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Shield & Shade (Ascended Guardians Book 1) by Misty Hayes – Review by Deb Robinson

Shield & ShadeShield & Shade by Misty Hayes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Author Misty Hayes has hit a winner out of the park. This book was an amazing suspenseful, thrilling, tear inducing, emotional ride of teenager Zoey. Zoey is a high school student who has been having nightmares of being abducted when she was 5 years old. No one in her family will speak about what happened but they are very protective of her. Zoey likes to keep to herself and doesn’t have many friends except for the gorgeous all around all star Trevor until Cruz shows her friendship.

Life as she knows it, changes when Gabriel Stanton shows up at their door on Thanksgiving. The truth is exposed and all heck breaks loose. People are going in all different directions. Some to safety and some to another realm. Hold onto your pants because this is a tension filled ride. Just when you think the author has gotten to the pinnacle height she tops that and has you gaping. I found I was holding my breath as I read. Misty Hayes… wow wow wow. I need more of this.

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Shield & Shade (Ascended Guardians Book 1) by Misty Hayes – Review by Brittany Spry

Shield & ShadeShield & Shade by Misty Hayes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Riveting storyline that keeps you on the edge of your seat!

If you are looking for a story that keeps you wondering what will happen next, you have found it! If you want a compelling story with greater characters then you have found it.

When Zoey, a young girl learns the truth behind her disappearance at the age of 5, her life is thrown into a world of surprise! This story takes you along with her as she discovers what truly happened that night and the other secrets that have been held from her! It’s a whirlwind of emotions, heartbreak, and family.

If you want action that keeps you in suspense throughout a book this is a great one to read. It keeps you on your toes with twists and turns while still allowing you to love the characters you are reading about. It does have a bit of YA feel to it with the two main characters being young but the author does a great job of making an older audience feel welcome with the addition of the supporting characters.

I didn’t realize this was a spin-off to The Blood Dagger trilogy until after I had already started this book. I haven’t read the trilogy but imagine it may have helped with the storyline in Shield and Shade if I had read it before. Simply meaning I would have seen the bigger picture a bit clearer. This book explains the necessary bits and pieces and can be read alone and still quite enjoyable.

Overall, I loved the storyline in this book. It captivates you and keeps you wondering what else could possibly go wrong! The only complaint I had was the switching perspectives sometimes lost me and I would have to take a second to get into the mindset of the next characters (which is likely my issue as a reader haha!) But in general, this story was great and worthy of reading. It definitely reminds me of Mortal Instruments and stories along those lines. I look forward to reading more from this author!

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Tangled Roots (Witches of Willow Creek: Tangled Magic Series Book 1) by Denise D. Young – Review by Erica Shoebridge

Tangled Roots (Tangled Magic, #1)Tangled Roots by Denise D. Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my gosh guys, this book is great. The writing is amazing and so seamless it was easy to fall into this book and feel like I was there with Cassie and Nick in the forest. Loved the descriptions of the women in the coven, and seeing how the knowledge and magic was passed down through the generations. I found myself trying to figure out what my elemental would be if I were a witch. I definitely need to read the next books in this series, because I have so many questions, and I need to see what happens! Fantasy, romance, and YA lovers, buy this book!

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Carnival of Shadows (Black Water Magic Book 2) by Leslie Scott – Review by Erin Wolf

Carnival of Shadows (Black Water Magic #2)Carnival of Shadows by Leslie Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give Carnival of Shadows: A Teagan Blackwater Urban Fantasy Novel (Black Water Magic Book 2) by Leslie Scott, 5 stars.

I’m pretty sure this is the first book I have read by this author and I was blown away! Urban fantasy is my favorite genre, so the bar is set high for my expectations. I was in love immediately. Tegan is absolutely wonderful as a main character. She is just trying trying her best to take care of those she loves, and she does a spectacular job of it. The secondary characters are great too. They really solidify this great story and make it something even better.

Then there is the story. It grabs onto you immediately a does not let go. Full of action, suspense, heartache, romance and humor, this book has it all. The amount of different supernatural brings was refreshing too; I love variety. I have not read book one yet, but I plan on remedying that soon. Go read this book, you will love it!!!

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Carnival of Shadows (Black Water Magic Book 2) by Leslie Scott – Review by Erica Fish

Carnival of Shadows (Black Water Magic #2)Carnival of Shadows by Leslie Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the Black Water Magic series. I found this book just as interesting as the first one. The descriptive language made a clear picture in my mind’s eye as I read the book. There are plenty of paranormal characters to enhance the romance that is within the book pages. The characters really bring this story to life. The story is set around Teagan and everything that is going on with her. There is a carnival and who doesn’t love a good carnival. I highly recommend this book to see how Teagan handles everything.

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Carnival of Shadows (Black Water Magic Book 2) by Leslie Scott – Review by Kayla Bullock

Carnival of Shadows (Black Water Magic #2)Carnival of Shadows by Leslie Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Carnival of Shadows is the second book in the Black Water Magic Series by Leslie Scott. Teagan is dealing with a lot–the death of her beloved grandmother, taking over her grandmother’s role as Swamp Witch, and dealing with a developing romantic relationship, as well as a new, young witch in the neighborhood. But then the carnival comes to town…an evil carnival, bringing back the one person Teagan never wanted to see.

Carnival of Shadows is an excellent read. However, I do wish I had read the first in the series before this one. I highly recommend this as the story seems to continue from where the first novel ended. The characters are great, and the setting is amazing. I loved the idea of the evil carnival! Descriptive and a fun read, Carnival of Shadows has made me an instant Leslie Scott fan!

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Hell in a Handbasket (Life is Hell Book 3) by Naomi Valkyrie Review by Jasmin Slagle

Hell In A Handbasket (Life is Hell #3)Hell In A Handbasket by Naomi Valkyrie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oren and Teivel are shockingly perfect for each other. Even if they are supposed to be “mortal” enemies, that aren’t so mortal. I love their connection and chemistry. This book is a real page turner. I fall more in love with this series with every book.

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Hell Hath No Fury (Life is Hell Book 2) by Naomi Valkyrie – Review by Jasmin Slagle

Hell Hath No Fury (Life is Hell #2)Hell Hath No Fury by Naomi Valkyrie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you love paranormal romance than this is a great book. Sheridan and Millicent start off a little bit rough but I love their story. Juniper Falls seems to be a place to run like Hell from. But, for the paranormals there it seems to be matchmaker island. Can’t wait to read the next one.

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No Rest for the Wicked ( Life is Hell book 1) by Naomi Valkyrie – Review by Jasmin Slagle

No Rest for the Wicked (Life is Hell #1)No Rest for the Wicked by Naomi Valkyrie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Delilah Hawthorne is a vengeance demon, yes she’s a killer. But, enough is enough, she’s tired. She moves to a small town for peace but things go sideways. Naomi Valkyrie brings new meaning to demons and the paranormal. Great read, very fun, and love the characters.

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Carnival of Shadows (Black Water Magic Book 2) by Leslie Scott – Review by Vanessa Watts

Carnival of Shadows (Black Water Magic #2)Carnival of Shadows by Leslie Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was a new read for me, outside of my usual choices, however I could not put it down. I think it caused many sleepless nights and itching to continue reading through to the end. The characters were wonderfully developed and portrayed, so much so I could picture them in my head. If you are looking for an action packed, magic filled, roller coaster ride that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next while keeping you on the edge of your seat this is it!
This book pulls you in from the very first page with Teagan helping a teenage witch discover her abilities while attempting to reign in her own emotions after losing her grandmother. She must go through the trials and tribulations of dealing with loss all while trying to get a handle on taking over her inheritance and discovering what exactly comes with being the swamp witch. This is brought to the breaking point when the carnival comes to town, that is bent on destroying what she has built. Is what Teagan’s grandmother taught her enough? Can she find a way to protect all her charges without losing herself in the process? Will the residents of Firewater Springs make it out unscathed? No spoilers given here, you’ll have to read to find out but I assure you that it is well worth the journey!

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