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Book Excerpt Return Tour

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I’m happy to host an excerpt today from “Return”, a YA fantasy novel by author Charity Santiago. This is another book I’m adding to my never-ending TBR list!

Book Excerpt

“You must be frustrated out of your mind.”

“No,” he said immediately. “I was there too. It hasn’t been that long.”

“I feel so heavy all the time,” Ashlyn said. “It’s like I can’t breathe sometimes. Like I can’t even move.”

“Weight of the world,” Skye replied. “It’s a burden all leaders have to deal with.”

“I’m not a natural-born leader.”

“Leaders aren’t born, Ash. They’re made.” He shook his head when she spoke again, stopping her mid-sentence with the gesture. “I wasn’t a leader. I was just following Jax around, trying to help out where I could. And after he was…gone…I knew I had to step up because there was no one else.”

He stopped halfway across the bridge to the lab, and leaned against the railing, his expression grave. Ashlyn turned to face him and mimicked his relaxed pose, trying to look nonchalant.

Skye turned his face towards the rising sun, the first rays lighting his handsome features with a strange, tormented beauty. The illumination lasted for only a moment before clouds obscured the sunrise, and they were plunged into grayness again.

“The burden of saving the sun was bad enough,” Skye said slowly, “but then to be pretending to be something I wasn’t, constantly worried that people would find out I had no idea what I was doing…I almost snapped a couple of times. Stuck inside my mind and trapped by my own lies and insecurities. Tortured by my own failure.”

Ashlyn stayed silent as it began to rain. Skye pushed away from the railing and started walking, and she followed quietly. In the back of her mind a little voice was asking why, what with Drake’s speech and Restlyn’s epiphany and Skye’s current revelation, she wasn’t having any clarifying moments of her own. Life just wasn’t fair sometimes.

About Return

coverTitle: Return

Author: Charity Santiago

Genre: YA Fantasy

For the last three years, eighteen-year-old Ashlyn Li has been running from her destiny. A free-spirited ninja, Ashlyn would rather loot an abandoned city or challenge a fiend to battle than assume leadership of Toryn, her father’s kingdom. However, when a series of attacks reunites Ashlyn with the friends who helped her save the sun three years ago, she discovers that her kingdom is at war and her father has presumed her dead.

Suddenly Ashlyn is faced with not only fulfilling her birthright, but also making sense of her feelings towards two very different men- Drake Lockhart, the enigmatic vampire who captured her heart three years ago, and Vargo, the charismatic assassin who was once Ashlyn’s sworn enemy.

Will Ashlyn ascend the pagoda and become Lady of Toryn?

Author Bio

In February 2011, Charity Santiago’s 7-month old son was admitted to the hospital with severe respiratory issues. While Charity stayed at his bedside, she kept them both entertained by downloading several books on her new Kindle and reading them out loud. It was during this time that Charity learned about Kindle’s self-publishing program, and realized that she had an opportunity to share her writings with the world.

Charity is a native of southeastern Arizona, and a writer since childhood. She wrote her first manuscript, Guinea Pig Code!, at age nine. When she’s not writing books, Charity spends her time wrangling children, watching Sylvester Stallone movies and pursuing a degree in Education.

Blog: http://charitysantiago.blogspot.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cinephilemama

Purchase from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Return-Lady-Toryn-trilogy-ebook/dp/B0052BDNWE/

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Book Review: The Exemeus

front__cover_imageTitle: The Exemeus

Authors: Folami and Abeni Morris

Genre: YA Fantasy Romance

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Hyalee Smith is dead, she just doesn’t know it yet.

Her short life was devoted to love and to hate. Love of the man who stole her heart, hate for the man who stole the world. Murdered by the government she swore to destroy, fate has given her another chance to make it right. But to save the planet, she needs the help of the most powerful mystic the world has ever seen—unfortunately he hasn’t been born yet.

In a world where fear is the only currency, Dephon has committed the ultimate crime: inspiring hope.

His only goal is to make it safely through ninth grade, but on a post-apocalyptic Earth run by the Treptonian government, it isn’t that simple. Heir to a legendary power, Dephon Johnson is the only threat to the government’s rule. And on Trepton, all threats must be eliminated. When hundreds of assassins are dispatched to neutralize him, Dephon is forced to fight back. His only chance of survival is to enlist the aid of the greatest warrior the world has ever known. The only problem is, she’s been dead for 13 years.

I loved this book. Seriously. I loved the character dynamics, their personalities, the world-building, the plot. As long as it involved Hyalee, that is. I had a much harder time with the other characters, particularly Dephon. But Hyalee? She’s pretty much the ideal mix of kick-ass and emotional. I also loved the setting. Although it’s dystopian, the main focus is on the fantasy setting with magic and prophecies, and I liked the mix of both. It was pleasant and fresh and enjoyable.

The idea of The Exemeus itself was pretty awesome too, as it allowed for two stories to be told in one book. While I enjoyed the parts about Hyalee the most, I did find Dephon was a ‘pretty okay’ character as well, and of course I have to applaud a male protagonist.

The only thing I can complain about was the book’s length. While it never felt particularly long, and the plot didn’t drag, the book was a wopping 500+ pages, and in retrospect, they could’ve easily cut some pages and dialogue. That aside, I very much enjoyed this clash of science and magic, and Hyalee now holds a special place in my heart. She’s an amazing character.