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T*Witches: Destiny’s Twins by H.B. Gilmour & Randy Reisfeld

The Twitches are back in the final book of the series. Can they become witches and follow in their family’s legacy? Or will Thantos prevent them from their initiation by throwing evil at them from all directions?

Title: Destiny’s Twins
Author: H. B. Gilmour & Randy Reisfeld
Series: T*Witches Book 10
Publish Date: February 1, 2004, Scholastic
Genre: YA paranormal fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: In this gripping installment, Cam and Alex are on the brink of Initiation—until someone evil sets out to stop them from succeeding. Can the twins still become true witches?

It’s the moment they’ve been waiting for. Cam and Alex are about to be initiated. In just a month, the girls will be welcomed as full-fledged witches in a blowout bash on Coventry.

But first, they’ve got to prove themselves witch-worthy. The twins must complete a series of tough magick tests. And they’ve got an extra-credit exam: someone sketchy is out to stop them both from succeeding. It’s up to the twins to decide how to get rid of this creep. But they’d better choose wisely. Because nothing less than their destiny is at stake.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Kat Mandu says…

The Twitches are back in the final book of the series. Can they become witches and follow their family’s legacy? Or will Thantos prevent them from their initiation by throwing evil at them from all directions?

All bets are off for the twins as they spend their entire birthday month studying, training, and preparing for their Coventry Island initiation. This test will prove just how strong, brave, and kind they are against all witchy situations. But they’re also dealt wild cards in the fact that their malicious Uncle Thantos is plotting against them. He’s recruited Sersee and some of his other lackeys to tear Alex and Cam apart when they need each other most.

I don’t really have much to say about this book. I mean, happy ending, and lots of precious self-discovery and proud moments. However, it lacks in the build up. I just thought that there would be more to their initiation or more to the book itself perhaps? There was very little backlash from other villainous characters, like Sersee and the other Furies. Plus, you never really hear about the drama with Shane and what’s happened to him after he tried to kill Thantos.

Either way, I enjoyed this reread of the series.

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

You might try the Daughters of the Moon series by Lynne Ewing, the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan, and Witches’ Key To Terror by Silver RavenWolf.

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A Vampire’s Love by Eileen Sheehan

On Halloween, the veil between the supernatural world and ours is at its thinnest. Genice, a supernatural skeptic, is in for one wild ride!

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

A Vampires loveTitle: A Vampire’s Love
Author: Eileen Sheehan
Series: Standalone for now
Publish Date: October 15, 2017, Earth Wise Books
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Provided by Author

Publisher’s Description: Accepting an invitation to a paranormal investigation on Halloween night was supposed to help Genice disprove superstitions and myths. Instead, it brought encounters with ghosts, the death of a dear friend, and the awakening of a side of her she never knew existed. It was a vampire’s love that made it all worthwhile.


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

I have read several of Ms. Sheehan’s novels. They are always great for a quick, steamy read. The characters are well written with the exception of one. Genice is a skeptic; she doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but she accepts that her new boyfriend is a vampire from another dimension and takes it all pretty well. This is a little unbelievable to me. I feel that if she has been a die-hard non-believer all her life, she would have a little trouble adjusting to the news.

It is interesting that vampires are from another dimension. I like that this novella adds to the vampire lore/mystery rather than going off old tropes. I look forward to hearing more about the vampire council and more about the other vampire characters in upcoming novels.

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There is lots of action and paranormal activity in this novel. Throw in some steamy sex scenes and you have yourself a novel to read while relaxing with a glass of wine. But beware there is are a couple of rape scenes that may disturb that peace.

I always look forward to these quick reads and enjoy them. I have to give this novella 3 fangs for good writing and well-written characters (for the most part).

Other recommendations…

Check out these other great reads by Eileen Sheehan: The Vampire, The Handler, and Me, Dark Escape, Vampire Witch

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Novus by Crystal Marcos

In this dystopian novel, the Cresecren are a race created by humans. Cayden is one of them, living in a world where people like him are treated like mere servants. Can he survive in a war between the species? Or will he lose everything if he does?

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Title: Novus
Author: Crystal Marcos
Series: The Cresecren Chronicles, Book 01
Publish Date: August 28, 2015
Genre: YA Dystopian
Source: Provided by the author

Publisher’s Description: Seventeen-year-old Cayden expected to live out his days with the dysfunctional Human family he was assigned to serve. One fateful night, however, landed him in Gavaron, the home of maimed, elderly, or defiant.

Beyond its borders is the Den, an area much more dangerous than Cayden ever imagined. He unwittingly becomes involved in a conspiracy and is one of a handful of survivors fleeing a deadly attack. They set off on a perilous journey in search of refuge and the truth. Along the way, Cayden begins to comprehend the difference between fully living and merely surviving, while trying to balance his emotions and a forbidden love.


Kat Mandu says…

This is a dystopian novel, though I wouldn’t relate it to the Divergent, Hunger Games, or even The Lunar Chronicles series because it didn’t remind me of any of them. It has a lot of action, intrigue, and interesting characters, but I’m not quite sure why people are calling it the next Hunger Games.

It’s set in a world where Mother Nature kinda went crazy because of all the industrial pollution and whatnot, so Cresecrens were invented to withstand the harsh nature of things and become humanity’s sacrificial slaves.

Cayden is one of these Cresecrens, exiled by the human family he served for stupid reasons. He and his fellow Cresecrens become entangled in a web of renegade deceit and end up becoming wanted terrorists.

The idea behind it sounds great, but for me, it kinda fell flat. There were quite a few action scenes I had to reread because I didn’t understand what was happening the first time. It felt like minor details were left out, and even when I went back to reread it, I still didn’t quite catch it. Maybe that’s just me, though.

The only other thing that bothered me was the repetition of an idea. Cayden and his ragtag group of friends are running, trying to find sanctuary, but this happens about four times, and each time, they are either betrayed completely by humans or their own kind, or something happens that makes them have to leave the sanctuary. You’d think they’d learn after a while not to trust anyone and move on by themselves.

Besides that, the characters are engaging enough to keep my attention. Cayden is your not-so-typical-typical teenage boy, all naïve and experiencing certain feelings for the first time. Later, there are two girls who become somewhat love interests—one more than the other—that play a role in shaping him into the person he’s meant to be. Plus a bunch of other silly and serious characters that make the story both fun and deadly along the way.

I enjoyed this read, I just feel like it needs some editing on the action scenes and some better world building.

Other recommendations…

…you might try stuff with cool, futuristic tech like Divergent, The Last Survivors, or The Maze Runner.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

T*Witches: Kindred Spirits by H.B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfeld

In Kindred Spirits, Alex and Cam are off to Coventry Island—the small island where they were born and where witches and warlocks are free to use their magic. But it’s not all fun. The twins are there for a funeral—but may soon be attending their own.

Title: Kindred Spirits
Author: H.B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfeld
Series: T*Witches, Book 07
Publish Date: February 1, 2003, Scholastic
Genre: YA paranormal fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionIn the seventh installment of this mega-popular series, teen witches Cam and Alex return to their birthplace and discover a few shocking secrets about their mysterious past!

Welcome to Coventry Island, a lush, mystical land that is home to a powerful community of witches and warlocks. It is here that teen witches Cam and Alex were born. And now, the twins have returned to Coventry to say a final farewell to their beloved guardian Karsh. But when the girls visit their ancestral home on the island, they discover there are many truths to be revealed about their past. Their mother, Miranda, has secrets to share. And then there’s the group of teen witches and warlocks who Cam and Alex meet. Will these teens help the twins…or are they up to something more sinister?

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Kat Mandu says…

The Twitches are back in the seventh installment of this fun, magical series. Alex, excited to be finally around people and magic she understands, feels at home on Coventry Island. Not so much for Cam, who feels like the only home that is truly hers is the one she left behind. Either way, both girls get to see their family estate their own is the ruined house where they were born. They get to meet up with Miranda, their mother, plus Ileana and Thantos, who each have agendas and drama of their own.

The plot focuses on them “coming out” into the witch land and accepting their heritage, dealing with the loss of their beloved mentor Karsh, and facing off against a new enemy they weren’t expecting.

Sersee is an interesting villain, though she doesn’t come off as truly evil—more something to be feared, but also pitied. She’s got a history and a bad one at that. Plus she’s determined to prove herself to Thantos, so she’ll do anything to please him, even if it means handing over the twins to him.

But in the end, the sisters kick butt and use their powers of good to help win the fight. It’s cheesy and sometimes overdramatic, but still a fun read for kids and adults going through their old books. *wink wink*

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

You might try the Daughters of the Moon series by Lynne Ewing, the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan, and Witches’ Key To Terror by Silver RavenWolf.

Hinder: A Bender’s Novel by Kristin Ping

What would you do if the one you were meant to be with was also the one who would destroy you in the end? In a world where magic is real, two teens are about to face the test of their lives.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

HinderTitle: Hinder: A Bender’s Novel
Author: Kristin Ping
Series: Guardian of the Monsters 
Projected Publish Date: May 15, 2018, Fire Quill Publishing
Genre: YA/New Adult Fantasy
Source: Bewitching Book Tours

Publisher’s DescriptionEthan Sutcliff seems like a normal seventeen-year-old—at least that’s what he’s trying to portray. In a secret society run by the Supernaturals, Ethan is what witches call a Bender. Benders are Witches’ Guardians, who are able to control a witches’ ability, bend it, or move it away from harming humans. In Ethan’s case, he is able to bend the Earth element. But at the age of fifteen, he lost all connection to it, and the reasons behind it could only mean one of two things: His Wielder is either dead or hiding out somewhere.

Alex Burgendorf has been living in her aunt’s locket for the past sixteen years with her mother—a Fire Wielder, and her father—a Water Wielder. For sixteen years, her parents vowed to protect her, and they have, as she is the last Earth wielding witch. However, time is running out. Alex must find her Bender, or the fate of the Supernaturals might be at stake.

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Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

I really wanted to love this book. The synopsis was right up my alley.  According to the author, Hinder is part of an overarching series. This book mostly focuses on witches, the Wielders and Benders of natural elements. Alex is a rare Earth Wielder, and evil powers-that-be want her magic. Ethan is her guardian and Bender, able to move Alex’s magic away from harming humans. 

Sounds cool and full of potential, right?

I hate to say it, but it fell a little flat for me. One of the major issues I had with this novel was the Wielder/Bender relationship. Being romantically involved is forbidden. All throughout the novel, we hear this but never really find out why. Even more specifically, why only pairs that are in love? There is a hint that it is a curse, but this felt like an easy out to me. One major question never even gets answered. Why have Benders at all? Wielders seem to be able to handle their element on their own. There is mention of Benders being able to bring their Wielders back from the dark, but I feel like this is unnecessary. The whole concept just didn’t seem fully thought out. 

Nothing I could find on the novel said that it was YA. But it reads very much like a YA novel (which is probably why many users on Goodreads tagged it as such). There is so much teen angst! I feel that the sex scenes and expletives were thrown in for the sake of being there and aren’t necessarily needed. There were also a few minor grammatical errors such as wrong word usage and tense confusion that will hopefully be fixed in the final edition.

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All that being said, I did enjoy the idea of the story and thought that the characters had potential. It was both funny and sad and even had a few eye-rolling moments.  I just hope that the major issues are fixed for future readers for the final publication. I give it 3 leaves.

Other recommendations…

Try these other great fantasy reads: The Elemental Series by Brigid Kemmerer, The Elemental Assassin Series by Jennifer Estep, Air Awakens series by Elise Kova

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.