Fledgling (The Shapeshifter Chronicles Book 1) by Natasha Brown

FLEDGLING was a finalist in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Contest and is inspired by the author’s own daughter who was born with heart defects. Book 2 of the Shapeshifter Chronicles, PRODIGY is available now!Book Description: Set apart from other eighteen year olds, Ana Hughes knows she is different. A life threatening heart condition smothers her future and she yearns to feel normal. Her hopes are pinned on a fresh start in a remote town far from her native Colorado. Among the locker filled hallways in Clark Bend High, Ana keeps to the shadows, not wanting to draw attention to her violet tinged lips and wilted silhouette. And she almost succeeds, until she meets Chance Morgan. Struggling to keep up appearances, she soon suspects Chance is hiding something as well. His animal-like senses, miraculous healing ability and peculiar reaction to her Thunderbird necklace compels Ana to question if there’s more to the stories about his Navajo ancestry. Without any other explanation, she fears he is playing tricks on her. But the truth may prove too much for Ana’s delicate heart…Excerpt from FLEDGLING:”Ana continued fading in and out of awareness. Relinquishing to the nothingness that engulfed her, she had the impression of movement. She heard heavy breathing, which she determined wasn’t coming from her, sounding more like snorting. She sensed herself hanging, her body limp, unwilling to forfeit control back to her wandering mind. As though she was observing everything from a distance, it felt like she was at the end of a darkened hallway, being pulled back into a hollow chasm. Inky fingers entwined her mind until there was nothing left.”Bonus Materials:A special code is provided at the back of the book, for ‘the lost chapter’ from Fledgling. Be sure to check it out.Suggested reading age- 13 years and upIt is recommended that parents participate in book selections to decide whether a book is appropriate for their children.Length: 246 pages

Author: Natasha Brown

Rating: Rating: 4.10 / 5
364 reviews

Max and the Gatekeeper by James Todd Cochrane and Susan K. Szepanski

A war has been waging for centuries; a magical and technological battle between good and evil. This conflict will affect life everywhere, but not everyone is aware it exists. When twelve-year old Max Rigdon is sent to stay with his grandfather for the summer, he unwillingly enters the fight.

The day Max steps off the bus he is marked with an evil curse and immediately becomes the target of evil men and creatures with designs on ruling the universe. Not only does this curse cause Max physical pain but it allows his enemies to track and find him. He soon learns that the reason for this unwanted attention is because his grandfather is the keeper of a gateway; a powerful machine that makes travel to hundreds of strange unknown worlds possible. The enemy will do anything to gain possession of this power in their quest to control all worlds.

With the help of his friend Cindy and others, Max must quickly learn the necessary skills to survive if he is to avoid the deadly trap that has been planned for him and his grandfather. A trap that has been decades in the making with Max as the missing piece. If successful it will change life as we know it.

Author: James Todd Cochrane and Susan K. Szepanski

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
165 reviews

A Fatal Family Secret (The Morphosis.me Files, Book #1) by Samantha Marks

If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
On the first day of high school, Kayleigh wishes she could be taller, curvier, and cooler. But when she discovers she’s a shape-shifter, she bites off more than she can chew. Overnight, she becomes a target, and surviving the school-year means defending herself against cyber-bullies, learning to control her new-found powers, and hiding from the ancient secret society that kidnapped her mother. Morphing has consequences, and Kayleigh begins to realize that being able to change into anything can mean losing herself in the process.

Author: Samantha Marks

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
221 reviews

Purple Pup by Karl Steam and Joshua Lagman

Lav and his friends are the first of their kind, specially designed to be wonderful pets. Some animals however, even modified ones, don’t want to live with humans. A few manage to escape, but quickly realize the wilderness has its own problems and that freedom can be deadly. Purple Pup is a story of action, friendship, and suspense. If you enjoy stories that are told from an animal’s perspective, this should be at the top of your reading list. It’s a special book you’ll always remember. Purple Pup contains over 90 illustrations, created by artist Joshua Lagman. These images combined with Karl Steam’s fast paced storytelling have created a book that is hard to put down. Even reluctant readers will enjoy the story of Purple Pup.

Author: Karl Steam and Joshua Lagman

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
11 reviews

Alec Kerley and the Terror of Bigfoot (Alec Kerley and the Monster Hunters Book 1) by Douglas Tanner

Alec Kerley and the Terror of Bigfoot is an upper middle grade/young adult inspirational horror story for ages 12 and up. 22 chapters, 50,000 words. Parental guidance is suggested for some intense, scary moments.*Also check out the second book in the series, Alec Kerley and the Wrath of the Vampire.*Is the legendary Bigfoot real? Twelve year-old Alec Kerley finds out, in an adventure he’ll never forget!Alec’s mom died six months ago, and his world is upside down. Now, it’s just Alec and his dad, alone, together but apart. Making matters worse, Alec has discovered that his dad works for a secret government agency that investigates monsters – real, living, breathing monsters! When Alec joined his dad and the Gonzalezes, longtime family friends of the Kerleys, on what he thought was a short getaway to the Branson, Missouri area, he and his best friend Ken Gonzalez – along with Ken’s sister Sarah and her pretty friend Emily – expected to stay in cabins with a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi. What they got instead was a close encounter with a wiggly kid named Ethan Elvis Edgar, who breaks wind whenever he gets scared, and a terrifying attack by a group of the fabled Bigfoots, who are not happy the vacationers are there. And what Alec learns through his experience is that faith and hope and healing can be found in the most unexpected places – even in the midst of the Terror of Bigfoot.Exerpt:

Author: Douglas Tanner

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
27 reviews

The Piano Girl – Part 1: She plays from memory. Her memories. (Counterfeit Princess Series) by Sherri Schoenborn Murray

She plays from memory. Her memories.
The day after her sixteenth birthday, Princess Alia finds out that she’s been given away in marriage to a man she’s never met. The war has just ended, and for Alia’s protection, she must travel to her future kingdom disguised as a chicken farmer’s daughter. This princess to pauper story is filled with problems, prayers and plenty of piano. This is Part One of a two-part series. In 2016, the Counterfeit Princess series will continue with Alia’s sister, Wren.

Author: Sherri Schoenborn Murray

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
279 reviews

The Last City (The Last City Series Book 1) by Logan Keys

Oceans apart, a young musician and a “special” soldier embark on a perilous journey for home fueled by the unyielding pursuit of freedom from the Authority.

Sixteen-year-old prodigy, Liza Randusky, waits imprisoned, blamed for the undead plague that’s slowly destroying the planet. Banished to an island where she’ll never play her beloved piano again, Liza’s steadfast sense of justice and passion for music may have the power to change her destiny. But will it be enough…

To strike back at the new world order, the troubled son of a preacher, Thomas Ripley-Hatter, suffers unspeakable alterations by the Underground to join a secret Army. Tommy knows that all hope lies in human-weapons like himself, and that somehow he must cling to his sanity…while letting loose the monster to win.

The battle begins for the last-standing sliver of humanity: Anthem.

Author: Logan Keys

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
114 reviews

Magic Unbound (Fae Unbound Teen Young Adult Fantasy Series Book 1) by Jill Nojack

Not-quite-sixteen year old Lizbet Moore expects a boring last month of summer vacation — and she gets what she’s expecting until a fifteen hundred year old Fae named Eamon shows up in her backyard disguised as a down-on-his-luck garden gnome. When Eamon slips an ancient amulet around her neck, the memories of Lizbet’s many past lives, including her first life as Morgan Le Fae, come slamming back to her to change her summer plans in a way she could never have expected.

Forced to go on the run when murderous monks show up at the back door, Lizbet hops a plane to Scotland accompanied by Eamon, the whispering voices of her past lives, and geekily cute James, the college boy from next door. Not only does she have to dodge the monks, but she’s racing against time and greedy land developers to prevent the entire race of the Fae from being destroyed.

The only thing Lizbet knows for sure is that if she fails and can’t produce a few live fairies at the end of her journey, she is going to be grounded for life…and probably for her next life, too.

Author: Jill Nojack

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
118 reviews

Into the Outside: A POST APOCALYPTIC NOVEL by Lynda Engler and Henry Dixon

Fifty years ago the Earth died. In its place emerges a dangerous jungle world with oddly altered wildlife and a handful of short-lived mutated humans. Below ground, survivors wait. Now Isabella must escape Into the Outside to save the man she loves.

Fifty years ago the Earth died. The Earth is now a fertile but dangerous jungle world. Wildlife has prospered although often in oddly altered forms. Survivors live in underground shelters waiting generations for the environment to become safe enough to emerge. Above ground, the radiation and poison has mutated the few humans that are left, but they do their best to survive for the 20 to 22 years they might live before the toxic planet or disease kills them.

16-year-old Isabella has grown up believing mutants are sub-human, stupid and would eat every shelter person if they had the chance, until she spies a wandering mutant tribe through the glass bottom swimming pool that is her shelter’s only light source. Isabella is fascinated by them, but it’s their 17-year-old leader, Malcolm, who truly captivates her – ebony skin, straw-colored hair, rippling muscles, four fingers on one hand and six on the other. Night after night she sneaks out of her shelter to watch the tribe, dressed in her grandfather’s chemical/radiation suit. When Malcolm discovers her, they are wary of each other at first but eventually become friends and then lovers. Isabella finally leaves the safety of her shelter to follow Malcolm into the perilous Outside.

Isabella knows the government plans to exterminate the mutants once it is safe for the shelter-folk to come Outside, and she expects radiation and disease, but no one in the tribe is prepared for cannibals!

Isabella’s family mourns for their lost daughter, knowing that she will die Outside, but Grandfather refuses to search for her. Even if they found her, he knows that she will not return without the mutants, and he will not allow them into the shelter. But everything changes when her brother, Luke, learns of Colonel Ericssen’s deadly plan for the mutants. Luke defies their grandfather and leaves the shelter to track down Isabella and warn her of the threat she knows nothing about. But he is no more prepared for the dangers Outside than she is. Hunted and finally captured by the military, Luke must escape their grasp, find Isabella, and save her life.

Battling the cannibal Eaters, taking on orphan children and trying to convince mutant tribes about the dangers they must prepare for makes Isabella question her decision to leave her shelter. She dreamed of making a difference in the lives of those Outside, but now she isn’t certain has the courage and strength do it.

Author: Lynda Engler and Henry Dixon

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
32 reviews

World Whisperer by Rachel Devenish Ford

A devastating sacrifice. A daring rescue. A new world of magic unveiled.The people of the Worker village revere their walls, despise outsiders, and sacrifice their children to the waves when harvests fail. Isika is a fourteen-year-old outsider whose brother is about to be sacrificed. Will she be able to conquer her fear and find the strength to challenge the goddesses, save her brother, and discover her true identity? World Whisperer is the first book in Rachel Devenish Ford’s adventurous young adult fantasy series. If you like Robin McKinley, Madeleine L’Engle, or the Chronicles of Narnia, you’ll love this brilliant magical world, populated with fantastic creatures and diverse characters. Buy World Whisperer to begin your adventure today.

Author: Rachel Devenish Ford

Rating: Rating: 4.70 / 5
65 reviews