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The Black Masquerade by Andrea Pearson

It is time for Lizzie to lead the effigy back to the manor in England causing the Hounds to be drawn to her. In between hunting Hounds, she has to worry about the Fire Vampires and the men in her life, too.

The Black Masquerade, the second of the Koven Chronicles, is absolutely amazing. Lizzie is a really fun character. There is so much action and the ending was a complete shock. I very highly recommend reading it to people who like fantasy and awesomely strong female characters (but read the first book first)!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 171
Pages Read in 2017: 45,789
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Reason I Chose It: I love the series

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The Shade Amulet by Andrea Pearson

Lizzie is a fire arete who works as a fire impeder. She stops guns from firing, bombs from going off, and wildfires from spreading. Because of a prophecy about her, she also has to hunt down hounds in her spare time before they get to her, or, worse, kill random innocent people, first.

The Shade Amulet is the first of the Koven Chronicles, a series about Lizzie, a side character from the Mosaic Chronicles. I didn’t really care for/about Lizzie when I read the Mosaic Chronicles, but after reading this book, I love her. This book sets up what will happen throughout the series, interspersed with a bit of character development and Lizzie doing awesome things. The pace was perfect and it is very well edited. I highly recommend reading it to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy. While she was a character in the Mosaic Chronicles and things that happened in that series are referred to, there is no need to read that series before reading this book (though reading them certainly would add to your enjoyment of The Shade Amulet.)

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 164
Pages Read in 2017: 44,248
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: I liked the author’s other books

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World War School by Andrea Pearson

When Ridge brings Hitler back from the dead, chaos reigns around the school. Carter must bring back Winston Churchill so he can defeat Hitler once again.

When I finished reading World War School, the third Ranch City Academy book, to my boys, my 9-year-old declared that it was the best one yet. Facts about World War II, Hitler, and Churchill are woven throughout the book. I recommend reading this book (and the others in the Ranch City Academy series – you don’t absolutely have to read them in order). It makes a great family read-aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 160 (this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 43,259
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Reason I Chose It: We liked the first two books in the series

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Zera and the Green Man by Sandra Knauf

Zera talks to plants and they talk back. Her guardian, her uncle, is a biotech engineer mixing things like cows and potatoes to make beefy fries. After being visited by the Green Man, Zera knows she must try to stop her uncle.

I really did not like Zera and the Green Man. I very rarely give a book 1 star, but this one earned it. The first half was pretty much okay. And then it just went nuts. I felt like the book was trying to be multiple types of books (and failed miserably at the combination). Sometimes it was sci-fi. Sometimes it was mystical fantasy. Sometimes it was a thriller. Sometimes it was a heavy-handed lecture about how horrible genetic modification is and the dangers of global warming. The writing was not very good, particularly when the lectures droned on. I was hoping the ending would redeem it, but no such luck. The ending was extremely poorly done and rather dumb. I most definitely do NOT recommend this book.

1 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 158
Pages Read in 2017: 42,827
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (Z in TOPAZ)

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Stolen Princess by Andrea Pearson

Princess Arien, nearly ready to deliver her first child, has been kidnapped by the Lorkon. Prince Dmitri, along with his best friend Kelson, Kenji the Makalo, and others, must make their way through four elemental traps to reach her, but before they can get to her the first Lorkon War begins.

Stolen Princess (a rewrite of Dmitri) is a Kilenya Chronicles story. It is shorter than the six Kilenya Chronicles books and can be read before or after the main series or as a standalone book. The Lorkon traps are very creative and the story is very fast-paced. The editing is excellent. I highly recommend Stolen Princess to Kilenya fans (even if they’ve read Dmitri in the past as this version took a good book and made it great) and also to people new to the Kilenya world.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 150
Pages Read in 2017: 40,487
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: I really enjoyed the “younger” version

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Golden Symbol (rewrite) by Andrea Pearson

With just two months until the Lorkon arrive, the race is on to find a copy of the potion recipe hidden by Onyev and then to gather the ingredients. The only way to defeat the Lorkon is to turn them human again and that all depends on completing the potion in time.

The final book of the Kilenya Chronicles is an edge-of-your-seat race against time. The rewrite of this series lets us benefit from the author’s talent being refined since she first wrote the books. The originals were great, but the rewritten ones are excellent. They are extremely well-edited and there’s a bit added to the end that hints at what is to come in the Mosaic Chronicles (several books of that series include Jacob and the others from Eklaron). I very highly recommend Golden Symbol and the entire Kilenya Chronicles series!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 149
Pages Read in 2017: 40,405
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: I really enjoyed the “younger” version

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Eyes of the Sun (rewrite) by Andrea Pearson

As if Time Seeing wasn’t cool enough, now Jacob has learned to use the power of the sun to light up the person or object he wants to focus on while watching the past. Using this power, he tracks the Key of Ayunli to its current location, but the Lorkon are on their way to get it, too. Meanwhile, an attempt to rid Gevkan of Lirone alerts them to the identity of the female Lorkon. Add in a bit of Hayla (all grown up) and her teenage daughter and an unpredictable Aloren plus the first battle in the war with the Lorkon, and Jacob’s life has just gotten a whole lot crazier (and, let’s be honest… it was already pretty crazy).

Eyes of the Sun is the second to last book in the Kilenya Chronicles. The focus of this one is a bit more varied as it’s tying up a few loose ends and setting up the final book and the Lorkon war. Like the rest of the books, this one is action packed and very well-edited. I highly recommend Eyes of the Sun to people of all ages, but you must read the first four books first or you will be very lost!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 148
Pages Read in 2017: 40,094
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: I really enjoyed the “younger” version

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