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Win The Rings K.D. Van Brunt Young Adult Heat Rating: 2

The Army’s most valuable weapon is…kids—kids who are special, lethal. Jace is one. But the Army doesn’t control all special kids. Gray got away, and he’s spent sixteen years in hiding. Now, the Army has found out about Gray, and Jace is sent to hunt him down, but Jace isn’t the only one. She has competition, and they’re after her to. A desperate chase ensues, as Jace must decide whether the enemy of my enemy might be my friend. Review: Amazing! Win the Rings, by Mr. Van Brunt was an exhilarating, fast paced, action packed novel that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. The cover is gorgeous and begs: Who is the intense girl on the cover? Well, let me tell you! Her name is Jace, and she is government property, and she is not to be messed with. Jace is one of the strongest female leads that I’ve read in a long time. I loved her. Jace is a shifter, and at the age of 5, was taken from her family and whisked away into a government/US Army training facility called CRACKED. It was absolutely heart wrenching to read Jace reflect on all she’d lost and how very different her future may’ve been had she not become government property only to be trained and used as weapon. I loved that regardless of the wretched training she’s endured during her tenure at CRACKED, Jace can still relate with how life should’ve been. Her humanity remains intact. And then things get interesting as we’re introduced to Gray, another shifter on the run, with his nonshifter sister, Nia. Gray was humble, sweet, and loved his sister. All of Gray’s characteristics made him an easy character to empathize with and provided a nice dynamic between him and Jace as they are two very different characters. The story is told from alternating view points and wraps up beautifully at the end with Jace and Gray meeting and a shocking cliffhanger that makes me scream: I need book 2 NOW!

Tortured Souls

Kimber Leigh Wheaton Young Adult Heat Rating: 2

Kacie sees ghosts—and it’s ruining her life. Her mother left, her father blames her, and no matter how hard she tries, she can’t keep the ghosts away. Nightly visions of grisly murders and a relentless predator draw her to the brink of insanity. Kacie can’t ignore the tortured souls crying for help. But can she banish this powerful phantom, or will Kacie lose not only her body, but her eternal soul to the monster. Review: Tortured Souls was amazing from page one clear through The End! Instantly, the reader is introduced to Kacie, a strong female lead who also happens to see ghosts, that in mind, the book was super creepy in places that made me scared to get off my couch. You know the writing is good when you believe ghosts could be waiting around the corner. The romantic element in this novel was just right. In the very first pages, Kacie’s crush, Logan, saves her from a phantom they both can see and the action just begins there and never stops. I loved Logan. With him and Kacie combined, the romantic tension was written beautifully. I was captivated by The Orion Circle, reading about their mission, how they engage on the field, and how Kacie fit into it all. Tortured Souls, book 1 in The Orion Circle, is a wonderful start to a new YA series that offers much to fans of supernatural, suspense, and things that go bump in the night. I will certainly be on the lookout for book 2. | Reviewer Sasha Hibbs |

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