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"...And honestly, I'm blown away. From the first sample chapter Stasia sent me, I've been hooked, waiting anxiously for the ARC to arrive in my inbox, and then desperately trying to get out of my reading slump so I could read it.
Nine While Nine has everything I want in a good YA Fantasy, (and being Scottish, having wee references thrown in there doesn't hurt to sweeten the deal) from mythical lands to strange new powers and forbidden romance."
"Ever since I saw this lovely cover, which by the way is one of my favorites of the year, I have been anxiously waiting to read it! First what I loved is the girl is like 30 or shall I say woman! It's so hard for me to find Adult or NA books that interest me because most of the time they are just contemporary AB-stomach books or a bunch of descriptions that I don't care about! Thank goodness for this book! Finally, an adult story that held my interest with great writing! And can I just mention the name Gideon!"
This book has a really grabby opener– it starts right bang on the action with no fooling around with
Suddenly Isabelle is catapulted into an unfamiliar world of hard to pronounce Celtic myth and legend, and her ability to fit in will determine whether she gets to keep her new life or not. The reader, like Isabelle, has a lot to learn about the inhabitants and workings of this Celticafterlifescene setting orworldback story. Sometimes I find that disorienting. Here I found it engaging and suitable for the story, which follows the story of a *very* disoriented protagonist, Isabelle, as she navigates her new life-after-life career as an escort for recently deceased souls..Fortunately the author has provided us with a glossary and a pronunciation guide!
Wow! I could not put this book down! From start to finish, I craved turning the pages of this unusual paranormal/contemporary romance novel! This is a very different kind of story and I love when an author can blend the old with the new and create such visually and emotionally captivating characters, as did Stasia Morineaux in No Time To Cry. I was given this book as an ARC in exchange for my honest review and the first thing I did when I finished reading this story was to immediately seek out the second novel; alas, there is not yet one, but I am hopeful that I will get to read a lot more about Iliana and Gideon, as well as all of the other fantastic characters in this very well written book. I do not write spoilers, but I will tell you that if you’re looking for that “something different” book that is engaging, funny, witty, and intense, look no further – you will find it here in this wonderful book by Stasia Morineaux.
Manda's 5 Star Review at Who Picked This?
Wow this book was amazing. It was exactly what I needed to get out of my book slump. I am a huge fan of paranormal books but very rarely find books in that genre that really stand out. From the very start this book stands out and completely captures your attention. Once I cracked the pages I could not put it down. The writing is fantastic and the storyline is amazing and original. This book does not read like it is written by a new author. The story is complicated and complex and reads as though written by a seasoned author. Some of the terminology can get a bit confusing at times, but the author provides us with a glossary and pronunciation guide in the back of the book to help you along. The descriptions and imagery the author provides are beautiful and make you feel like you are really there seeing everything. The dream sequences are a perfect example of beautiful writing and fantastic story telling.
Review by Author Lee Ness
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What an outstanding book. When I first read ‘Twilight’, my wife asked me what it was about and it was hard to explain. While I could have said it was about Vampires and Werewolves, it would have done it a disservice. So she asked me, what’s happening? My answer was it’s hard to explain. Nothing but everything. I’m totally gripped.Twilight, because I need to describe this book in the same way. (It’s not the same style as Twilight, I’m just talking about the way I would describe it). It’s beautifully written, the storyline burns at what seems like a low level, but it is thoroughly absorbing and gripping. The characters are great and you are desperate to find out the truth along with Isabelle. I’m not going to tell you much more than that, because I won’t do the book justice, as I explained above.read
Death Meets Celtic Mythology...A Review by Sarah M. Cradit, Author of The House of Crimson and Clover series.
No Time to Cry is both highly original, and unpredictable. The story starts out in immediate chaos and action as the heroine is thrust into her new world, an effect that is equally as abrupt for her as it is for readers. We follow her into this new world, sharing her confusion, her frustration at not understanding who/what she is and what is expected of her, and her feelings about the people who are now her peers.
There is enough revealed in this first book to provide an exciting setup for whatever comes next. This first act is tied up well enough not to be exactly a cliffhanger, but with enough unresolved to make me need the second book, stat!
Also, I really appreciated the guides in the back, both a glossary and pronunciation guide for all the Gaelic terms used within the text. They can be daunting at times, but the reference materials help make that simpler to wrap your head around and learn alongside the protagonist.
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