precisely. Sounds like animalistic behavior to me, devoid of reason.”

I blew out a frustrated breath, meeting his steady gaze. “Stop dancing around the issue. What exactly are you saying? That animals did this? We know that’s not true.”

“We have forensic proof that Morgons committed these crimes.” His voice resonated with endless patience, though his tenor darkened. “But you’re still investigating as if humans were responsible. Logical humans with proper motive guiding their behaviors.”

“And you think I’m wrong?”

“I believe you’re viewing this from a human’s perspective.”  He partially opened his wings then tightened them to his back, drawing my gaze to the sharp movement over his broad shoulders. “We are only half human, Moira. And there are a number of Morgons who serve the needs of their inner dragon more than their human counterpart.”

I locked onto his gaze, refusing to inch backward as my instincts urged. I was indeed in the presence of a beast. A powerful one.

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“You’re…inner dragon. He urges you to maim and murder? That’s what you’re telling me?”

“I’m telling you that a beast resides within all Morgons. Centuries-old DNA compels us to act on particular urges. I’m telling you that our cravings and instincts often lean toward violence, brutality, and the carnal.” He paused, letting the last tighten the tension between us. “Some Morgons allow their dragon to take the reins and do what he wills.”

A shiver shot down my spine. The wind ghosted through the trees, bare branches creaking and knocking together like an old woman’s bones. The breeze lifted a tendril of my dark hair which crossed my face and caught on my lip. I pulled the loose strand away and tucked it behind my ear, all under the watchful gaze of the biggest, baddest Morgon I’d ever known. Charged energy sizzled in the air. An invisible electric current rolled off of the preternaturally still beast in front of me, raising the tiny hairs on my arms.

“Tell me, Moira. What do you know of dragons?”

I licked my lips, though my mouth had gone bone dry. “They have superior senses of vision, hearing, and smell.”

“All the better to detect our enemies.”

His body heat filled the sliver of space separating us. “They can breathe fire.”

“All the better to protect our treasure.”

I clenched my fists, willing myself not to cower away. “They can fly.”

His wings twitched. “Easier for the chase.”

A gust of wind blew across the clearing, loosening my hair again. The wayward strand once more flipped across my face. Kol’s supernatural gaze narrowed. I stepped back, but his hand shot out and wrapped my arm, holding me still as he pressed into my space, his chest grazing mine. His other hand lifted. I froze, heart hammering a frantic beat. With a gentle stroke, he glided his fingers across my cheek, pulling the strand free and tucking it behind my ear. His thumb lingered along my jaw.

“Do not be afraid, Moira.” He curled his fingers around my nape. “Yes. A dragon lives inside me. He breathes fire and lusts for blood…and for pleasure.” His thumb stroked down to my pulse-point. “But he’ll never harm you.” His fingers tightened a split second before he pulled his hand away. He kept his body wonderfully close. Painfully close. Blue-fire eyes burned through me in the dark. “Never.”

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Juliette CrossAbout Juliette:

Juliette calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where the landscape curls into her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories. She has a B.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education, and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school. Her love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant inspiration for her works. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance–brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

You can visit Juliette around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Juliette Cross?

Waking the DragonForged in Fire Sealed in Sin Bound in BlackSoulfire Windburn Nightbloom

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Waking the Dragon

Available June 9, 2015 from Lyrical Press/Kensington

About this Book:

The Gladium Province is on the verge of civil unrest as humans and Morgons, the dragon-hybrid race, clash once more. But amid disorder can also arise passion.

When the bodies of three human women are discovered in Morgon territory—with the DNA of several Morgon men on the victims—it’s just a matter of time before civil unrest hits the Province. But for ambitious reporter Moira Cade, it’s more than just a story, and it may mean risking her own life.

Descending into the dark underworld of Morgon society, Moira is paired with Kol Moonring, Captain of the Morgon Guard, for her protection. Fiercely independent, Moira bristles at his dominance, and defies his will at every turn. Yet resistance proves futile when passion flares between them, awakening powerful emotions within both, body and soul. But as the killings continue, can their fiery newfound bond survive an even greater evil—one that threatens all of humanity, Morgonkind, and Moira’s very soul?…

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Early Review: The Escape by Hannah Jayne

May 29th, 2015 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Angela under Review Tags: Hannah Jayne, Mystery, Review, The Escape, Young Adult

The EscapeTitle: The Escape

Author: Hannah Jayne

Genre: YA Mystery

Series: N/A

Publication Date: July 7, 2015

Format: Paperback, 256 Pages

ISBN-10: 1492616540 (Sourcebooks Fire)

ISBN-13: 978-1492616542 (Sourcebooks Fire)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

Not everyone who goes into the woods comes out….

It was supposed to be a short hike, a way for Fletcher and Adam to kill time one boring afternoon. But when day turns into night and neither boy returns home, their town is thrown into turmoil.

Search teams comb the forest. Then Avery, the police chief’s daughter, stumbles on a body. It’s Fletcher-disoriented, beaten, and covered in blood. He has no memory of the incident, and worse yet, he has no idea what happened to the still-missing Adam….

As danger and suspicion grow, one thing becomes very clear: No one can escape the truth.

Quick & Dirty: A psychological thriller, a little more than the normal whodunit.

Opening Sentence: “Come on, loser! Adam yelled over his shoulder.”

Excerpt: No

The Review:

I was grabbed and hauled along for the ride. Two boys go for a hike in the woods, Adam and Fletcher. In less than 24 hours they go missing and a search is organized. Avery is the police chief’s daughter and she is the one who stumbles onto Fletcher. He’s badly beaten and barely alive, but Adam is nowhere to be found. A couple of days later Adam is found dead.

So the set-up is there, all the players are laid out and now we are off on the ride to figure out who did it. Let me say, that I did enjoy the book immensely; it was suspenseful and kept you on the edge. That is what I like in a thriller, not suspecting until near the conclusion who really killed Adam. Avery is a resourceful and intelligent main character trying to solve who attacked one of her friends and killed another. One of the things I really liked about her and why she made a strong connection with me is her willingness to stand up for what she believes in. That is a strong message for a YA book and a really positive one for young girls. Doing what you know or believe to be right might not be the popular choice, but it makes you a better person. Avery is the very definition of that, she goes out of her way throughout the whole book to be a friend and a real human being.

I really hate spoilers, so I am going to throw in some teasers so you can see what I mean. The elements involved really make you wonder what is going on. Is there something sinister, paranormal or what, and playing that guessing game really is what makes this book good. For example, before Fletcher even comes home from the hospital he is hearing voices, or whispers. In that same instance Avery runs into a police officer who says he was just visiting Fletcher, but when Avery asks Fletcher about it he has no clue who the police officer is. There are more of these scenes in the book and they all help set up the suspense and keep you guessing about what really happened.

Notable Scenes:

“The person who did this to Fletcher- the person who attacked him and Adam-had to be a monster.”

“Oh my God, I’, like every stupid girl in a horror movie.”

“Adam was pointing to a crisscross of bleached, white bones.”

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FTC Advisory: Sourcebooks Fire provided me with a copy of The Escape. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. All quotes may be different in the finished copy.

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