Thursday, August 16, 2012

YA Indie Carnival - Hot Summer Reads

This week (actually, last week...I'm a week behind), the sponsors of the YA Indie Carnival are sharing their favorite summer reads.  Below, I've included just a few of my favorites along with my review of each one.  Notice that I've included Enemies of the Cross.  It will be released 9/1/12.  Be on the look out! 
 City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5) by

In this book, love... blood... betrayal... revenge definitely collide and every lover of paranormal/fantasy will want to take part. If you haven't begun this series, you should. If you've read every other book in the series except this one, you should right that wrong immediately. You will not be disappointed.

This is an AMAZING... PHENOMENAL... WONDERFUL series, and it has instantly shot to the top of my personal all-time favorite series list. I should mention that I have three series tied for the top spot honors, meaning I could never choose between them. All are equally great in their own way.

In awe of this story, I could go on for pages and still not do justice to 's brilliance as it relates to this series. Instead, I will say Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga #1) is a perfect beginning to this amazing story. You can't keep yourself from falling in love with the very meek, extremely gentle, and absolutely endearing characters. I'm in love with every last one of them: Kelsey, Ren, Kishan, and Mr. Kadam.

The story is as intriguing as the characters. We are not forced to like anything about it. The aspect which makes this better than the rest is the way allows us to fall in love with each and every character through their actions, their stories, and their love of each other. Also, she has a talent for making the reader curious. I found myself mentally planning a visit to India because of her beautiful descriptions.

This is another one of those stories that can easily be appreciated by anyone. The book gives us plenty of action and lots of wonderfully intimate moments. There is nothing (sex or profanity) that would make me shy away from recommending to avid readers younger than eighteen. Honestly, Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga #1) is a great read for anyone and everyone. As I said earlier, there are few that I would recommend higher.

 Tiger's Quest (The Tiger Saga #2) by

Tiger's Quest (The Tiger Saga #2) had so many parts to it that I literally felt as if I'd read three seperate books once it was over...all equally amazing. I said with Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga #1) that

Without adding spoilers, Tiger's Quest (The Tiger Saga #2) will make you feel like your heart has been ripped from its cavity, and it's done in such a way and at such an unexpected moment that you are all the more shocked when it happens.

Tiger's Voyage (The Tiger Saga #3) is another wonderful book within one of my favorite series to date. is a phenomenal author who has done a great job writing a story filled with heart-squeezing romance, unbelievably believable fantasy worlds, and spine-tingling adventures. Honestly, I can't say enough positive things about this timeless saga.

The characters. From the main ones to the supporting ones, they are created and molded until they are perfect. Their every action and reaction believable...frustrating...and amazing. Kelsey, Ren, Kishan, and Mr. Kadam have come to feel like old friends.

The settings. Each and every one of the fantasy worlds traveled to during this version of the quest are described in a manner where I can easily visualize its traits, its magnificence, and its dangers.

I love this series so much, I've spent several weeks reading and re-reading it. This is important to mention because I almost never re-read a book. I have so little leisure time that going back over a book where I already know the final outcome is rare. I've made the exception with The Tiger Saga because of all the great details that I missed the first time. The excitement and anticipation prevented me from appreciating the lengths

I won't give anything away, but Tiger's Voyage (The Tiger Saga #3) ends in such a surprising manner that fans like me will be rabidly awaiting Tiger's Destiny (The Tiger Saga #4)'s release. I for one...I can not wait!

Enemies of the Cross (The Warrior Series #3) by
I can say with absolute certainty that Enemies of the Cross is my favorite book of The Warrior Series. Yes, I do like it more than Warriors of the Cross and Guardians of the Cross. Within it, I've ratcheted up the excitement to a point where the readers' nerves might truly fray and snap. There are unexpected surprises and unforeseen twists that will keep you glued to the book/e-book desperately begging for Dark Angels of the Cross spoilers.

The most intriguing aspect of Enemies of the Cross is the Underwater Realm. Within its territory, there are both villainous and friendly characters who are interesting enough to star in the remaining stories.

Without a doubt, Allison La Crosse and The Warrior Series are just now hitting their stride. Fans of the series should stay tuned for more with Dark Angels of the Cross. Its release is scheduled for spring of 2013.

1.Laura A. H. Elliott 2.Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3.Heather Self4.T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5.Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga6.Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog
7.K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed8.Gwenn Wright, author of Filter
9.Heather M. White, author of The Destiny Saga10.Liz Long | Just another writer on the loose.
11.Ella James12.Maureen Murrish
13.Valerie Sloan14.YA Sci Fi Author's Ramblings
15.A Little Bit of R&R


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