Book Review: The Medium Path

 Ruby is sick and tired of being a ghost. All she wants to do is move on like all the rest of the ghosts she needs to deal with. But being a spirit guide, it’s not that simple. Passing on her life force doesn’t work for her like it does for regular ghosts and until she figures out how that works, she’s just stuck transporting spirits to the afterlife. Life after death is pretty much the same old same old. That is until someone starts stealing souls. And she starts falling for a medium named Michael. Then life gets a little bit more complicated.

It took me a little bit (read: four months or so) to get into this book. Indeed, the beginning with Ruby helping this sad excuse for a teenager named Lucy did not really interest me and I was easily distracted b Continue reading

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Spooky Ginger Love by Kendall Morgan

Gay bear Keith is happy to join his friends for a weekend getaway for bears at Camp You-Me. He is just looking for some one night stands during this getaway, but he ended up getting more than he bargained for when he ends up falling for a local man named Ronnie. But everything goes awry when Keith realizes no one else at the camp has seen or heard of Ronnie, and Ronnie’s house looks like it has been abandoned for years. It isn’t long before Keith thinks he is in love with a ghost.

This story wasn’t bad at all. It was well-written and cute. I loved his friends’ personalities, and their easy banter, as well as how well they had his back. Keith was pretty cool, too, although it was hard to see him act shy and awkward around Ronnie when he was confident around everyone else at camp. Even though I’m not a fan of insta-love stories, this one worked out, because the getaway was only for two days, it would have seemed stranger to stay there for a longer amount of time, and if they had been in the town near the camp, one of the locals would have told Keith about Ronnie sooner. My only real problem was its predictability. I didn’t guess the exact details of Ronnie’s story, but I was pretty close, probably because of so much foreshadowing in the book. It was entertaining and sweet overall. I wouldn’t recommend this story to young readers because of some explicit sex scenes, but I think most adult LGBT romance fans would enjoy this “spooky” love story.

 

 

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When Meg Cabot Went Dark: Jinx by Meg Cabot

Howdy YAL!

It’s not easy being Jinx.

The only thing Jean Honeychurch hates more than her boring name (not Jean Marie, or Jeanette, just…Jean) is her all-too-appropriate nickname, Jinx. Misfortune seems to follow her everywhere she goes—which is why she’s thrilled to be moving in with her aunt and uncle in New York City. Maybe when she’s halfway across the country, Jinx can finally outrun her bad luck. Or at least escape the havoc she’s caused back in her small hometown.

But trouble has definitely followed Jinx to New York. And it’s causing big problems for her cousin Tory, who is not happy to have the family black sheep around. Beautiful, glamorous Tory is hiding a dangerous secret—one that she’s sure Jinx is going to reveal.
Jinx is beginning to realize it isn’t just bad luck she’s been running from. It’s something far more sinister…and the curse Jinx has lived under since…

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The Sanctum Book One: The Girl by Madhuri Blaylock

“I am one thousand percent a girl. A most powerful, awesome, brilliant girl who can destroy you with a thought. I can creep into your mind and persuade you to kill yourself. I am immune to your silly, little Raven blades and Shields of the Gods. I am smarter than your most intelligent officers” -Dev

You know, maybe it’s just my crappy choices, but it’s hard for me to find a decent urban fantasy with a badass protagonist (or good fight scenes). Which is too bad, because I love them. And The Girl by Madhuri Blaylock has them.

The Sanctum is an organization founded by ten families to deal with Magicals (wizards, vampires, trolls, etc.). In New York, two of their Class A Warriors, Wyatt and Ryker, are sent to hunt down a hybrid demon that is said to be very dangerous. When they find her, however, things go a little awry, especially when Wyatt falls in love with her.

Dev is a trained warrior who hates the Sanctum– and is also half angel, and half demon. When the Sanctum kills her family and tries to kill her, she accidentally slips through a portal into New York City and arrives severely injured, and at the mercy of two Sanctum warriors who at the moment want to help her, not kill her.

This is an awesome book. No other words to really describe it. It’s funny, and the characters are awesome. I’d recommend this book to just about anyone who likes strong female protagonists and adventure, as well as anyone who watches Supernatural.

INTERVIEW WITH MADHURI BLAYLOCK

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a lawyer by day, writer and avid shoe and dress buyer at all other times. I live in Jersey City, via Brooklyn via Snellville, Georgia. I came to New York to attend Barnard College, fell madly in love and never left. What remains of my southern accent comes out when I’m nervous or pissed.

I’m married to Henry, who is also a lawyer, and only a lawyer (no side gigs for that dude) because he actually likes being a lawyer (go figure), probably always wanted to be a lawyer and is really, really good at all things lawyerly. He’s also pretty hot.

We’ve got a big kid, Miss Sydney, and a little kid, the one and only Dash. They’re awesome and fierce and supremely cool and able to make me laugh at the strangest things. I would love to add a dog, some chickens, a goat and a burro to this crew. Everyone needs a burro.

Some of my favorites, in no particular order: ice cream, Kill Bill, four-inch heels, Matt Damon, tattoos, Laini Taylor, scotch on the rocks, The Sanctum trilogy, random office supplies, Martha’s Vineyard, “The Girl” aka my Mini, Rihanna, Doc Martens, tulips, photo booths and dancing like a fool.

  1. What’s your typical writing day (or night)?

I usually write every weeknight after putting my son to sleep. I tend to stay up pretty late working, then review what I did in the morning and then on my way into work, I do more writing. It’s crazy because my commute into the city from Jersey City is only about 17 minutes, but I manage to get quite a bit of writing done during that time. On the weekends, I sneak it in wherever I can, between balancing a very active five year old, errands and life in general.

  1. Who was your favorite character to write about in The Girl?

Easily Dev. She’s the reason I created the trilogy and I love her madly. She’s so strong and determined and presents this incredibly fierce face, because she can really back it up, she’s seriously no joke, but she’s also playful and tender and sexy.

And vulnerable. I enjoy exploring her few weaknesses, which make her somewhat human and very relatable. You root for her on so many different levels.

  1. If you could put Jools in a fistfight with another character from fiction, who would you put her up against?

Evelyn Salt or Beatrix Kiddo, mostly because I freaking love them, not because I think either of them could beat her. No one’s beating Jools, except maybe herself.

  1. Was there any particular inspiration for the characters or the story?

Laini Taylor’s “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” – it’s so beautiful and cool and completely unique and made me want to try to write something as interesting and  moving, something that sticks with you.

Regarding the characters, I had been reading a lot of fantasy and paranormal books and felt as if I kept meeting these amazingly powerful and wicked girls who only became that way because a boy clued them into whatever aspect of themselves made them so awesome and wicked in the first place. I wanted to create a girl who knew she was the sh*t from jump, who didn’t need anyone telling her about herself. And so came Dev.

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what’s in store for Wyatt, Dev, Ryker, and Jools?

Without giving anything away, that’s tough. I can tell you in the face of tremendous peril and devastation, they each come into their own.

  1. What’s your favorite/least favorite part about writing?

My favorite is when an idea hits you out of the blue, at the most random moment, and you just write, it just pours out of you and it’s beautiful, almost perfect as soon as it hits the paper.

My least favorite aspect is the promotion, which isn’t truly “writing”, but when you’re an Indie author, it might as well be.

  1. Do you listen to music while you write, or do you need absolute silence?

Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of Amy Winehouse, Adele and Duffy. Sexy, tough girls. Not sure if my writing plays off my playlist or vice-versa, but either way, it’s working. Of course, when Adele’s “My Same” comes on, that can be a problem because it’s so distracting – I really can’t do anything but dance when I hear it.

  1. Which author(s) do you think has inspired you the most in your writing?

As I mentioned earlier, Laini Taylor’s ability to weave a beautiful tale has completely gotten under my skin; I have a huge girl-crush on her right now. I love Marquez’s and Amado’s magical realism, Zora Neale Hurston’s ability to capture a dialect, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s exploration of myth from the female perspective and David Sedaris’ incomparable and insane wit. He’s such a gift. (Just so we’re clear, I’m not comparing myself to these writers at all!)

  1. What books are you currently reading or that you want to read soon?

Veronica Roth’s Allegiant, Amy Joy’s The Academie, Hugh Howie’s Wool, Junot Diaz’ This is How You Lose Her

  1. Is there anything else you like to say? 

I would like to send a HUGE shout out to Kara for reading and reviewing my book and interviewing me about THE GIRL and the writing process. I am so very appreciative of the support, it means a lot. And am totally down for doing this again, any time you want. Rock on.

 

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