That last post was getting kind of long and I still have more to talk about!
4. Let's talk about Brenda Pandos. She is the author of the Talisman Series, as well as the Mer Tales series. Not going to lie, the Mer Tales series is shaping up to be my favorite of her stories:
"She wanted her life to change ... he wanted his to stay the same.
Ashlyn is about to discover what she'd thought to be true her whole life, wasn't, and the truth, too fantastical to imagine. Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, secrets that will change Ashlyn's life forever."
This excerpt is from Everblue: the first of the series and the second book Evergreen came out about a week ago. First off, let me say I love the lore behind these mermaid stories. I love that it is fleshed out with Brenda's own twists while remaining true to "the siren" myths of the mer. I loved the Talisman series, but when I read Everblue, I was obsessed. The plot flows seamlessly, and we feel the angst of the romantic couple, but it is not something that is overdone. With the addition of Evergreen to the lineup, I am salivating for the next novel (yes it's that bad). I'll do a full review of Evergreen in another post, but for now...
5. Samantha Young- I am late in the game in discovering this wonderful author, and I'm pretty sure that I can't pinpoint my favorite book by her. No I can, It's called Slumber, and if you like fairytales, long journeys, lord of the rings, bickering couples who are absolutely perfect for each other but they don't know it, and magic, you are going to love Samantha Young. She has a ton of series out right now (Fire Spirits, Tale of the Lunarmorte, Warriors of Ankh, The Fade) and she shows no sign of slowing down. Her stories are captivating, and I am constantly impressed with how different each series is, but how completely you are sucked into each individual world. The imagery in each novel is breathtaking (especially in Slumber) and the heroines are completely wonderful, strong, kick ass, and empowering to the female race in general.
"Slumber - A Romance
Molded by a tragic childhood, nineteen-year-old Rogan finds it extremely difficult to trust people. Now Haydyn, her best friend and the one person she does trust, is dying and only Rogan can save her.
Setting off on a journey to retrieve the plant that will cure Haydyn and subsequently the ills that will befall them all if she dies, Rogan is stuck in close quarters with a protector she distrusts above all others.
The son of the man who destroyed Rogan’s family.
At a constant battle of wills with the handsome Captain of the Guard, Rogan just knows this adventure together will be fraught with tension. She never imagined, however, that the quest would be so dangerous… not least of all when she finds herself falling for a man she could have sworn was her no.1 enemy…" (Samanthyoungbooks.com)
This book felt like the most epic fairy tale while I was reading it, and I was HOOKED on Samantha Young after reading it. Check her out!