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Left Drowning by Jessica Park

Left Drowning
What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.*This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content.

Note: due to mature content recommended for Ages 17+

Paperback, 399 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by Skyscape
 
 

My Review

I have been reading more of the New Adult (NA) books here lately. This book pulls you in, and keeps you in the story. I loved Blythe and Chris. Each have dealt with their own family past, and learn to come to terms with it throughout the book. I really enjoyed the twist that came with each of their history. There is so much emotion throughout the story. It’s hard not to get sucked into the book!

Blythe has been in her own stupor since the death of her parents. If you had not read the synopsis before reading the book, the beginning may be a bit confusing. I hadn’t read it since I requested the book from Net Galley, and reading the first few pages I wasn’t sure what was up. The further I read, the more I understood.

Since the death of her parents, Blythe hasn’t seen much meaning to life. She doesn’t have much in the way of family. She has a younger brother, and her aunt that took her in. Throughout the story you learn about the guilt she is left with when it comes to the night of her parents death. During her last year of college she meets Chris Shepard, and he helps pull her out of her stupor. He is able to bring her out of a place that she has been for the past few years, something that Blythe wasn’t sure could happen.

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Demonic Dora by Claire Chilton

Demonic Dora: The Demon Diaries Book 1

Demonic Dora

 

SHE’S FINALLY MANAGED TO SUMMON HER FIRST DEMON…

Dora Carridine is trying to summon a demon, but she’s not very good at Latin and nothing ever works out the way she plans.

Her life is fraught with weekly exorcisms and having to watch her father’s fire and brimstone TV show every Sunday. So, when Dora finally succeeds in summoning an incompetent demon lord, she’s absolutely delighted when all hell breaks loose.

She thought summoning a sexy demon lord would be the answer to all of her problems, but her problems are only just beginning when her zealot parents try to burn her at the stake, and Dora is left with only one option—to escape and follow her demon straight into Hell.

Expected publication: June 30th 2013 by Ragz Books

• 260 pages
• Genre: Paranormal Fiction, Humor, Teen
• Available from: www.ragz-books.com/paranormalfiction/demonic-dora.html
• ISBNS Ebook: 978-1-938988-17-2 | Paperback: 978-1-938988-18-9
 

Review Excerpts

“Demonic Dora is dark, twisted and devilishly witty at each and every turn, and will leave those who like whimsicality of Harry Potter screaming for more.”

“Demonic Dora is a great story, and a totally unique take on demons and hell, which is both interesting and entertaining.”
 

About the Author 

Claire Chilton is a geek girl, high school dropout who somehow managed to get an English degree in spite of never taking a single GCSE, although she once taught them! She’s done every job on the planet at least once, except astronaut, and won an award for being ‘most likely to trip over the red carpet and flash her arse at the cameras’.

She currently runs her own business online and is a writer of paranormal comedy, science fiction and fantasy, paranormal romance and teen comedy, which she affectionately calls her ‘editing nightmares’. She gets distracted easily by shiny things and is currently investigating the washing machine mystery of ‘what happened to the other sock’.
Contact Details
• Email: claire@claire-chilton.com
• Website: www.claire-chilton.com
• Publisher: www.ragz-books.com

My Review

Demonic Dora was a pretty good book. Dora is a great character. She doesn’t take shit from anyone. There is a LOT of swearing in it. I do think I would have liked it better if there had been a little bit less profanity (I don’t mind some, just not excessively). The plot flows nicely through most of the book. There was only one part I felt like I had skipped some pages or whatnot, but when I went back to look I hadn’t skipped anything. Most of Demonic Dora is set in Hell. It does give nice descriptions of Hell. It helped me picture Dora’s surroundings.

I got a kick out of the spells that are used in the book! An example of a spell: Screw you asshole! You will also get to take a trip down a famous highway! The story is unique. I haven’t read one like this before, and VERY glad that I had a chance to read it.

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