Artifacts of Avalum Boxed Set on Sale!

Looking back, I can’t believe that I forgot to post that my second complete series, Artifacts of Avalum, is not available in boxed set format. And it’s on sale on KOBO for $1.99! I was so happy to finish this series earlier this year. If you haven’t checked it out yet, now is the time.

Step through the portal into a magical world of druids and gold.

Artifacts of Avalum the Complete Boxed Set ebook by J.E. Hunter

Find it here:

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Happy Reading!

JEH

Best Edgy, Completed Young Adult Paranormal and Fantasy Fiction Series

Sometimes it sucks waiting for the end of a story. Other times, it only serves to build tension. But if you’re looking for an edgy, completed young adult series (a series you don’t have to wait years to read the ending to), then look no further than this list of completed series of young adult (arguably New Adult, in some cases) paranormal and fantasy fiction series.

  1. The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater – This series follows a group of high school students as they navigate the ley lines around their hometown. I enjoyed this series because it doesn’t just focus on the teens, but the adults too, including one very interesting hitman. IMG-1660
  2. The Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor – This series follows a young girl, whom, it turns out, isn’t so young, and her discovery that the world she thinks she’s from might not be the worlds she’s actually from after all. A young adult series with very few characters who aren’t actually really old, this books has plenty of mature themes.IMG_1024
  3. The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas – To be honest, I haven’t totally finished this series since the conclusion, Kingdom of Ash, was just released in September of last year, but I plan on finishing the series soon. This series is set in a rich fantasy world created by Sarah J. Maas, whose rutting is dark and cutting and is definitely on the upper end of Young Adult.img_1871
  4. The Girl At Midnight by Melissa Grey – This series is set in the human world, and revolves around a secret battle between two races unknown to humankind, except for one girl who was adopted into this world as a child. Full of hidden secrets and surprises around corners, Melissa Grey is a great writer who gets deep into character. 63fd4-photo-26
  5. The Dark Caravan Cycle by Heather Demetrios- If you want edgy, this is it. This series is arguably pretty darn adult. There are very adult themes in these books (abuse, imprisonment, slavery), but also lots of sexual tension and magical adventure. If you love the idea of a gypsy trying to break free of her bottle, this might be the series for you. IMG_5116

What’s your favorite series?

JEH

What I’m Reading: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Young Adult Book Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Like this first two books in this series, I listened to Dreams of Gods and Monsters on audiobook. If you like audiobooks, I highly recommend these ones. Or you could just read the books, because the story is fantastic.

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Dreams of Gods and Monsters begins right where Days of Blood and Starlight ends. Karu is deep in battle with her foes, and her heart is deep in battle with itself. Laini Taylor’s world is so well thought out and rich with detail, and it’s super easy to get lost in it for a while.

I didn’t find the last book of this series as strong as the first two. The end felt a bit protracted, as the main action ended well before the end of the story. It was that kind of slow winding down feel, which I’m not a particular fan of (such as J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Return of the King). The audiobook is over 15 hours long, and it took me a long time to get through it. I think I had to borrow it from the library three or four times, mostly because I didn’t have any long road trips during this period. But if you’ve got in your future, pick up this book to keep you well occupied.

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy is now new the top of my favorite Young Adult series. What’s at the top of yours?

JEH

YA Book Review: The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

YA Book Review: The Summoning (Darkest Powers Book 1) by Kelley Armstrong

I read this book in 2011, so it’s been a while. But as part of my project to put as many book reviews up on my site as I can, I’m going back in time to review this one. Good thing I’ve kept a book journal for over six years now.

The Summoning (Darkest Powers, Book 1)(associate link), by Kelley Armstrong, is the first book in a YA Paranormal Series about a girl named Chloe. Right from the start we know that Chloe is different, and she’s about to go through a whole world of hardship.

In my journal from a few years ago, this is what I wrote:

I’ve seen these books on the shelves for quite some time now, so I finally decided to buy them for my ereader since I’d be travelling, and I just got around to reading the first one. I was pleasantly surprised. A couple times the text seemed to jump from here to there, and I wondered if my ereader was skipping pages (it wasn’t). The story was rather engaging, but not quite as descriptive as I would have liked, but I definitely want to continue reading to discover what happens to Chloe.

As you can see in the picture from my journal, I gave The Summoning 4/5 stars. I’ll post my review of book 2 and 3 later this week.

J. E. Hunter is the author of the Black Depths Series. Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch, and Broken Tide, the first two books of the series can be found on  Amazon,  Kobo,  iBooks,  Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. The third book, Dark Shores, was released April 1, 2016. The fourth and last book of the Black Depths series, Twisted Currents, will be released in the fall of 2016, after Dead Water and Doomed Seas, two Novellas featuring Caesar.