Spotlight: Fall of Angels by Keary Taylor!

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I think it’s high time I did another Spotlight!

 

Actually, I did do a Spotlight! for Fall of Angels, but somehow WordPress ate it . . . I swear, one day it was published, the next it was nowhere to be found. But I’m willing to redo this whole post because I definitely think this Spotlight! is worth it:)

 

Today’s edition focuses on the Fall of Angels series by Keary Taylor. Do I have any fans of angels out there? I know I’m a sucker for a good angel-based YA, and this series adds a completely unique twist. And trust me, my friends, the swoon-factor is heavily present;)

 

Oh, and another plus? The first book in the series, Branded, is FREEEEE in eBook!!! This is why I always check out Amazon’s suggestions based on what I’ve read–you can find veritable gold in there.

 

The covers have had some makeovers since I read the series and they’re looking even more gorgeous;) So let’s take a look at what Fall of Angels has to offer!

 

 

Fall of Angels

 

Branded

Branded

Jessica’s had the nightmares for as long as she can remember. Nightmares of being judged for people who have died, of being branded by the angels. Her friends and family think she’s a crazy because of it all. Yet she carries the mark of the condemned, seared into the back of her neck, and hides it and herself away from the world.

But when two men she can’t ignore enter her life everything changes, including the nightmares. The two of them couldn’t be more different. She will do anything to be with one of them. Even tell him the truth about angels, why she never sleeps, and the scar on the back of her neck. But one of the two has set events into motion what will pull her toward her own judgment and turn her into the object of her greatest fear.

 

 

 

Forsaken

Forsaken

It’s been four months since Alex gave everything to save Jessica. Life should be perfect; she has Alex, she’s been freed of the nightmares, and most of all- she’s alive. But some things have changed, some things haven’t. That’s the problem. Alex still hasn’t asked “the question”. Jessica can’t see the reason why and it’s tearing her apart. He’s keeping something from her.

Alex isn’t the only one who has changed though. Something is different about Jessica but she doesn’t understand what’s happened. She just knows something’s wrong, that she feels different than she used to, on a skin deep level. And it may keep her and Alex apart. Forever.

But while Alex and Jessica struggle to stay together, Cole’s not about to be forgotten. There are a few things he didn’t tell Jessica, about his past and her future. There are reasons why he came after her, reasons that are tied to his history that is darker than she could have ever realized.

 

 

 

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With the pain of the past behind them, Jessica and Alex are ready to move on with their lives. But moving on is hard when it involves reconnecting with the family who wanted to send Jessica to an institution. And living life isn’t easy when someone who doesn’t belong is watching her, threatening her life, determined to take Jessica back to the afterlife she should have joined months ago.

And every day becomes a little harder for Alex. Time is ticking and if it runs out, Alex won’t be returning to the world of the living. It all boils down to Cole’s final words to Jessica: What are you willing to do to save him?

The answer to keeping Alex lies in Jessica returning to the place he saved her from.

 

Once again, the eBook is FREE! I’ll even leave a link that’ll take you conveniently to Branded’s Amazon page;) Oh! AND feel free to head on over and check out more from Keary at her site! It makes me happy to share this fantastic series with you all;)

 

Spotlight: The Academy by C.L. Stone!

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You know, Sometimes I find books to read that I haven’t really seen being buzzed about. Or sometimes there are books I’ve read awhile ago and they just pop into my head out of the blue, and I just want to shout about them to everyone! Or sometimes there are books that everyone knows about and goodness knows everyone’s talked about, but I love them just as much and I want to show my love for them here on the blog.

 

So that’s what this feature is all about. Whether you’ve heard of these books or not, I just want an excuse to show them off and bring them a little more attention;)

 

Today I’m talking about The Academy by C.L. Stone. Now, there are two series that are based around The Academy: The Ghost Bird Series and The Scarab Beetle Series. My personal favorite happens to be GB, probably because I’ve had more of an opportunity to form an attachment to ALL the characters–so far there are five books that have been published, whereas only the first book in SB has been released so far.

 

Now let’s be real here. The stories I loveloveLOVE are aaaaaaall about the swoon. And you wanna know what? The Academy has a PLETHORA of swoony guys.

 

Seriously.

 

Every type of hot, swoon-worthy male you can think of is represented in these stories and you will fall in love with ALL of them. If you asked me to pick my favorite–if it were between me choosing one of them or death? I would take death because I am loyal to them all.

 

Let’s check out those books!

 

 

 

The Ghost Bird Series

 

GB1 - IntroductionsIntroductions

With an agoraphobic mother and a barely-there father, Sang abhors the isolation keeping her in the shadows. The only thing Sang craves is a fresh start and to be accepted as ordinary by her peers, because for her being different meant being cast out alone.


When her family moves to a new school district, Sang infiltrates a group of boys nearly perfect in every way. Grateful for an influence outside of her parents’ negativity, she quickly bonds with the boys, hoping to blend in and learn from them what it means to have a natural relationship with friends.

Only the boys have secrets of their own and they’ll do anything to keep her safe from the knowledge of the mysterious Academy that they’ve sworn allegiance to. Bit by bit, Sang discovers that her friends are far from the normalcy she expected. Will her loyalty change when she’s forced to remain in the dark, or will she accept that she’s traded one house of secrets for another?

Meet Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Gabriel, Luke and North in a story about differences and loyalty, truth and mystery, friendships and heart-throbbing intimacy.

The Academy, ever vigilant.

 

 

GB2 - First Days First Days

Sang Sorenson used to be the invisible girl in class. As a new student to Ashley Waters High School, Sang hopes that her new friends will be the change she’s been craving and will make fitting in a breeze.


But Academy students aren’t there to take it easy. The high school is overcrowded and rife with violence. When fights begin, Sang will uncover the true reason the boys traded in their private school life for a public one. 

This year, Sang will no longer be invisible. This year, Sang is a target.

The principal and vice principal are hot to take Sang down, and her own mother is determined to entrap Sang forever in her belief that the safest place to be is in the shadows. Despite this, Nathan, Luke, Kota, North, Silas, Victor, and Gabriel will discover Sang’s unyielding loyalty.

And they will sorely need it.

The Academy, supremely influential.

 

 

 

GB3 - Friends vs FamilyFriends vs. Family

Sang Sorenson is forced to suffer through another of her mother’s extreme punishments. It almost kills her. The Academy boys vow it will be the last. They’re determined to keep Sang safe, especially from her own family. 

Their solution: complete invasion of her life.

Kota, Luke, Silas, Nathan, Victor, Gabriel and North do everything within their power to show Sang what true loyalty means. It takes more than blood to make a family and they want Sang in theirs.

In this third book of The Academy series Sang experiences a taste of freedom and what it’s like to truly be cared for…to be wanted. Sang learns a bit more about the boys’ broken families and the boys discover more than they could ever have bargained for about Sang’s. The Academy was the answer to their problems. Could it be hers?

Sang’s actions will force her mother to reveal a startling truth. A truth that will change Sang’s life and the boys’ lives in unpredictable ways. Forever.

The Academy, Allegiance.

 

 

 

GB4 - Forgiveness and Permission Forgiveness and Permission

Sang Sorenson’s abusive mother is secure in a hospital, and her father has vanished to a new family of his own, leaving Sang and her sister to fend for themselves. Sang is hanging by a thread, and her only hope is a group of boys she feels she barely knows.

She’s never really alone. The Academy team has stepped in, promising to protect and care for Sang. Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Gabriel, Luke and North take over, showing Sang they can be depended on for anything. But just because the parents are away, doesn’t mean Sang’s life has become any easier.

The newfound freedom will have a higher price than any of them had imagined.

Principal Hendricks now wants to use Sang to exploit Academy secrets. Mr. McCoy has his own dark plans for her. Enemies are closing in. Sang will need to learn to believe in the boys, and the boys will need to learn to trust her if they want to survive their rivals.

And each other.

The Academy, Relentless Trust.

 

 

 

GB5 - Drop of DoubtDrop of Doubt

Sang Sorenson and the Academy boys return to Ashley Waters High School but before they get a chance to even settle in, Sang’s life is threatened by an anonymous caller.

They retreat to the protective walls of the Morgan estate, a safe house for when the boys are under fire. But when new threats can break through those barriers that once kept them secure, it leaves Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Gabriel, Luke and North rushing to figure out who is hunting them. 

But when you’re fighting a ghost who seems to know all your secrets, retreating is no longer an option.

The Academy, Deceptively Strategic.

 

 

 

The Scarab Beetle

 

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Kayli Winchester is a dirt-poor girl living out of a hotel, forced to be the parent for a drunken father and teenage brother who she’s desperate to keep in school. The only way she scrapes by is to utilize her one skill: pickpocketing. But even though she’s a thief she has a moral code: no kids or old ladies, only targets who can defend themselves. Not that they see her coming…


Thinking she’s been working under the radar, Kayli has no idea The Academy has been watching and taking notice. Now a team that needs her skill has offered her a way out of her predicament and it’s her last chance: work with them, or face jail time. Kayli resists at first, but slowly the boys reveal they can be trusted. With Marc, the straight man, Raven, the bad-boy Russian, Corey and Brandon the twins as different as night and day, and Axel their stoic leader, there’s a lot Kayli can learn from these Academy guys about living on the edge of the law. If only she can stay on the good side instead of the bad.

Especially when the job they offer her is more than any of them bargained for. After it’s done, the hunters have become the hunted and their target is now after Kayli. The Academy boys do their best to keep her hidden, but a thief like Kayli will never sit still for long.

Meet an all-new Academy team in Thief, the beginning of the Scarab Beetle series.

 

 

 So! My vote is that you get your hands on these because they are ADDICTING. Really. The Academy is a drug with zero negative effects and I’m helplessly and happily addicted;) AND you can check out even more info about the series here.;)

 

 

 

**Shout out to Father Potter on his very special birthday! Another year even older;) Enjoy the beautiful day, Pops! You’re the best dad a girl could ask for! Love you always!**