I kicked the month off with a middle grade horror rec from Kelly Martin. The Collector by K.R. Alexander was a spine tingling page turner. This author is moving to the top of my TBR list.
I also completed the Chantilly Adair series by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson with Praying for Peace. I had this one in audio but I wasn't thrilled with the narrator so I grabbed the ebook to finish. I also read Spooks For Sale, a new series from this author. It wasn't my fave but I still enjoyed the story.
I read an ARC from one of my favorite authors, Elizabeth Kirke. She has a brand new serial about her More Than Magic crew. Book 1 dropped on June 20th. The new series is more a urban fantasy mystery. i am stoked to read it!
Lastly, I caught up on the audiobooks from the last two installments in the Vesik Series by Eric Asher. This man is a genius at world building. I am just in awe of his work.
I also finished the week with The Ghost Files Book 3 on audio too. My word, this one nearly gave me a heart attack! I thought I was going to have to call Apryl Baker out.
***Click on the author's name to be taken to their Amazon page. All books EXCEPT K.R. Alexander are available in Kindle Unlimited at the time of this post.
Third House by Heather Karn
In this epic continuation of Koda’s story, trust will be tried, tears will be shed, and bonds of love will be formed. The fate of Third House hangs in the balance, as does the fate of the world. Can the last Head of Third House save those she loves or are they all doomed to fail?
Author Note: It’s recommended for full details about the fall of St. Louis that you read Zero Tolerance before Third House as this incident will not be discussed in detail so that it will not ruin Raven’s prequel novel.
This series by Karn is my absolute favorite of her body of work!
Cammie's having an average teenage bad day, complete with her car dying on the side of the road, when she’s attacked from behind. As soon as she wakes up, everything Cammie knows about space and extraterrestrials is turned on its head. First, she’s on a real spaceship whose crew proves that aliens aren’t little green people. Second, there are more alien races than she’d considered, and some are at war. If that wasn’t enough, the ship’s captain, Kilani, is adamant he’s not taking her back to Earth for one glaring reason: she’s classified as a Mate, a female able to bear children.
With Kilani’s race dying out, they’ve become desperate to find a solution, but Cammie wants nothing to do with it. All she wants is to return to Earth, that is until Kilani starts showing her what space travel is all about, and that a lonely captain might be just what she’s looking for. However, the question remains for both of them: by the time they reach Kilani’s home world, will he have convinced Cammie to choose him as a Mate, or will she continue to fight to return home?
Cammie is kidnapped by aliens who are studying other races for an infertility cure for their own race. The author took Cammie (and me) on an inner galactic adventure to new planets. Cammie is full of spunk and sass. Despite the differences in species, she takes it all in stride with an open mind and an open heart. Cammie's love interest, Ki, is amazing. All races of males could learn the art of wooing a woman from Ki.
The reader could easily parallel things happening in our world today to this story. If only everyone were as open minded and loving as Cammie.
The Collector by K.R. Alexander
As Josie gets caught up in her illicit friendship with Vanessa, Annie is caught in the crossfire. What follows is a chilling tale of dark magic, friendship, and some very creepy dolls.
Rundown house in the woods✔
Creepy dolls✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔times a billion
I loved this middle grade horror and definitely plan on snagging up more books by this author.
Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
Working as a personal assistant to the busiest realtor in the small Southern town of Swan Hallow always kept me plenty busy, but then my boss’s partner died and I got a promotion... Just without the extra pay.
Now I’m showing old homes, and every single one of them is haunted. As a witch, I’m not supposed to be able to see ghosts. But I do. And they know I do. And I know they know I do. And, oh boy.
Worse yet, an apparition that looks an awful lot like my boss’s dead partner has come knocking, and demanding I solve her murder. I’ve been given an ultimatum: help or die. It looks like I can’t really trust anyone any more. Will my cat, mouse familiar, and a new shapeshifter friend be enough to help me get the job done in what little time I have left?
Castleberry Historical society manager Chantilly Adair is excited to finalize the proposal plans for the old Baptist church just outside of town, officially marking it as a registered historic property.
But that excitement turns to confusion when she finds a dead body hidden in a janitor’s closet in the basement, and the former pastor’s spirit hovering nearby.
Impeded by the cantankerous spirit Chantilly knows is hiding something, she must pick her way through the mystery of a long-ago fire and the dead guy stuffed inside the closet.
Can Chantilly discover how the two crimes are connected, and will she find out who the killer is before she becomes the next victim?
I love that in Praying for Peace a potential crime from decades ago is died to a present day murder. To solve this 'whodunit' Chantilly must unravel today's mystery but finding outwhat really happened at the church fire all those years ago. This one weaves a suspenseful web.
For me it is Thelma and Charlie's love that steals the show. Aspenson writes the best secondary characters.
Magic Betrayed by Elizabeth Kirke
They say it took one hundred magical beings to defeat the first Arcanist. Great care was taken to ensure the secret to his malevolent power died with him. Now the brutal reign of the Arcanist has become little more than a scary bedtime story. And yet, the descendants of his loyal followers are sworn to find a way to bestow his dark magic upon another. If they succeed, they’ll unleash a new terror upon an unsuspecting world.
Now, magics are vanishing without a trace. It’s up to Jen Maddox, a young witch working for the Magical Enforcement and Secrecy Agency, to find out why. Jen soon learns that those responsible for the disappearances will do whatever it takes to stop her investigation... including using an ancient, forbidden magic. With each clue uncovered the mystery grows, pointing towards one unthinkable scenario — an Arcanist is once again rising.
Magic Betrayed is Book One in the Urban Fantasy series, Rise of the Arcanist, featuring witches, vampires, werewolves, and more. It is a New Adult spin-off of USA Today Bestselling author Elizabeth Kirke’s award-winning More than Magic series. If you like your magic mixed with a little mystery and sweet romance, dive into your copy today.
*Rise of the Arcanist is a six book serial, with each installment releasing a month apart. You do *not* have to read the original More than Magic trilogy to enjoy it.*
Magic Betrayed is book one in the author's six-book serial, Rise of the Arcanist. The new series is much darker and more sinister than the trilogy. Magics have been disappearing and it is up to our group to figure out why. Part fantasy, part mystery, all awesomeness, I flew threw the pages of this story. And that ending! Edge of my seat! Of course I can't go into detail because of spoilers but trust me, one-click now.
Eric Asher ~ Vesik Series
To save a life, Zola must find an anchor to transfer a blood knot of untold power, and she knows exactly who to turn to. An old ally, Ward, is gifted in the ancient arts and may hold the key to Vesik’s salvation.
With his team by his side, Ward embarks on a quest through the outskirts of The Golden City, which is rife with Unseelie Fae and Irontouched alike. Their only hope is a dangerous meeting with a highly trained cadre - who balance their loyalties on a knife’s edge.
As they embark on their path of knowledge and terror, tables take a jarring turn when a long lost apprentice, believed to be claimed by the darkness, makes a ghoulish return. The time for peace is near the end, and Ward must trust in those who rarely trust themselves in order to fulfill his mission
The world building and layers make this an epic series. While I love delving deeper into the many characters, the suspense of Damien's predicament is killing me!
Eric Moon is a fantastic narrator for this series. It amazes me who she can keep all the individual accents and nuances for each voice she lends to the story.
The Burning Lands once again beckon Vicky as she and Zola fight to release Tessrian on the realm of the fire demons. Traveling aboard an ancient ship known as the Bone Sails, the infamous pirate Graybeard takes the helm. But all is not what it seems.
Together, they must fulfill Vesik’s promise on their journey to obtain an ancient and powerful coin that can restore the power of a Titan and sever the magic of the Mad King. Time is running short, and failure will shatter the world around them.
But the Burning Lands have sunk their spindly claws into Vicky once more. Danger lurks around every corner after the fall of Prosperine left the realm in chaos. Completing their quest falls on the shoulders of a forgotten destroyer, a necromancer’s master, and a pirate who’s stolen history might prove the end of them all...
Erin Moon, the narrator, is fantabulous at tearing this story from your speakers and bring it to life.
Apryl Baker's The Ghost Files
Three, four, better salt your door…
Five, six, death and hatred mix…
Seven, eight, help will come too late…
Nine, ten, never reap again…
Seventeen year old Mattie Hathaway has enough on her plate without having to deal with the latest teenage ghost drama. The ghosts of eight murdered girls are out for her blood. They blame Mattie for their deaths. She has to figure out what happened to them before they make sure she ends up just like them…dead and angry.
Not only that, but she has to face the greatest fear of her young life, the death of the only person she’s ever loved. Can she let nature take its course or will she interfere and cause the balance of life and death to spiral out of control?
She’s out of time, and doesn’t know if she should trust Silas, the demon who has taken a very disturbing interest in her, or her father, a man just as evil as Silas. Either way, she has to make a choice. But what will it cost her and those she loves?
This is a phenomenal series from Apryl Baker and the narrator Krista Kurtzberg was fantastic at bringing the story to life.