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An intriguing YA Novel about a princess who has a great destiny ahead of her.  Elisa has a godstone in her navel.  This only appears once every hundred years and means the person who has it is born to do God’s will.  Elisa doesn’t feel special, in fact she feels anything but.  When she is given as a bride to a king from another country, she thinks that she will not succeed in being a wife and a queen.  But events transpire so that soon she is caught up leading a revolution while falling in love.  A heartwarming tale with lots of twists and turns.  But ultimately, this is the story of a girl who is trying to figure out her place in the world and rise to meet the challenges presented to her.

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In the sequel to Prophecy of Days, Caity Mac Fireland is still rolling on with her mission.  In book one she discovered she was part of an ancient prophecy and that she has to get the world ready for December 12, 2012 at which point the Mayans prophesied that the world would experience a shift in consciousness.  Caity has already brought teens from around the world together, but now she must confront the secret shadow government that is seeking to keep the world in a state of chaos.  If Caity is going to succeed in her mission, she needs to bring this secret group to its knees.  A fascinating book that delves more into the Mayan prophecies and different theories on the universe.  Yet it was also packed with a lot of action.  A good blend of philosophy and adventure.  Can’t wait for the next one to come out!

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Clarity by Kim Harrington

Another intriguing YA book.  Clare is part of a family of freaks.  She, her mom and her brother all have abilities.  Clare can touch something and get images, her brother can talk to ghost and her mom is telepathic.  They work together as a psychic family reading service on Cape Cod.  But when a gruesome murder strikes their small town, their business starts to flounder.  Clare is asked to help with the case and soon she is using her abilities to track down a killer.  There are enough twists and turns that you are surprised til the end (or just about).  It seems like there will be more after this since there are a few lines that are wrapped up.

 

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Very clever YA book.  London cannot remember her past, only her future.  Because of memory impairment, she sees glimpses of the future, but cannot remember what happens the previous day.  She leaves herself little notes and reminders to help her get her through her day, but it is still hard.  Enter Luke, a handsome boy that captivated London.  But she doesn’t seem him in her futures.  Why?  And what secrets does London have in her past that Luke will help reveal?  Utterly captivating, very clever YA book.

 

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The second book in the trilogy, Trial by Fire is about Bryn’s life as alpha of her werewolf pack.  Don’t worry, she is still human, but she is all alpha.  It was a good book, but not as gripping as the first in the series.  However, you really see Bryn coming into her own with all the trials and tribulations that an alpha must deal with.  When an injured werewolf arrives on her land, Bryn must decide what to do with him.  Add in some psychics and you have a mess.  But it is a well done book, very fast paced.  I enjoyed it.

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A well wrought tale.  Lin moves wither family to Germany where her father, a medieval scholar, is in search of a series of stained glass windows that will hopefully make his career.   But the glass is supposedly possessed by a demon and Lin starts to believe it might be true.  The reason Lin starts to wonder if there might not be a demon is because people are dying left and right and off things keep happening.  A local boy becomes friendly with Lin and it is through him that she learns more about the glass and the curse.  A fascinating read.

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This book got great reviews and I was anxious to listen to it.  The audio was read by Mandy Williams who is a phenomenal narrator.  When I red Entwined, it was her narration that kept me listening to the book, not the actual story.  In this story, we meet Sinda, who at 16, discovers that she is not real the royal princess, but was used as a place holder to keep the princess safe after a horrible prophecy is read.  Sinda has always believed she will one day be the ruled of Thorvaldor, but now must cope with life as a commoner.  First she is sent to live with her aunt, a dyer, but she is incapable of doing the mundane tasks commoner’s must.  However, she discovers that she has magic and decides to go back to the capital to get training.  She ends up in the house of an eccentric wizard and starts to learn about her magic.  But trickery is afoot and Sinda uncovers a dastardly plot that she knows she must put a stop to.

In the midst of this upheaval, is her bff Kiernan, who is an Earl’s son.  She thinks he will no longer want to be friends with her because she is now a commoner, but she couldn’t be more wrong.  And with his help, she will unmask a traitor to the throne and save Thorvaldor.  A thrilling tale with lots of twists and turns.

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