I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman–#Review–4.5 stars

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Don’t Miss Gayle Forman’s Newest Release–I Have Lost MY Way–Coming 3/27/18!


I have Lost My Way is a powerful and beautifully written novel. It’s a story of three teenagers who over the course of only one day, mature emotionally, and profoundly affect one another’s lives.

Freya, Haran, and Nathaniel were feeling depressed and lost. Although they were all strangers when they met accidentally in NYC, they became fast friends. Each one of the teens, unfortunately, carried deep psychological scars. Together, however, they found a way to help one another survive, heal and change.

I connected with each character in this book, but Nathaniel broke my heart. From a very young age, Nathaniel became the caretaker for his mentally ill father. When he met Freya and Haran in NYC, Nathaniel was at his breaking point. Freya, a famous teen singer, felt love only through her fans. She agonized over what would happen to her when her fans discovered her horrendous secret. Haran is a gay Muslim and ashamed of his sexuality. He’s in love with a male friend, and afraid to tell his Pakistani parents.

I have Lost My Way is a poignant story, yet heartwarming, and sweetened with a dash of romance. It’s a story about love, loss, friendship, and finding the strength to be who you really are.

Thank you, Penguin Publishing Group-Viking Books and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from Author’s page on Amazon)

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan and Elle in the US. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.


Hush Girl by Gloria Zachgo


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Gloria Zachgo’s Newest Captivating Release!


Hush Girl is a book about Nicki, a mother of two, whose life became unbearable because of unrelenting panic attacks and nightmares. When she finally sought professional help, the therapist suggested to Nicki, for her to start writing down whatever she could remember from her childhood. Nicki found that through her writing, repressed memories were coming back to her in bits and pieces. She just wasn’t sure if they were real or not. Nicki’s sister, Cindy, thought that Nicki was insane. Nicki began to question that same thing about herself.

The story really picks up in the latter half of the book, when Nicki’s memories start to become a present day reality. And her fears, not only her own, but her whole family’s as well. I found Hush Girl to be an enjoyable and captivating read.

Thank you, Gloria Zachgo, for my complimentary copy of Hush Girl.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover



*Seer of Souls* by Susan Faw*5-Stars

Seer of Souls is a cleverly crafted fantasy; filled with magic, intrigue, love, and betrayal.

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Cayden and Avery Tiernan didn’t know that royal blood ran through their veins. The secret of their birth was hidden, even from them. The twins were aware of the Primordial Prophecy but believed it was more of a myth than truth. Cayden and Avery certainly didn’t think that they had anything to do with the well-known Prophecy until two Primordial beings showed up to lead them to their destiny.

Wizard Mordecai Ben-Moses, had been locked in the Castle Cathair’s dungeon for seventeen years. Queen Alcina thought that if she tortured the old wizard long enough, that he would eventually cave, and give her the information she needed to capture Cayden and Avery. She was wrong. Frustrated and determined to please the Goddess of the Underworld, the Queen had evil spirits sent out to locate the twins, bring them back and to kill anything that tried to interfere with her mission.

Susan Faw does an extraordinary job building a fantasy world for the reader. I found the characters memorable, their dialogue realistic and the story plot compelling. Seer of Souls is an entertaining and engrossing read. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fantasy tale, well told.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*The Journey* by John A. Heldt

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I thoroughly enjoyed The Journey. This was a different sort of time-travel story for me, because, in The Journey, the time-traveler takes an active roll in changing history. Michelle Jennings, the heroine, and time-traveler takes a bold stance by helping people make better life choices. She is particularly interested in the teenager, Shelly Preston because Shelly is Michelle’s younger self.

In The Journey, the heroine finds that she has inadvertently traveled from the year, 2010 to the 1970’s, and comes face to face with her teenage self and her parents. Michelle makes it her mission to correct the poor choices she had once made in her life, and to save others from dying.

I found the storyline interesting and the writing compelling. If you are looking for something different, look no further.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Joshua’s Island* by Patrick Hodges*5-Stars

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Joshua’s Island is a well-written and moving story about a thirteen-year-old boy, who was ostracized, and bullied in school for three years. Joshua spent his days by himself, until the newest popular girl in school, Eve, was assigned to him, as his lab partner. Eve was devastated to know that she would be sitting next to the school’s outcast for an entire year. She did her best to let Joshua know just how unhappy she was about this arrangement; until she needed his help to pass the class. And then the unthinkable happened. She found herself not only liking Joshua but falling in love with him. Eve was beginning to realize that being part of the cool crowd wasn’t so cool at all. She was also terribly remorseful, about how she treated her non-cool best-friends.

Although Joshua’s Island is a young-adult read, I found myself thoroughly enjoying it. The main characters in the story are realistic and relatable, and their emotions raw and moving. This is a quality book that carries an important message. I highly recommend reading this superbly-written and touching novel.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

*Born of Treasure* by Jordan Elizabeth*5-Stars

Born of Treasure

Jordan Elizabeth proves herself to be a great storyteller, in her newest steampunk novel, Born of Treasure; the second book in the Treasure Chronicles series.

Clark and Amethyst continue to travel in book two across the West, steampunk style, with the sole purpose of stealing back Clark’s father’s inventions. Army Captain Greenwood, though, is determined to capture Clark. The Captain exposes, his evil narcissistic side to the world when he sets a trap to ensnare Clark by imprisoning an innocent family, Clark’s family, the Treasures. Captain Greenwood feels justified in his actions because Clark drank a military’s top-secret substance, which has given him special abilities. And once Clark consumed that liquid, he became Army property. This highly classified substance does not only give Clark the ability to see and talk to the dead but also to bring them back to life.

Clark’s father, Eric, has been deceased for eighteen years, but since his son can mingle with the dead, he talks to him and shows Clark where his inventions are. Amethyst has lost some of her snooty rich behavior, but because she’s still not street-wise, her actions often put her and Clark in danger. The only thing that bothered me about this book was that Clark and Amethyst didn’t tell their family right away about being married. Although, Garth and Georgette Treasure knew that Clark was not their child, the rest of the family did not.

I liked the addition of Clark’s gang in the story and how they stepped up to help Amethyst after she gave them a powerful paranormal demonstration. I enjoyed this well-written novel and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good coming-of-age steampunk story.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

**The Orb of Wrath**by Nic Weissman*5-Stars

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The Orb of Wrath is a compelling, well-written and meticulously crafted epic fantasy novel.

Teenage Erion and his “brother” Mithir are often sought out by rich and powerful men for their cunning and special talents. Their precarious assignments are usually laced with a good amount of uncertainty and risk. For one particularly dangerous mission, Erion and Mithir were tested along with a Knight, a magician and an elf, to see if their combined abilities would be sufficient enough for the treacherous, but critical mission. The five of them proved to be an unbeatable team.  Their new assignment would include, breaking into a vampire’s castle and stealing a treasured box that contained a highly valuable and secret item. The peculiar group’s journey would not be an easy one; it was swarming with unforeseen dangers, including dark caves and ravenous beastly monsters.

Nic Weissman has proven himself to be a gifted storyteller with a vivid imagination and world-building skills.

I would recommend The Orb of Wrath to any reader who enjoys epic young-adult fantasy novels, with a good vs. evil theme.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

**Children of the Blessing**by Perry Morris*5-Stars

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Children of the Blessing is a riveting and meticulously crafted coming of age, fantasy novel. It is also the first book in Perry Morris’s exciting epic series, The Lemurian Chronicles. The author does a phenomenal job in creating for the reader a magical world that is both suspenseful and compelling. I love a book that can seamlessly blend my reality with its world of fantasy and magic. Perry Morris’s book, Children of the Blessing, does just that.

During the monthly blessing ceremony, the Mage, Artio, was knocked off his chair when he attempted to bless the infant, Renn Demaris. The Mage and everyone around him were stunned and awed by the etched eagle that was seared by the Gods into the boy’s chest.

Renn was not the only one who would be marked for greatness, though. Two years after his birth, another child, Avaris, would also be marked by the Gods. These two boys were destined to be great and powerful in the world of magic. Their magnificent power could be used to do great good in the world or horrific evil. They alone would have to choose.

Centuries ago, a famous Mage, Greyfel, locked up a powerful, evil Warlock, Lord Monguninir, under a mountain. The Lord knew that his only hope of escape and eventual reign over the world was to win the allegiance of one or both of the marked boys. So the Lord sent his second in command, Master Warlock Kahn Devin to lure Renn and Avaris onto their side.

The two marked children suffered at the hands of the evil Warlock. They look upon their so-called blessing as a curse that had brought nothing but tragedy and death.

Children of the Blessing is a complex, multilayered, good vs. evil epic fantasy. The book has many intricately woven subplots that add depth and intrigue to the story. The characters are well-developed and have unique and individual personality traits. I have several favorite characters that I have grown fond of and can’t wait to learn more about them.

The book does not end with a cliffhanger but does leave the reader wanting to know more about a few characters and their unique predicaments. I found Perry Morris to be a talented author and one that I will most certainly follow. Book 2, Chaos Rising is due out next year, and I can’t wait to read it. I highly recommend picking up Children of the Blessing.
~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

**Murderous Little Darlings** by John Hennessy

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Murderous Little Darlings is an enjoyable, and well-written vampire novella. It is also the beginning of what is sure to be a great paranormal series.

Marcus, Rocco, and Juliana are beautiful triplets, almost angelic; some would say. They were also, accused of committing murder.

Marcus, the oldest of the triplets, was caught attacking and biting a young boy. While being interrogated, Marcus explained to the officers that he was only doing what was in his nature. No one believed, of course, the hogwash story that Marcus tried to spin about being a vampire, that was, until he disappeared.

A couple of officers didn’t want to admit that the boy was unnerving them. But, when several of their peers were found dead, with their throats ripped out, panic and disbelief spread through the station like a virus.

I’ll be anxious to read more of this unique series. I love a good vampire story, and I want to know more about these little devils.  For vampire lovers, Murderous Little Darlings will be a treat.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

**Escape from Witchwood Hollow** 5-Star YA by Jordan Elizabeth

The Escape From Witchwood Hollow

This book is a magnificently crafted coming of age, fantasy novel.
The story primarily revolves around three young women from three different time periods and their experiences in Witchwood Hollow.

The legend begins In 1670 when Lady Clifford flees from her home and family to save her own life. She takes refuge in the forest of Witchwood Hollow, and according to Legend is never seen again by her family.

In 1850, a young woman, Albertine Slack from England received a letter from her father asking her to come to America. He wrote saying that he had secured land in Arnn NY and had found a husband for her. Albertine arrived in NY, but she never made it to her father’s home. The innkeeper tried to persuade her to wait until her father came for her, but Albertine was too anxious. Her father lived only a mile away, so she couldn’t see the harm in walking it. Albertine’s grave mistake though was when she took a short cut through Witchwood Hollow.

In 2001, after becoming an orphan, Honoria moved to Arnn NY with her aunt, uncle and brother. Honoria wanted to fit in and feel part of her new school. So when two friends dared her to enter the enchanted woods, Witchwood Hollow, Honoria accepted the challenge. She was petrified of the witch however but walked in anyway. She found that instead of feeling terrified there was a strange calmness about the area. That peaceful feeling, however, left her abruptly when she started to hear voices that told her to run. Honoria made it out that day. She became obsessed though, with Witchwood Hollow and wanted to learn everything she could about it and the witch who lived there. It was almost as if the place was beckoning and luring her back.

The story is filled with magic, mystery and enough creepiness to keep the reader glued to their seat. I found the book captivating and meticulously crafted. The escape from Witchwood Hollow has many clever and unpredictable twists and turns in it. I thoroughly enjoyed this solid 5-star read and would highly recommend it to any young adult or adult looking for some excitement and intrigue.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

~5 out of 5 stars