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Book Review and Blog Tour – The Fog by Amanda McKinney

The Fog
Amanda McKinney
(A Berry Springs Novel)
Publication date: December 4th 2018
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Romance

Former Marine turned ballistics expert, Wesley Cross is known around town for two things, his rugged good-looks and cocky attitude—until he finds his ex-girlfriend lying in a puddle of blood in his basement. The scene screams setup, but the discovery of a rare gem and a puzzling autopsy suggests the murder goes much deeper than that. Wesley will do whatever it takes to clear his name, including calling in a notoriously headstrong—and sexy—scientist.

While most little girls were playing dress up, Gwyneth Reece was digging in the dirt collecting bugs. Now one of the top forensic entomologists in the country, Gwen reluctantly accepts a job from a pushy cowboy and travels to the small, Southern town of Berry Springs. Heavy storms are brewing, and when she’s forced to check into the creepiest hotel she’s ever seen, she instantly regrets her decision to help out the former Marine.

Following up on a tip, Wesley heads to the Half Moon Hotel but quickly realizes his visit was not by chance. The killer lured him there, and suddenly everyone from the uptight bellman to the wealthy couple just passing through town become suspect. Bodies begin to disappear, and Wesley knows the killer will do anything to get to him…. including hurting the woman who’s kept his head spinning since he first laid eyes on her.

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The Fog is the first book I have read my Amanda McKinney, but it won’t be my last. I seriously could not put this book down.
I am a sucker for a great mystery. Throw in some romance, and I’m a goner. This is just what Ms. McKinney has accomplished.
From the start, I had to keep turning pages to see what was coming next. Nothing is as it seems, and when a grisly murder takes place in the home of one of the town’s beloved men five years after two disturbing murders, it is apparent that Wes is being set up, but by whom, and why!?!?!
When Gwen, one of the leading forensic entomologists of the day, is brought in, she brings a clue to light that has Wes’ head spinning.
The characters are very well-deserved, the chemistry between them is sizzling and the story-line is so engaging!
This is a must-read for mystery lovers – the perfect blend of suspense, intrigue and romance!

Author Bio:

Award-winning author of romantic suspense and mystery, Amanda McKinney wrote her debut novel, LETHAL LEGACY, after walking away from her career to become a writer and stay-at-home mom. Set in small, Southern towns, Amanda’s books are page-turning murder mysteries peppered with steamy love scenes, and include the BERRY SPRINGS SERIES and the BLACK ROSE MYSTERY SERIES, with many more to come.

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Book Review and Blog Tour – A Heritage of Death by Alexa Padgett

A Heritage of Death
Alexa Padgett
(A Reverend Cici Gurule Mystery, #2)
Publication date: October 23rd 2018
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller

An unconventional pastor. A brutal murder. To solve the case, one reverend will look for help from beyond the grave…

Reverend Cecelia “Cici” Gurule dreams of a bruised and bloodied woman who looks alarmingly like Cici. She’d like to pretend the dream is a nightmare and nothing more, but there are too many coincidences in her waking life to write it off. Like the baby that turns up on her porch–a baby that disappeared weeks before.

Cici and Detective Sam Chastain race to find the woman, but the killer finds her first. As the trail grows cold, Cici’s only chance to solve the mystery before she becomes the next target may be a clue left by her ghostly twin.

A Heritage of Death is the second novel in a compelling female sleuth mystery series for fans of Ruth Ware and Gilly MacMillan. If you like convention-shattering heroines, vivid Southwest settings, and a touch of the paranormal, then you’ll love Alexa Padgett’s twisty mystery.

Buy A Heritage of Death and hold on tight for a white-knuckle thrill ride today!

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With a degree in international marketing and a varied career path that includes content management for a web firm, marketing direction for a high-profile sports agency, and a two-year stint with a renowned literary agency, award-winning author Alexa Padgett has returned to her first love: writing fiction.

Alexa spent a good part of her youth traveling. From Budapest to Belize, Calgary to Coober Pedy, she soaked in the myriad smells, sounds, and feels of these gorgeous places, wishing she could live in them all—at least for a while. And she does in her books.

She lives in New Mexico with her husband, children, and Great Pyrenees pup, Ash. When not writing, schlepping, or volunteering, she can be found in her tiny kitchen, channeling her inner Barefoot Contessa.

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I was so incredibly excited to read the second book in the Reverend Cici Mystery series and I can tell you that I was not disappointed. If anything, I enjoyed this book more than the first, and I didn’t think that would be possible.
After experiencing some disturbing dreams that CiCi is convinced are brought to her by her dead sister, Anna Carmen, ACi for short, she is off and running to solve another crime.
I love the characters in this series so much! The Harley riding Reverend (who knew?!?!), Sam, and so many others – each easy to relate to. The dialogue between characters flows easily and is natural.
The storyline is engaging with so many twists and turns, you don’t know if you are coming or going – making a perfect mystery! As with the first book, I had a pretty good idea who the villain was, but I wasn’t completely sure until the very end!
Alexa Padgett is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors! I can’t wait to see what is next!

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Book Review and Blog Tour – Who by Megan Mitcham

Who
Megan Mitcham
Publication date: October 2nd 2018
Genres: Adult, Psychological Thriller, Romance

A billionaire in high heels. A relentless stalker. A chance rooftop meeting. Her choices could send everything crashing down.

Billionaire Larkin Ashford is fiercely independent, but even she has to admit her fashion empire was built on the backs of brides. When her company has the opportunity to go public, her board of directors won’t pull the trigger unless she settles down. A series of threatening messages aren’t making her decision any easier. As she retreats to her rooftop hideaway to clear her head, she finds herself imprisoned in the strong arms of a mysterious man who thinks she was about to jump.

Despite her friends’ warnings that her wannabe savior could be her stalker, she can’t get his body off her mind. Determined to find the truth, she searches the city for her mystery man and discovers a dark secret that could bring everything she’s worked for crashing down. With her empire in danger, she’ll have to uncover the truth before her fortune and her life zero out.

Who is the first standalone novel in a pulse-pounding psychological thriller series. If you like headstrong women, steamy chemistry, and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love Megan Mitcham’s high-rise romantic thriller.

Buy Who to live the high life with a sleek, sexy billionaire psychological thriller soon!

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USA Today bestselling author Megan Mitcham was born and raised among the live oaks and shrimp boats of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where her enormous family still calls home. She attended college at the University of Southern Mississippi where she received a bachelor’s degree in curriculum, instruction, and special education. For several years Megan worked as a teacher in Mississippi. She married and moved to South Carolina and worked for an international non-profit organization as an instructor and co-director.

In 2009 Megan fell in love with books. Until then, books had been a source for research or the topic of tests. But one day she read Mercy by Julie Garwood. And Oh Mercy, she was hooked!

Megan lives in Southern Arkansas where she pens sizzling suspense novels. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Goodreads. For news, giveaways, and exclusive offers sign up for her newsletter at http://www.meganmitcham.com!

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Who is the first book in The Stalker Series by Megan Mitcham and the first of her books that I have read, but it certainly won’t be the last. It is the perfect combination of everything I love – intrigue, suspense and romance all bundled into an outstanding psychological thriller.
I really enjoyed Larkin’s character – intelligent, strong and courageous. She has a tough exterior, yet she also has a soft side for those she cares about.
The story line was full of fantastic twists and turns that kept me turning pages to see what happened next.
This is definitely a must-read if you are a fan of books that keep you guessing right up to the very end!

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Book Review and Blog Tour – Death by the River by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor


Death by the River
Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: October 2nd 2018
Genres: Horror, Young Adult

A high school “American Psycho.”

SOME TRUTHS ARE BETTER KEPT SECRET.

SOME SECRETS ARE BETTER OFF DEAD.

Along the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family—but weekends belong to the river.

And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux.

The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Handsome. Charming. Intelligent. The star quarterback of the football team. The “prince” of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch.

He is also a psychopath.

A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau’s evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the ruined St. Francis Abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend’s headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize.

As the victim toll mounts, it becomes crystal clear that someone has to stop Beau Devereaux.

And that someone will pay with their life.

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What a fantastic read! I first became familiar with the writings of Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor when I read the Magnus Blackwell series, so I had to read this. I was not disappointed in the least.

True to form, the story takes place in Louisiana, and is steeped in local culture. With well-developed characters and a story line that moves at a very rapid pace, it will keep you turning pages to find out what happens next.

It is fairly gruesome, as rape and brutal assault take center stage in this book. Beau Devereux, golden boy, star quarterback, and heir to the family dynasty has an extremely dark side, reveling in controlling and causing pain. While I didn’t care for the subject matter and it was difficult to read about such violent acts, I had to know what would take place.

I will caution you that if you are highly sensitive to that, this is not the read for you. If you have the fortitude to handle it and want to dive into the darker side of life, you are in for a treat.

Author Bio:

Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.

He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.

Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.

One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

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Book Review, Blog Tour and Giveaway! Love, Cutter by Michelle Jester

Love, Cutter
Michelle Jester
Publication date: August 28th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

After an attempted suicide Carter finds himself in a coma. He is able to hear the world around him, yet he can’t move. What he hears propels Carter to begin to see life in a new way, especially when one of his nurses, Kinley, shares parts of her tragic past with him. Soon, Carter realizes he is falling in love with her.

Months after being transferred from the hospital, to a rehabilitation facility, he suddenly wakes up with a passion to live that he never had before and a determination to find the one person he feels may be able to help him put the pieces of his life together again. However, when he returns to the hospital, Kinley is gone and Carter must try to find her based solely on the things she shared with him while he was in a coma.

Only, nothing is as it seems and Carter learns the biggest lesson of them all… the differences between expectation, perception, and reality.

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Wow! What a story! I had no idea what I was getting into, but I was not expecting to go on such a roller coaster of emotion.

Carter, seeing no other way through his pain, attempts to take his life, and ends up in a coma. Kinley, assigned to him as his nurse, spends time each day talking and reading to him. What she doesn’t know is that through it all, Carter can hear her.

Over the course of Carter’s time in the hospital, a connection is formed, though Carter has never seen or spoken to Kinley. Out of concern for Kinley’s well-being and for her career, Big Bertha, the head nurse, has her transferred, having seen the signs of Florence Nightingale Syndrome before.

The emotional intensity of this book is EVERYTHING! A bond between two strangers has a trickle down effect on those around them, most unaware.

While this book deals with highly difficult subject matter, such as suicide, self-harm, and death, it is written in such a graceful manner that doesn’t dance around the hard edges, rather calling it like it is. It is a perfect telling of self-discovery and overcoming adversity. The underlying message is that hope is everything.

Author Bio:

Michelle Jester lives in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana with her husband, high school sweetheart and retired Master Sergeant. Together they have a son and daughter. She is a hopeless romantic and has been writing poems and stories for as long as she can remember.
One of her prize possessions is a bracelet with only a yellow, Rubber Duckie charm on it; which she wears every day to remind her to enjoy the fun and happy things of life!

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Book Review, Blog Tour and Giveaway! Medallion of Murder – A Nefertari Hughes Mystery by BR Meyers

Medallion of Murder
B.R. Myers
(Nefertari Hughes Mystery #3)
Publication date: September 18th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult

Still struggling with nightmares from the past summer, Terry tries to bury her secret guilt and enjoy her family’s first Christmas in Devonshire. But when a murdered man is found with a postcard addressed to her, Terry fears the repercussions from that fateful night in Egypt are becoming a reality.

After she receives a coded message from Awad, Terry and her best friend Maude are thrown into the hunt for a lost medallion, an artifact that possesses a great power—and a gruesome destiny. As each clue leads to more disturbing truths (and bodies), Terry begins to suspect she’s the real target of the search. When Awad goes missing, she becomes certain the Illuminati are involved, and has no choice but to risk losing the thing she cherishes the most to get him back.

But Terry will soon discover the secrets of the tomb cannot be erased by distance or power, because the ghosts of her past are closing in quickly… and this time, they refuse to stay buried.

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I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed Medallion of Murder, the third book in the Nefertari Hughes mystery series! While it is geared to young adults, I found myself completely immersed into the mayhem surrounding Nefertari “Terry” Hughes and her Scooby Doo gang.

I loved the characters – each and every one of them, and I especially enjoyed the fact that right until the end, I had no idea who the bad guy was.

The plot is full of twists and turns that kept me turning pages to see what happened next. I loved that the book was steeped in ancient Egyptian history.

I am really excited for the next book in the series!

Author Bio:

Always in the mood for a good scare, B.R. Myers spent most of her teen years behind the covers of Lois Duncan, Ray Bradbury, and Stephen King. Her YA contemporary coming of age novel, GIRL ON THE RUN, was chosen by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre as a BEST BOOK for TEENS for 2016.

When she’s not putting her characters in awkward situations, she works as a registered nurse. A member of the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia, she lives in Halifax with her husband and two children—and there is still a stack of books on her bedside table.

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Book Review, Blog Tour and Giveaway – The Telling (The Spinner Sagas) by KJ Moullen

The Telling
Kj Moullen
(The Spinner Sagas)
Publication date: May 1st 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Sixteen-year-old Blaine was a normal teenage girl. Sure, she moved around a lot, but that wasn’t completely weird, right? Then her mom tells her she’s actually from another dimension called Renault, whose inhabitants can do magic. Um, what? Suddenly, Blaine is running from an evil she barely understands. Blaine is thrust into the confusing, beautiful, and magical world of Renault with a mysterious boy she just met. There, she begins to discover her own unique abilities and her place in the universe.

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When I began reading The Telling, I wasn’t sure that I was going to enjoy it. It has a bit of a slow, confusing start; however, I kept reading and I am so glad I did.

The imagery is phenomenal, the descriptions of the landscapes are breathtaking and it is so easy to visualize them. Of course, once Kern, the unicorn entered the picture, it was on! Anyone that knows me knows that I am obsessed with unicorns!

The characters are beautifully developed and I found myself wanting to know more about them. Blaine is a strong heroine, who doesn’t realize just how incredible she is.

The storyline, itself, moves along at a fast pace, once you get through the beginning. There is plenty of fantastic adventure and action to keep you wanting more. I actually found myself on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened next.

This is a must-read for lovers of YA fantasy! All in all, very well done!

Author Bio:

K.J Moullen started her life as an adventurer. She always loved the outdoors, whether it was playing king of the hill with her pet goat in southern California, playing hockey on the frozen lakes of the Kenai peninsula of Alaska, or snorkeling and surfing off the shores of Maui. Amongst the breathtaking places she lived, her imagination and love for writing knew no limitations, allowing for a lifetime of plotlines and characters to be created and written about. She now shares her life’s adventures with her husband and two children in their home in North Texas.

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Book Review and Blog Tour – Island on Fire by Sophie Schiller

Island on Fire
Sophie Schiller
Publication date: April 10th 2018
Genres: Adult, Historical, Thriller

In the lush, tropical world of Martinique where slavery is a distant memory and voodoo holds sway, Emilie Dujon discovers that her fiancé, a rich sugar planter, has been unfaithful. Desperate to leave him, she elicits the aid of a voodoo witch doctor and is lured into a shadowy world of black magic and extortion. When the volcano known as Mount Pelée begins to rumble and spew ash, she joins a scientific committee sent to investigate the crater. During the journey she meets Lt. Denis Rémy, an army officer with a mysterious past.

At the summit, the explorers discover that a second crater has formed and the volcano appears to be on the verge of eruption. But when they try to warn the governor, he orders them to bury the evidence for fear of upsetting the upcoming election. As the pressure builds, a deadly mudslide inundates Emilie’s plantation and she disappears. With ash and cinders raining down, chaos ensues. Left with no choice, Lt. Rémy deserts his post and sets off on a desperate quest to rescue Emilie. But with all roads blocked, can they escape the doomed city of St. Pierre before it’s too late?

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I have to admit that when I began reading this book, I did not think I would enjoy it. I found it a bit slow to start and it was difficult to follow along. I wasn’t sure where the storyline was going, or even what the point of the story was. I am so glad that I pressed on and kept reading. What I found was that I could not stop turning pages.

Island on Fire takes place in Saint-Pierre, Martinique, at the foot of the “extinct” volcanoes, Mount Pelee. Emilie Dujour is the daughter of a plantation owner. I would not go so far as to say she is pampered; however, she has lived a life of privilege.

Emilie is fascinated by the unexplainable activity taking place on Mount Pelee, and spends quite a bit of time observing and journaling what she sees. The governor appoints a scientific committee to journey up to the summit and report back on their findings, and Emilie convinced them to allow her to join them. Here she meets Lieutenant Denis Remy, a soldier attached to the local garrison. What they find at the summit is terrifying; however due to the impending elections, the governor demands that they not create hysteria and assure the locals that the volcano is settling, knowing just the opposite is true.

I found the descriptions of the scenery both captivating and horrifying and the characters very well developed. I found myself imagining that I could smell the acrid smoke and sulfur from the volcano. It was easy to picture the terrifying scenes as they played out, and to imagine the desperation that the locals and the refugees must have felt.

The author clearly has a good grasp on the mystical voodoo practices, and if that is not true, I was convinced anyhow. I imagine that while this is a work of fiction, it was rich with historical accuracy, which was the most fascinating part for me.

This book was truly a gripping story that had me on the edge of my seat, and turning page after page to find out what happened next.

Author Bio:

Sophie Schiller was born in Paterson, NJ and grew up in the West Indies. She loves stories that carry the reader back in time to exotic and far-flung locations. Kirkus Reviews called her “an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer”. Her latest novel is Island on Fire, a thriller about the worst volcanic disaster of the 20th century. She was educated at American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, NY

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Book Review and Blog Tour – Paralucidity by Stephen H. Provost



Paralucidity
Stephen H. Provost
Publication date: July 15th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance

Somebody wanted Minerva Rus dead. They succeeded. But Minerva isn’t letting a little thing like death stop her.

After the dangerous adventure that killed her in Memortality, Minerva Rus has reconciled herself to being dead. She and her also-dead boyfriend Raven share an amazing gift that allows them to bring the dead back to life―including each other. Now that Jules, their most dangerous enemy, has been banished from reality and trapped inside her own mind, Minerva and Raven plan on enjoying the eternity of their unnatural lives.

But immortality isn’t safe. Minerva and Raven’s life-giving powers mysteriously fade, forcing them to take refuge in The Between, a shadowy realm of memories that lies between life and death. What’s more, their old adversary Jules is on the loose, partnered with a resurrected Nazi scientist planning a monstrous experiment that will change the destiny of the human race. And now it’s up to a 21-year-old dead girl to save the world―again.

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Paralucidity is the second book in the YA fantasy Memortality series. Not having read the first book, I was a bit confused; however I found myself quickly drawn into the fast-moving storyline.

I found the characters to be fascinating, and was intrigued by their plight. Minerva and Raven are dead, but somehow brought each other back to some state of being through their memories of each other.

A super top secret branch of the government, the FIA, intends to program them to be a sort of super soldiers or weapons. Carson, and FIA agent, turned good guy, breaks them out and they are on the run.

Again, I was a bit confused in the beginning, so I would not consider this book a good standalone; however, it was extremely well-written and all in all was extremely entertaining!

Author Bio:

Stephen H. Provost is a veteran editor, reporter and columnists with more than 30 years of experience at daily newspapers in California. He’s currently the managing editor of The Cambrian on the Central Coast, as well as a columnist and assistant city editor for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo.
As an author, he has written historical nonfiction (“Fresno Growing Up” and “Highway 99: The History of California’s Main Street”), novels (“Memortality” and “Identity Break”), while also exploring the realms of mythology, fable and ancient history.

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Book Review and Blog Tour – Superhero High by T. H. Hernandez



Superhero High
T.H. Hernandez
Published by: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication date: July 5th 2018
Genres: Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Sixteen-year-old Annarenee Stevens is the sole member of her family without a super power. The only time she feels powerful is in the pool. With her sights set on swimming for U.C. Berkeley, she’s ready to win it all at the State championship and secure her future.

When the government unexpectedly ends the secret Genetically Enhanced Asset (GEA) program, Annarenee is uprooted from Dayton, the only home she’s ever known, and relocated to San Diego with all of the other GEA families. Queen of her public school, Annarenee is just another zero at Superhero High, a school without any sports teams.

With the end of the program, her hero older brother now needs a college education, too, meaning the only way Annarenee is getting into Berkeley is on a scholarship. Her dream is slipping through her fingers, no matter how tightly she clings to it. To make matters worse, super hot superhero, Ren Gonzalez, is paying too much attention to her. The kind of attention that has Ren’s ex-girlfriend intent on making Annarenee’s life even more miserable.

But when heroes begin disappearing, zeros and heroes will be forced to team up in order to solve the mystery. If they don’t kill each other first.

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Superhero High was a fantastic read that kept me on the edge of my seat! It took me back to my video game playing days and reminded me a bit of City Of Heroes. Not sure why I made that connection, but I did.

It was a well-written book with fantastic characters and I found myself drawn into the story immediately. Annarenne, AR to her friends and family, was born into a family of genetically altered heroes, but she had no powers, and is known as a zero.

When the government decides to stop funding the GEA (Genetically Enhanced Asset) program, AR’S family has to pick up and move across the country and start over.

In California, she meets Ren, a hero with looks that would stop traffic. Unfortunately, Ren’s ex has taken an instant dislike to AR and will do everything she can to make life miserable for AR.

When heroes start disappearing, they all have to work together to find them, as the agency sure isn’t doing anything.

I absolutely loved Ren! He is a genuinely kind and caring young man. AR is incredibly brave and loyal and I found myself cheering for her constantly.

This is a must-read for lovers of young adult fiction!

Author Bio:

T.H. Hernandez is the author of young adult books. The Union, a futuristic dystopian adventure, was a finalist in the 2015 San Diego book awards in the Young Adult Fiction category.

She loves pumpkin spice lattes, Game of Thrones, Comic-Con, Star Wars, Doctor Who marathons, Bad Lip Reading videos, and all things young adult, especially the three young adults who share her home.

When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside her head, T.H. Hernandez lives in usually sunny San Diego, California with her husband and three children, a couple of cats, and a dog who thinks he’s a cat, affectionately referred to as “the puppycat.”

You can find her online at http://thhernandez.com

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