on Sep 27, 2012
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Shiovra has been named High Priestess of the village Tara, but she quickly finds herself hunted by the Milidh, a clan born of war and vengeance. With the safety of Tara at stake, it is decided that she is to seek aid from her betrothed, one she considers the enemy.
At her side is Odhrán, a Milidh warrior sworn to protect her and determined to gain her trust. But their journey is fraught with peril and Shiovra learns that darkness lurks in the hearts of her own kin.
Steeped in ancient Irish myth, this tale is spun of love, war, and DEFIANCE.

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on Sep 21, 2012
Blurb: A dying man’s cryptic letter to an enigmatic professor launches student Steven Roberts on an unwitting quest, shrouded in mystery, into the war-torn labyrinth of a disintegrating Eastern European country. Steven plunges into the maelstrom to unearth long-forgotten documents holding clues to an ancient Emperor’s deeply buried secret, an inconceivable and long-forgotten evil that has slumbered for centuries. Steven’s perilous journey stretches from Southern California’s sunny beaches, to the exotically dystopian city-scapes of Budapest, Belgrade, and Bosnia, as it plays out against a backdrop of events that occurred centuries before in the Balkans.

Genre(s): Historical / Paranormal / Vampires

Review: I'll be honest, before I started reading this novel, I wasn't sure that I was going to like it. Many times a historical novel is either a hit or a miss. But Kiss of the Butterfly is definitely a hit! 

The story follows Steven, an American college student on his trip to Europe where he discovers more than he expected. 

I loved this book! It was so incredibly interesting, I could hardly put it down. Suffice it to say these are not your teenage daughter's vampires. The vampires in Kiss of the Butterfly are bad, human eating/killing creatures of darkness. Which was awesome! 

The historical aspects are there in abundance, everything was very detailed and while the story itself is obviously fiction, the background situations are accurate. It was all very fascinating, including the actual vampire folklore.  

Steven was a great main character, very real. I was rooting for him the whole book, which doesn't always happen. In every situation you see him struggle and can relate to his fight on some level. Marko Slatina, Steven's professor was also an interesting character. You can tell he's hiding something but you almost don't know if his intentions are bad or good. Though you discover his motivation and reasons later in the novel. You also feel sort of happy for Slatina at the end, I'd say more but it would be a spoiler. :) 

I have to say the ending left me wanting more! I hope there will be a sequel, I would love to see what happens to Steven. :) 

About the Author: 
James Lyon is an accidental Balkanologist, having spent the better part of 32 years studying and working with the lands of the former Yugoslavia. He has a Ph.D. in Modern Balkan History from UCLA and a B.A. in Russian from BYU.

He has lived in Germany, Russia, England, Massachusetts, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Utah, and California, and spent the better part of 18 years living in the lands of the former Yugoslavia, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, and Serbia, and has worked in Macedonia and Kosovo. He has traveled widely, from Africa to Latin America to the Middle East, and all over Europe. He currently works in Sarajevo and bounces back and forth to Belgrade.

James and his novel were also mentioned in a recent ABC news piece,
which can be found here!

About the reviewer:  M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. Since earl 2012 she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books at runawaypen.com. She spends her time reading, gaming, drinking tea, writing, and reading to her young cousins. M lives in Upstate New York, and works at a library, happily surrounded by thousands of stories. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab
on Sep 14, 2012
She has a destiny so great that even the gods fear her...

Constant hallucinations and the frequent conversations with voices in her head, have earned eaighteen-year-old Chloe Clever the not-so-coveted title of "Whack Job" in her home town of Adel, Georgia. few up with prescription meds and therapists, she wishes for a life where she is destined to be more than the butt of everyone's jokes and mockery.

Be careful what you wish for has never rung more true.

After a viscious attack and learning that her favorite rockstar is an Olympian god, she is thrust into her new life as the Oracle of Delphi, the prophesier of the future. Setting out to fulfill the prophecy she has been given, Chloe learns of how great she is to become, all the while fighting mythical monsters and trying to outwit the ever-cunning Greek gods who harbor secrets of their own. While on a mission to discover the Most Beautiful, she strives to uncover the mysteries of the demigod Prince who has sworn to protect her with his life...and threatens to win her heart in the process. 

Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Mythology / Romance

Review: Chloe is an eighteen year old girl who discovers she is an oracle wanted by the gods.

I really enjoyed this book! Chloe was an interesting main character to follow. People on her hometown assume that her she is crazy because of her visions. So she is odd and has very few friends, until she's discovered by the god, Apollo. The other characters were also interesting and very diverse. All of the guys that Chloe met were extremely attractive, which was cool. Still can't decide who my favorite is. :)

Everything was easy to picture and the pacing was very good. The Greek mythology is abundant and many of the Greek gods make appearances as well as other mythical figures.

I loved that every once and a while the story was shown from another characters point of view. We were able to receive needed updates and seeing inside Chloe's love interest was really interesting.

Though the first few pages were a little boring for me, the story really captures the reader as I'm sure the rest of the series will continue to do so. :)

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About the Reviewer: 
M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. Since early 2012 she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books. She spends her time reading, gaming, drinking tea, writing, and spoiling her five cats.  Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab

on Sep 10, 2012
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Genre(s): Young Adult / Dark Fantasy

Blurb: Something strange is happening in Returning City, something dangerous. 

Gabriel has never questioned things before. He knows that because he is a revenant like everyone else, he has to fight the not-family and hurt them to keep his own family safe. He has never questioned that the sky is always dark or that hungry things watch him from the forest.

But in Returning City, everyone has secrets.

Gabriel grew up believing that he was the same as everyone else. But now, things are changing. He begins to see strange, monstrous creatures instead of the people he has always known. Struggling to protect his family, Gabriel must turn to a mysterious stranger, but is she only helping him for her own dark purposes?

In order to survive, Gabriel has to become more than he has ever been, and he 
will have to go against all he has ever known. Soon Gabriel will realize that something dangerous waits for him—his past—and that past holds a secret deadlier than anything he could ever imagine.

Review: Gabriel lives in a world where family made of five and each member has a role, Gabriel is the fighter. But Gabriel soon discovers that his world is not what he thought.

Everything was very well described and easy to picture. The fantasy element of a completely different world was done very well. There were a lot of surprises and you're never really sure who to trust, much like Gabriel feels. Gabriel was a good main character, in that he was fairly innocent and had good intentions. He often wished things could just go back to the way they were, a reluctant hero.

Gabriel often second guessed himself, questioning what he was doing almost all through the book. It became very tedious that he couldn't seem to make a decision without pages of debate with himself. We are, to the best of my recollection, never told Gabriel's age. Now this is a young adult novel so I'm assuming he could be anywhere from 13 to 18 years old. But it was hard to tell because on one page he would seem very childish and easily led, then on the next page he was making out with a girl that he hardly knew. That leads me to the two girls. Gabriel has known Ryvall for a while, she taunts him and even physically hits him for seemingly no good reason and then suddenly claims that she is on his side. The two even end up being intimate together. I felt that there should have been more explanation if there was supposed to be a romance there. The other girl is Lamia, Gabriel meets her one day when he creates and opens a door in an alley. She claims that Ryvall is bad (which at the time we kind of think she is because she has her friends beat up Gabriel) and that she wants to help him. He sort of believes her, but not really, then in like the next chapter he lets her kiss him, a woman he met about a day before. I just couldn't wrap my head around that.

There was a lot of detail and I think at times it made it hard to follow. I also didn't get that they were supposed to be vampires, until I read I read a review by another reader. I did really enjoy this book, but Gabriel's actions were hard to follow and I was confused and had a lot of questions at the end. 

About the Author:
N.R. Allen grew up in Dooms, VA, and currently lives in Blacksburg, VA, with her husband and family. While this is her first full-length novel, she has written and published poems, short stories, and flash fiction, including "Teddy Bear Heads," "That House at the End of Carver Street," and "A Song for Miss Cline".

About the Reviewer: 
 M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. Since 2012, she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books at runawaypen.com. She spends her time reading, gaming, drinking tea, writing, and learning about C. S. Lewis. M lives in Upstate New York and works at a library surrounded by thousands of stories. Connect with her on twitter and insatgram @theprincessmab
on Sep 8, 2012
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Genre(s): Fantasy

Series: Artifacts of the Empire #1


Quentin and Asahel live in a world where the lines that divide poor and rich are strict, though they are both magicians. Using magic is not only forbidden, it's a heresy, one punishable by death.

I found the beginning to be a little slow, the story begins in the middle of the action, which was good. But I felt that things could have been explained more thoroughly. The reasons for the main characters being in their situation are eventually explained but I would have preferred a little more information earlier in the book.

The concept of a world where magic existed but was forbidden was very interesting and definitely different. Gwen Perkins has created a distinct and exciting fantasy world. The relationship between Asahel and Quentin was very complex and keeps you reading to see where they go next. There was also a lot of surprises which is always a good thing. ;)

Just a small thing, thoughts were often not italicized, like I said it is small and easily fixable but it did slow down the reading.

The Universal Mirror presents a fantasy world unlike anything I have ever read and I would highly recommend it!

About the Author
Gwen Perkins is a museum curator with a MA in Military History from Norwich University. She has written for a number of magazines, exhibitions and nonfiction publications. Her interest in history fueled the creation of the world of The Universal Mirror, inspired in part by people and events of the medieval and Renaissance periods. She lives with her partner and three children in Tacoma, WA.
The Universal Mirror is the first novel of the Artifacts of Empire series. Gwen is presently at work on the second volume, entitled The Jealousy Glass.

About the Reviewer:
M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. Since early 2012, she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books at runawaypen.com. She spends her time reading, gaming, drinking tea, writing, and learning about Hannah More. M lives in Upstate New York and works in a library, surrounded by thousands of stories. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab
on Sep 4, 2012
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