Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Random Reads Review - Thorn Queen (Dark Swan #2) by Richelle Mead

Thorn Queen (Dark Swan, #2)Title: Thorn Queen (Dark Swan #2)
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: 2008
Pages: 480, Paperback
Goodreads Rating: 4.15 stars
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Content Rating: 18+ (Adult - definitely some explicit sex scenes)

Summary from Goodreads: Eugenie Markham is a shaman for hire. She's paid to bind and banish creatures from the Otherworld.

But something happened after her last battle. She became queen of the Thorn Land. With her kingdom in tatters, her love life in chaos, and eager to avoid the prophecy about her firstborn destroying mankind, the job's really not all it's cracked up to be.

Now young girls are disappearing from the Otherworld, and no one seems willing to find out why. Or to put an end to it. Not that Eugenie's fazed by spilling fey blood, but this enemy is shrewd, subtle, and dangerous -- and nursing a very personal grudge.

Eugenie must venture deep into the Otherworld and trust in a power she can barely control. She may be a reluctant queen, but she's vowed to do her duty, even if it means facing the darkest and deadliest side of her nature.


This book was my July Random Read.  As you can see, I once again got it in just under the gun!  When picked this book for me, I had mixed feelings.  I actually couldn't remember all that much about the first book in this series and when I checked it out on Goodreads, all I could remember is that I thought it was good, but not great.  But, I had since read the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series (also by Richelle Mead) - I loved both of those, so I thought that I certainly needed to give The Dark Swan series another chance!  Well, I'm definitely glad I did.

Okay, I have to start by saying that this book is definitely an adult book - much more explicit sex than in the Vampire Academy books.  If you've been reading my recent reviews, you'll see that this seems to be the theme for me this week. I'm not quite sure why, but that's just the way it worked out.  Sigh. But, I'm happy to say that, while this book definitely had some explicit sex scenes, the sex didn't define the book - it was just one element of a very emotionally complex book.

By the end of Thorn Queen, I was hooked on this series - I will definitely be reading the next two books!

The negatives:
  • Rape.  If you're sensitive to the issue of rape in a book, this is not for you.  Of course, if you read the first book in this series then you probably already know that it's not for you (since the whole first book is spent with Eugenie avoiding being raped by gentry that want to impregnate her so they can father a prophesied child - I actually think this may have been one of the things that made me feel just so-so about the first book).  That threat doesn't go away in this book and, in fact, becomes more than a threat. (I don't want to say more because it would spoil things, but I do want to give a warning, since this is obviously a very sensitive subject).
 What I LOVED:
  • The Emotional Complexity.  Eugenie struggles in this book.  She's tough, she's hardened and she's used to taking care of herself, but she suddenly finds herself in a situation that she doesn't know how to handle (actually more than one) and it throws her.  Eugenie never wanted to be a gentry queen and she certainly doesn't want to be responsible for a whole kingdom.  She knows that she doesn't want to live up to her father's reputation of being a ruthless leader, but she finds it impossible to suddenly be responsible for the lives of the gentry in her kingdom (especially after having spent so much time hunting them in the mortal realm!).  Morality is no longer black and white and she suddenly finds herself being asked to choose sides between humans and gentry - a decision she once thought would be easy, but gets much more complicated as time goes on.  She also struggles to control her ever-growing desire for magic - and finds that it may be leading her down a dark path that she can't escape.
  • The love triangle.  Yes, there is a love triangle.  But, just like with the rest of the story, it's grounded in Eugenie's very realistic emotional turmoil.  After all, her boyfriend is having a baby with another woman!  I completely believed Eugenie's struggle with jealousy and her somewhat selfish desire to have Kiyo all to herself.  I felt for her when she met the baby for the first time and fought to be nothing but happy for Kiyo when she really felt a sense of loss over something she didn't even know if she wanted and an insecurity that she couldn't simply banish.  And then there was Dorian, who seemed to understand all that about her when Kiyo just didn't.  Dorian who seemed to understand her thoughts and fears and needs, even when she didn't want him to.  In short, I believed in Eugenie's struggle.  That's the key to a good love triangle.
Thorn Queen was an emotionally complex story with an exciting plot.  I can't wait to find out what happens to Eugenie next!  4.5/5 Stars.

Book Blitz & Giveaway - You Are Mine by Janeal Falor

You Are Mine (Mine #1)
Release Date: 05/06/13
273 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Serena knows a few simple things. She will always be owned by a warlock. She will never have freedom. She will always do what her warlock wishes, regardless of how inane, frivolous, or cruel it is. And if she doesn’t follow the rules, she will be tarnished. Spelled to be bald, inked, and barren for the rest of her life—worth less than the shadow she casts.

Then her ownership is won by a barbarian from another country. With the uncertainty that comes from belonging to a new warlock, Serena questions if being tarnished is really worse than being owned by a barbarian, and tempts fate by breaking the rules. When he looks the other way instead of punishing her, she discovers a new world. The more she ventures into the forbidden, the more she learns of love and a freedom just out of reach. Serena longs for both. But in a society where women are only ever property, hoping for more could be deadly.

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“I was blown away by the beautiful writing, haunting themes, and chilling visuals.” ~Becca at Nawanda Files

“There were times when I had to fight back my tears and the emotion that this book drew from me made me feel so connected to what was going on as if I was actually there. You Are Mine should be on everyones to-read list and I cannot wait to see what Janeal Falor comes up with next.” ~Danielle at Coffee and Characters

Excerpt #1:
My insides hurt. I fold my arms across my stomach as they head out, but it doesn't help with the pain. I move to follow.

Mother touches my elbow. The touch startles me to a stop and she lets go. “I remember when I was chosen by your Father. It was a troublesome time, but you can do it. You're strong and your sisters need your example.”

I close my eyes and shake my head before opening them again. “I don't think I'm that type of strong.”

Mother sighs. “Maybe not, but you still have to go through it, society expects it. You'll have a new owner soon.”

She's right. A warlock could ask to buy me at any time. There's nothing I can do about it. I follow mother from the room, bowing my head with the hope that it will keep further attention from me. But it's too late to hope. I will always be owned.

About the Author
Janeal Falor lives in Utah where she’s finally managed to live in the same house for more than five years without moving. In her spare time she reads books like they’re nuts covered in caramel and chocolate, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and enjoys the outdoors. Her husband and three children try to keep up with her overactive imagination. Usually they settle for having dinner on the table, even if she’s still going on about the voices in her head.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Release Day Review - Scent of Salvation by Annie Nicholas

Series: Chronicles of Eorthe (Book 1)
Author: Annie Nicholas
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Pages: 391, eBook
Goodreads Rating: 4.5 stars
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Content Rating: 18+ (This is an erotic romance - not appropriate for younger readers!)

Summary from Goodreads: Love blooms across species, culture, and time. 

Chronicles of Eorthe, Book 1

Stranded in another dimension, on a primitive version of Earth, Dr. Susan Barlow needs to find a way to survive. There’s no electricity, no cities, and to her shock, no humans. Instead, she faces a population of werewolves, vampires and incubi. The people are vicious but she must find her place among them. And live.

An illness is killing Sorin’s pack. As alpha it’s his responsibility to save them, but it’s a battle this warrior doesn’t know how to fight. Then a blue light in the sky brings a creature he’s never seen. She calls herself human, but to him she smells like hope. 

Sorin offers Susan a safe haven in return for a cure, but she’s not that kind of a doctor. She’s a doctor of physics, not a physician. Yet as they search for a cure to save a dying people, they find something special—each other. 

But even with Sorin’s protection, Susan can’t help but wonder how long she can survive in a world without humans…


Okay, well I have to start out by saying that I was taken a bit by surprise with this book.  It was listed as a paranormal romance (which I read a lot of), but I didn't realize that it was an erotic paranormal romance.  My confusion was compounded by the fact that the erotic parts of the book didn't happen until almost two thirds of the way through the book - so I was suddenly kind of shocked to realize what type of book I was reading. The book overall didn't read like an erotic novel - until you got that last third.  Then, um, yeah - it was.  I have to admit that I get a little squeamish about erotic novels, especially when certain words are used to describe body parts (some words just seem a bit nasty to me and I'm not a fan of them).  But, I will say that this book was not all about sex - it was part of the book, but it wasn't the central focus of the book, which was good.

For the purposes of my review, however, I am going to ignore my own personal feelings about erotica.  I know there are plenty of people who like it, and you, the reader, have now been forewarned - you know exactly what you're getting into.

So, taking the slightly-too-explicit-for-me sex out of the equation, I really enjoyed this book.  Read on for details...

The negatives:

  • Erotica.  Okay, I know I said I was going to leave this out of the rest of my review, but just in case you're one of those people who only look at the bullet points and bold text, I had to put it here too.  Otherwise, you'll do what I did and get three-quarters of the way through the book and go, "Oh, it's that kind of book!"  Plus, it's really the only thing I wasn't crazy about.
What I loved:
  • The concept.  I thought it was really unique and interesting that Susan finds herself in another dimension where vampires and werewolves are the norm, and she is the oddball human.  I loved how there were parallels between the two dimensions and yet there were so many things that were different.  I also really loved the fact that Nicholas created a compelling backstory - reasons why the werewolf dimension had developed the way it did.  This is a mystery that unfolds throughout the entire book.
  • The pack.  I loved the Apisi pack!  Susan struggles to help save the pack and she comes to realize the true meaning of family and community there.  I could definitely see how she would long to be a part of that.  I loved how this was contrasted to the rival werewolf pack, which was built much more on rivalry and competition than on community.
  • Sorin and Susan.  I definitely found myself rooting for Sorin and Susan's relationship throughout the book.  As a scientist, Susan had always relied on her intelligence to get her through life and had buried herself in her research., finding no time for relationships. Likewise, Sorin (the Alpha werewolf) was so busy protecting his pack that he hadn't been able to think about something as trivial as love.  When their two worlds collide, they find that they have more in common than they might have first thought.  Sorin's wildness is tempered by his tenderness toward his pack, which makes him a perfect leading man.  And I loved that Susan was an intelligent, strong woman who was thrown into a situation that made her completely doubt her ability to survive on intelligence alone!
  • Benic.  Benic, the sole vampire character in the book, was a great sometimes-villain.  I loved that Nicholas created a character who we sometimes hated, but who we could still sympathize with.  He was not a cardboard cut-out bad guy and sometimes I didn't know whether to root for him or not!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  It could easily be a standalone novel, but there are plenty of places to go in future books in the series.  I give the book 4/5 Stars.

**Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own***

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About the Author:

Annie Nicholas writes paranormal romance with a twist. She has courted vampires, hunted with shifters, and slain a dragon’s ego all with the might of her pen. Riding the wind of her imagination, she travels beyond the restraints of reality and shares them with anyone wanting to read her stories. Mother, daughter, and wife are some of the other hats she wears while hiking through the hills and dales of her adopted state of Vermont. 

Annie writes for Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, and Lyrical Press.
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Monday, July 29, 2013

Spotlight & Guest Post - The End of Athens by Anthony Karakai

The End of Athens
by Anthony Karakai

Genre: Dystopian Thriller/Urban Fantasy

The End of Athens


In the year 2091, humans have lost the ability to dream. After decades of financial and social depression, dreams and aspirations have become a recessive gene—an impossibility of the modern mind. 

Greece is one of the worst social and economic disaster zones, and all hope of a better future has been lost. One young man, Nikos, discovers that he is not like everybody else—there is something different about him.

Believing that he may be going crazy, he soon discovers that he is the only person in Greece who has inherited the ability to dream. Time is running out as the government continues its tirade of corruption and suppression against the people, and Nikos must find a way to teach others how to dream so that once more society can free itself from the shackles of mental slavery.


Guest Post by Anthony Karakai
The setting for The End of Athens, takes place all around Greece. I have been there many times over the past 10 years, and have found that it is a magical, beautiful and majestic country. For those who haven't had the chance to visit just yet, here are some images of Greece which have inspired The End of Athens. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook if you would like to personally learn more, or would like assistance planning your trip:
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About the Author: 
Anthony Michael Karakai was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is a dual citizen of Hungary. Holding an International Business degree, he is also a qualified percussionist and music producer, having studied music extensively since the age of seven. Working in journalism, his work has been published in various magazines and websites. With an insatiable appetite for travel and an eagerness to explore off the beaten path, Karakai travels at every opportunity- his travels and ongoing commitment to exploring the world are what inspires him to write.
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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday Post 7/28/13

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what's coming up in the week ahead. 

Last week on FYFA:
Last week on Best Kids' Reads:
I thought some of my Feed Your Fiction Addiction readers might also be interested in this Middle Grade Review:
    Coming this week on FYFA:
    • The End of Athens by Anthony Karakai - (spotlight & guest post)
    • Scent of Salvation by Annie Nicholas (review)
    • You Are Mine by Janeal Falor (book blitz & giveaway)
    • Haven by Celia Breslin (review & giveaway)
    • King of Bad by Kai Strand (book blast & giveaway)
    • Scorched Treachery by Rebecca L. Ethington (book blitz & giveaway)

    Trailer Blast - Dare Me by Eric Devine

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    When Ben Candido and his friends, Ricky and John, decide to post a YouTube video of themselves surfing on top of a car, they finally feel like the somebodies they are meant to be instead of the social nobodies that they are. Overnight, the video becomes the talk of the school, and the boys are sure that their self-appointed senior year of dares will live in infamy. Every dare brings an increased risk of bodily harm, but Ben cannot deny the thrill and sense of swagger that come with it. The stakes become even more complex when a mysterious donor bankrolls their dares in exchange for a cut in the online revenue the videos generate. But at what point do the risk and the reward come at too high of a price? What does it take to stay true to one’s self in the face of relentless pressure.

    1 Winner will get this awesome t-shirt + an ARC of DARE ME by Eric Devine
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    About The Author:
    Eric Devine is the Young Adult fiction author of Dare Me (pub. date 10/8/13), Tap Out and This Side of Normal
    He is also a high school English teacher and education consultant.
    Eric married his high school sweetheart, and together they are raising two daughters in Upstate, NY.
    He is represented by Kate McKean of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.
     Both Dare Me and Tap Out are edited by Lisa Cheng and published by Running Press.
    Find Eric Devin on TwitterGoodreadsFacebook and Edelweeiss

    Saturday, July 27, 2013

    Book Blast & Giveaway - Immortal Circus: Act Two by A.R. Kahler

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    The Immortal Circus: ACT TWO 
    by AR Kahler

    Vivienne is almost content with her new life in the Cirque des Immortels. She has moved up from selling cotton candy to telling fortunes, she has a gorgeous, magical boyfriend, Kingston…and no one has been murdered since the clash between the otherworldly Courts. Her life under the faerie big top would be perfect, in fact, if not for the nightmares and visions that compel her to seek and confront her half-remembered past. But for Viv, not knowing her past may well be a blessing. There’s a reason she ran away. But can she truly escape herself?.
    The second act of the fantastically evocative Cirque des Immortels series, The Immortal Circus: Act Two draws readers further into a world that’s at once wonderful, seductive…and deadly.
    Step right up…

    About the Author
    Alex is many things, but first and foremost, he’s a Sagittarius.
    In the past few years he’s taught circus in Amsterdam and Madrid, gotten madly lost in the Scottish wilderness, received his Masters in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, drummed with Norse shamans, and even spent a few months as the assistant to Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.
    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS, book one in his Cirque des Immortels series, is now available from 47North. ACT TWO will be released June 11, 2013.
    MARTYR, the first book in his post-apocalyptic YA fantasy series, THE HUNTED, is set to be published October 28, 2014 by Spencer Hill Press.
    When he’s not writing or climbing in the rafters, he’s probably outside, staring at the clouds. And seeing as he now resides in Seattle, there are clouds aplenty.

    About the Giveaway:
    One winner will get Book One in THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS series
    2 Signed Bookplates
    1 set of trading cards
    Must be 13+ To Enter – Shipping in the US Only

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    Friday, July 26, 2013

    Feature & Follow Friday - Bookshelves

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    Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! This is a blog hop that allows bloggers to gain new followers and find some awesome new blogs to follow themselves!

    The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host has a blog that they feature each week!

    So, if you're a blogger, come join in on the fun!

    Here's today's question -

    Q: What do you do with your books after you’re done reading them?

    When I was a teenager, I had tons of books on my bookshelf.  So many that I really didn't know what to do with them all, so I finally decided that I had to get rid of most of them.  

    So, as an adult, I actually tried not to hang on to my books - I usually got them from the library (I felt like spending money on books was splurging).  The few that I did own, I would trade on Paperbackswap after I finished reading them. (check out this link if you haven't heard of Paperbackswap Join the Club and Swap Books for Free! - 

    Now that I'm blogging, I've started to collect more books again. They're on the bookshelf (or in my Kindle!).  

    Ironically, my kids' bookshelves are stuffed to overflowing with books (even after we bought them more bookshelves!).  Whereas I couldn't justify spending money on books for myself, I have never had that qualm about spending money on books for my kids - fostering a love of reading is worth all the money in the world!  :-)

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    Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    Cover Reveal & Giveaway: A Wicked Kind of Dark by Jonathan K. Benton

    Author Jonathan K. Benton

    Jonathan Benton always wanted to write books, having won first place in a short story competition when he was ten. Inspired by writes such as Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, Jonathan first discovered the crossover genre of literary/fantasy while reading Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes.
    Jonathan grew up in New Zealand, dreaming of travelling to London and finally making the pilgrimage in his mid-twenties. Returning from England, he settled in Australia, the country he now calls home, and decided to take his writing seriously.

    A Wicked Kind of Dark

    Robert Duncan no longer believes in magic. A mysterious call about a blood moon, however, leads him back to the magical world of his childhood and to Luthien, the beautiful girl with flame-coloured hair, who he loved and lost.

    As Robert unravels the secrets of his childhood, darkness enters his life and an ancient evil awakens. To have any chance of defeating the dark forces that would destroy two worlds, Robert must find Luthien before the rise of the blood moon. He must, once more, believe in magic …

    A Wicked Kind of Dark mixes vast and spectacular fantasy landscapes with gritty urban reality. A must-read for people of all ages who believe in the power of imagination, and the importance of never losing touch with your inner child.

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    Tuesday, July 23, 2013

    Top Ten Tuesday (Top Topics that Turn Me Away) & Teaser Tuesday (Haven by Celia Breslin)

    Today's Top Ten Tuesday is:

    Top Ten Topics or Words That Make Me Not Want to Pick Up a Book

    I actually had a hard time coming up with this list because I've never really thought about it before.  But there are definitely types of books that I lean toward and types of books that I avoid.  So, in no particular order, here is a list of topics/words/genres that just don't do it for me:
    1. Non-fiction - The only type of non-fiction that I really read are Christian books (and usually those are because I'm in a Bible study or something, not because I just decided to pick up a non-fiction book). Occasionally, I will read a non-fiction book about a specific topic that I want to learn about (like photography or something), but I almost never see a random non-fiction book and think, "Oooh!  I want to read that!"
    2. Erotica - I don't mind sex in my books, but when it crosses over to erotica, I start to feel a little uncomfortable.  My level of discomfort especially seems to go up when certain words are used (words that I just consider too naughty for me - I'm certainly not going to mention them here, so you'll just have to use your imagination) or certain acts are described in detail.  So, I'll generally avoid any book that is marketed as an erotic romance.
    3. War - Generally, books about real-world war do not interest me.  If there is a war in a dystopian or paranormal novel, I usually don't mind, but if the book seems to center on war (meaning that element outshines the other aspects of the book), I usually won't pick it up.
    4. Historical Fiction - I've actually read a few historical fiction books that were really good, but for some reason the genre itself still just doesn't really appeal to me.  I won't usually pick up a historical fiction book unless something about it really catches my eye.
    5. Politics - Politics in a book just bore me to death.  That doesn't mean that I don't like to read about issues that might spark political debate, but I don't like to read about actual politics.  In my mind, there is no such thing as a political thriller.  I mean, how can politics be thrilling?!
    6. Sports - Just not interested.  I don't watch sports in real life and I don't want to read about them (unless they are a small element of an otherwise non-sport-related book).
    7. Southern Charm - I'm not generally a fan of books that profess to have Southern charm.  I usually don't find it charming.  I guess as a native Chicagoan (okay, suburbanite, but still), I just don't get the Deep South.  This includes books about Cowboys or books with a Western theme too.
    8. Preachy Christian Books - I'm a Christian.  And not just a "go to church on Sunday and forget about God for the rest of the week" kind of Christian.  And, the thing is, I really want to want to read Christian fiction.  My problem is that most of the Christian fiction I've read is so darn preachy and cheesy!  I know about God - I want others to know about God.  But I think that a lot of these books just make Christianity sound so fake and unappealing.  Ugh!
    9. Cheaters - I have a hard time getting on board with a romance where one of the people in the couple is cheating on a spouse or significant other.  
    10. Chick-lit - Okay, I've got to say that I don't even really know what Chick-lit is.  It seems like generic, lighthearted women's fiction where the main character gossips with her girlfriends and chases after a boy and doesn't do much else.  All I know is that books in this category generally don't appeal to me.
    Okay, well, that's it.  So, have you read any books in any of these categories that you just LOVED and that I really shouldn't miss out on?  Or have you read a non-preachy Christian fiction book that I need to get my hands on right now?  I want to know!

    Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

    ~Grab your current read
    ~Open to a random page
    ~Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on the page
    ~BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! ( make sure that what you share doesn't give away to much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
    ~Share the title & author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!
    - Then go on over to Should be Reading and share your teaser in her comments section!

    My teaser today is from an NA book I'm reading for a blog tour (review to be posted next week).

    by Celia Breslin
    "Have you ever done that binding thing before?"
    "No." ...
    "Is it supposed to hurt like that?  When our power exploded all over us, it was like being attacked by a giant sewing machine in a furnace inside a tornado. Or something." I frowned at my lame description of the massive cosmic event we'd experienced.

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    Book Blitz & Giveaway - Radiant by Christina Daley

    by Christina Daley  
    Publication date: February 12th 2013
    Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

    Mary is part Vietnamese. Carter is a complete jerk. Normally, they don't talk much.

    But when Mary's in an accident on the way to school one morning, Carter nearly dies saving her life. The doctors say his chances of living are slim, and Mary's feeling the full weight of survivor's guilt.

    However, Carter's back at school in a matter of days, as if nothing had happened. Although, he is a little "glitchy," and he's developed a sudden and intense interest in Mary. She thinks he's suffering from major brain trauma from the accident. Or that he's been possessed.

    As it so happens, Carter really is possessed. And the thing controlling him is having the time of its life learning to be human.

    Featuring a diverse cast of characters, RADIANT is a funny "paranormal-lite" story about being human, being in love, and being healed.

    Christina Daley made her first book with neighborhood friends when she was four years old. They "wrote" out some semblance of lettering with crayons, cut up a cardboard box for the cover, and bound it all together with clear adhesive tape. It was brilliant.

    Quite a few years later, Christina is trying her hand at writing "real" books. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with a pet plant named Herb.