The Girl in Cabin 13 by A.J. Rivers
When Emma finds a dead body on her porch with her name written on the dead man's hand she uncovers a sinister clue to the mystery that has haunted her since childhood.
FBI agent Emma Griffin is sent undercover to the small sleepy town of Feathered Nest to uncover the truth behind the strings of disappearances that has left the town terrified.
To Emma there is nothing that can lay buried forever. Even though her own childhood has been plagued by deaths and disappearances.
Her mother’s death, her father’s disappearance, and her boyfriend’s disappearance. The only cases that she hasn’t solved.
Her obsession with finding out the truth behind her past was what led her to join the FBI.
Now, she must face what may be her biggest case. In Cabin 13 there lies an uneasy feeling. The feeling of her movements being watched.
When a knock on her door revealed a body on her porch and her name written on a piece of paper in the dead man’s hand. Suddenly her worlds collide.
With the past still haunting her, Emma must fight past her own demons to stop the body count from rising.
The woods have secrets. And this idyllic town has dark and murderous ones.
Either she reveals them or risk them claiming her too.
In Feathered Nest, nothing is what it seems.
The Girl in Cabin 13 is about to find out that the dead may have secrets of their own.
Wow. What a great beginning to the series. Emma Griffin's story has so many complex layers to it. The writing is fantastic. I was intrigued from page one till the end. Lots of twists to keep the reader guessing. And that ending!
Claire Duncan was great as the narrator and I really enjoyed her take on the characters.
Summoned by Mckayla Eaton
Seventeen-year-old Alton is miles away, just wishing he had a tutor he didn’t outsmart or outmatch. His prayers are answered when Professor Victor Orvius makes an unexpected visit, offering to teach Alton magic without the restrictions. The only condition is that he follow Orvius’ rules and not ask too many questions.
Alton soon discovers he’s not Orvius’ only student. Reagan is a competitive young witch with a bad attitude and talent for sarcasm. Their personalities clash, causing trouble for both on more than one occasion, until they realize a greater threat than being one-upped.
The demon threatens not only their chances at passing their magic finals—it threatens their lives. If Alton and Reagan can’t learn to get along, they could be facing their deaths…or an eternity together, trapped in another realm.
Let me begin by saying that I enjoyed this story. The only thing that bugged me is that the author makes it a point to tell the reader this is not a Harry Potter type magic stories and goes on to point out the differences. Did the story strike a HP cord with me? Yes, but only slightly. There are major differences. Was it necessary for the author to blatantly point out the differences? No, and yet she did. Moving on.
Summoned is a fast-paced YA book about teenage witches and warlocks who are tutored in groups of two in the craft. Reagan and Alton are brought together to be trained by Victor Orvius. But Orvius has some strange teaching methods and is harboring a dark secret as to why he brought Reagan and Alton together. But Reagan is perhaps concealing the biggest secret of all.
Summoned has a unique story arc. The characters are well defined and intense. One of my favorite parts of the story is the goats on the roof. I will be checking out the next book in this series.
The narrator Becci Martin did a great job bringing this story to life. I especially enjoyed her portrayal of Reagen.
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Sisters of the Moon by Alexandrea Weis
On an island in Lake Obersee, where The Sisters of St. Gertrude abide, a destitute Moor named Durra arrives. Sold for taxes, she and her two companions tend to the nuns and their collection of cats. At night, she combs the library for details on the order, the remote island, and the beasts howling outside her window.
But when a prank reveals the sisters’ gruesome secret, Durra is forced to accept a new fate. Bestowed an unearthly power, she must choose between life as a nun or living among the monsters beyond the convent walls.
Her path is about to change the tide in the ultimate war. The war between good and evil
Magic Conquered Bk 4 Rise of the Arcanist
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.
Every six months a seemingly random group of magical beings go missing from the same location and are never seen again. If an investigation doesn’t begin now, it could be another six months before there is another chance. Consumed by the hunt for a cult of dark witches and their impossibly powerful leader, Jen and her friends are hesitant to take on yet another mystery, but if they don’t, who will?
Magic Conquered is Book Four in the Urban Fantasy series, Rise of the Arcanist, featuring vampires, elementals, witches, 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 paranormal with a dash of mystery and suspense, make Magic Conquered yours 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.*
With the transfer of the Devil's Knot, it falls to Ashley to awaken the Titan known as Gaia. If any among them are to survive the ritual, painstaking preparations must be made ... including care for Damian’s monstrous form.
Terrence and Vicky race to the Abyss for one mad gambit to save Damian, only to realize there is far more to Gaia than any of them could have imagined. Reeling from the revelation, the team scrambles to recover with time running out. Unrelenting, the Eldritch close in on Rivercene as the extent of Nudd’s twisted madness is exposed. When the battle fades, nothing in their world will ever be the same...
Gemma also has amnesia, and Tansy’s too busy painting macabre art to be forthcoming about their past. The town speaks to Gemma about a “Mr. Hardin,” and it doesn’t take her long to learn she was married to the oil tycoon before he mysteriously went missing.
While Gemma begs Tansy to tell her more about their life with the handsome stranger, Gemma soon learns that the town harbors a secret society. And Mr. Hardin? He was the leader.
If Gemma can’t figure out what happened while maintaining her volatile relationship with Tansy, the town will assume Gemma killed Mr. Hardin—and even more alters will take root in Gemma’s already crowded mind.
An acutely observed modern-day psychological thriller that plunges into the daunting abyss of mental illness, community indoctrination, and cult group-mind.
Elizabeth Kirke hasn't officially revealed the cover or blurb for the next Rise of the Arcanist book but if you hope over to Amazon you can preorder it.