Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Encouraging Kids to Read

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Now, today's list is comprised of Young Adult and.... by demand, at the end I'll have childrens books sorted by age for you! I hope you enjoy today's list and encourage your children to read! I know I can't get anything done without my daughter shoving a book in my face!

Young Adult Books:

Glimmer (Delaney's Gift)
Sixteen-year-old Delaney Scott is not your typical teenager. She is one of ten Ekloge Warriors,born with the purpose of protecting the town of Edenly. Only it’s a duty she wants to shed like a pair of dirty, worn-out shoes. 
However, a daring rescue alters Delaney's life forever. Now there is no running from her calling, and things will never be the same again. 
(This is a very short teaser story which includes the first three chapters of Dazzle, Book One in the Delaney's Gift Series)

Transformed (Pentune Series)

Kyrra Jolie isn't who she thought she was

And Vox Black is more than what he first appeared to be...

 dripped onto 

Reckless Magic (The Star-Crossed Series, Book 1)

16 year old Eden Matthews has been in and out of private schools for the last two years. She can't seem to stop herself from closing them down. Kingsley is her last chance to finish high school and the last private school willing to accept her. 
She is focused on just getting through graduation until she realizes Kingsley is not like the other private schools she's been to. The students may be different, but so is she. And after meeting Kiran Kendrick, the boy who won't leave her alone and seems to be the source of all her problems, she is suddenly in a world that feels more make-believe than reality. 

To top it off, she is being hunted by men who want to kill Kiran and her best friend Lilly is taken away to a foreign prison. Eden finds herself right in the middle of an ancient war, threatening everything she loves. She alone has to find a way to save her best friend and the boy who has captivated her heart. 
Reckless Magic is an intricate story about mystery, adventure, magic and forbidden love. Eden Matthews is an unlikely heroine determined to save the world and be with her one, true love before it's too late.

For eighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she’s around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at school, she can feel electricity that makes her skin buzz. Not to mention the monsters that haunt her nightmares have crossed over into real-life. 

But with Alex seeming to hate her and secrets popping up everywhere, Gemma’s life is turning into a chaotic mess. Things that shouldn’t be real suddenly seem to exist. And as her world falls apart, figuring out the secrets of her past becomes a matter of life and death. 

Errant (Killer Unicorns)

In 18th century France, a noble family prepares to celebrate their daughter’s arranged marriage by holding a traditional unicorn hunt. But when an unusual nun arrives at the chateau with her beloved pet to help the rich girl train, nothing goes as expected. Starring hunters, fine ladies, fancy frocks, and killer unicorns. 

A standalone novelette set in Peterfreund’s killer unicorniverse, which includes the novels RAMPANT and ASCENDANT. 

Evangeline (A Dark Faerie Tale #0.5)

Evangeline is a short story prequel to Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale Series #1)

The Land of Faerie is calling. 
There are places unknown, magic lures you in 
And love spands lifetimes. 
Don't resist. It's in the blood...

The Whispers of The Sprite (The Whispers series #1)

When Ania moves from London to Swansea city in Wales she is hoping that her life will get a bit more exciting, after all she is running away from her controlling mother to taste more freedom and feel more independent. Everything seems to be going the way she wanted until she almost dies while taking a quiet walk around the beach in the late evening.

When she opens her eyes, nothing seems the same...

She starts seeing people that no one else is able to notice. An enchanting looking man keeps following her and Ania’s life seems to getting more exciting than she ever wished for. 

After the attack something changes inside her, she has been blessed with the new frightening gift of seeing and hearing sprites all around her... the magical creatures that only existed in folklore, myths and legends of Britain.

Gabriel is attractive and handsome but no ... he is not a vampire. He keeps coming back and Ania feels an instant connection between them but this might get her into more trouble. Supernatural romance is not on her mind right now.

Because he is forbidden to even touch her ... the line between the death and love has never been so thin and the sprites won’t stop whispering until ... she will choose to love or abandon Gabriel.

Five (Elemental Enmity Book I)

Rayla Tate dreams of escaping her ordinary world for a bright future in the art world. Throw in an overbearing aunt who is keeping major secrets, a disgruntled best friend tagging along to college, and a bunch of fae warriors waiting in the wings to claim her the minute she leaves her sleepy little town, and Rayla’s dreams are about to shatter.

She soon discovers she is a coveted Elemental with power she never knew she possessed—a power that could change the world. Everywhere she turns another man tries to woo her. The weird part is she’s drawn to each one of them. Who are these strange men, and what dark power do they hold over her? Rayla must quickly learn to fend off these beautiful and seductive pursuers using any means necessary or find herself lost to the fae world forever.

#1 INTO THE DARK SERIES: Part 1 (YA Paranormal Romance)

The only three people in the world who I truly loved were my best friend, Ben, my Uncle Spencer and his fiancée, Irene. I am now grateful for what I didn't know on that sunny afternoon. One of them would soon be lost to me. The other two, I was destined to kill without hesitation or remorse.
It wasn't premeditated.
It was what needed to be done.
So I did it.

Success means love. Failure a death sentence.
When seventeen-year-old Oxford student Emily Baxter steps forward to become part of the search and rescue team for her kidnapped family member, she sees it as her last chance to put things right. Despite her seizures and being ripped between parallel universes, Emily is determined to get back to living a normal life. But first Emily has to join forces with the mysterious Gifted & Talented set and the darkly beautiful Henry Seadon. And survive. Killing the Misery-Makers who get in their way is a necessary evil.

Survival, a YA paranormal romance (Book 1 of The Guardians of Vesturon Series)

"Maybe I was caught between the two worlds. I was having serious trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality."

While on a backpacking trip in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, nineteen-year-old Maddie Pearce finds her world has been thrown into a vortex and is madly spinning toward the impossible. Abducted by a mad psychopath, Maddie narrowly escapes with her life. But that is only the beginning. Her mysterious rescuer introduces her to a world that Maddie has difficulty accepting as reality. Will this strikingly gorgeous stranger be the key to her future or will she return to her mundane world, scarred from her experience? Follow Maddie as she is forced to make difficult decisions that carry her to mysterious places.

Puck Off! (A Teen Fairy Tale)

Sixteen-year-old May Greenwood's life is like anyone else's--hanging out with her best friend Tania, propping up the ego of her famous comic book artist dad, avoiding the man-eating plants growing in the gym--the usual. But she can't shake the feeling that something's not quite right with the world.

Everything changes the day her massive crush, football team vice captain, Mac Ramsay, kisses her and, out of nowhere, declares his eternal love.

Is Ramsay's devotion a ploy to get back at Tania for breaking up with school golden boy Ron "The Bear" Ober?

But May's world takes a turn for the strange when a mysterious transfer student that Ramsay's in love with her because of a magic spell. Ron and Tania are really the King and Queen of the fairies, straight out of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and have come to the mortal realm because they're at war. Over May.

Now May, with the help of the love-struck Ramsay, is the only one who can restore order to the fairy courts before her entire school is destroyed in the crossfire.


When Talia Lyons was just a child, her parents were murdered before her eyes. Offered a choice between accepting their fate and exacting revenge, Talia trains to become one of the country’s deadliest assassins in order to kill the man responsible for their deaths: Ian Crane. Luckily, Talia was born with a gift- the ability to read and influence the minds of others. At sixteen, Talia is poised to graduate from the McDonough School for the Talented, where she learned to control her abilities. Now there is only one obstacle standing between her and the retribution she craves... Talia herself.

Her greatest asset may also be her undoing; while a formidable weapon in the field, Talia’s talents prevent her from both shutting off the mental connection she shares with her questionable boyfriend and blocking out the thoughts of a beguiling fellow recruit. But Talia can’t afford to have the feelings and distractions of a normal teenage girl, when her life is far from normal.

She must regain the single-minded determination that has brought her this far, or it may cost Talia her life when she finally faces Crane. And even after being molded in to a weapon of war, she’ll still have to find the strength it takes to pull the trigger.
Meant to Be (The Saving Angels book 1)

Krista Miller feels like she has lived her entire life in a glass box with her every emotion on display. She can’t help feeling like a defect as her sensitivities have made her socially inept and without any real friends; the one exception being the boy that visits her each night in her dreams.

Krista’s emotions are put to the test when a move to California triggers a devastating change to her fantasy world. The nightly comfort that the boy provides has now become a recurring nightmare as he is taken from her by an unseen force.

Struggling to appear normal, Krista enrolls in a new school and finds it to be nothing like she thought. Her new life is sent spiraling out of control from a strange connection with a boy, Mark, who claims to know all her secrets.

As Krista begins to explore the emotions that Mark evokes in her, secrets about their mysterious past and their predestined purpose threatens to separate them just when they have found each other.

Shifting (Book Two) (Fated Saga Fantasy Series)

Life is starting over for Meghan and Colin Jacoby, and their first stop, court! Where the twin’s immediate fate will be decided: will they be allowed to live with the traveling caravan, or be kicked out and left to fend for themselves in an unknown world?

However, the twins discover they are not alone after all, when they visit a paranormal world called Grimble, a place for the ghosts and spirits of the once living, wait to finish their unfinished business. However, never before has a ghost’s unfinished business been brought into Grimble, until now.

When a long lost spirit-relative explains he will be the twin’s teacher, the transition into the magical world eases, but not for long, as a secret is revealed, which pushes the magical community’s levels of acceptance and tolerance to its peak! In addition, an emerging fire prophet, known as a Firemancer, warns, They attack you where you sleep! The seer’s words are feared to mean that an ancient enemy is arising. Although many fear it is the newcomers themselves, Meghan and Colin Jacoby, they cannot trust.

To make matters worse, Colin gets into trouble, the kind of trouble that only Meghan can get him out of… except there’s just one problem: if she cannot succeed, not only might Colin die, but her failure will put the entire magical world into peril.

Death Girl

They call Maureen Death Girl because she's obsessed with mass murderers. That is, when anyone in her high school speaks to her at all, which isn't often.

A teenage outcast, Maureen thinks she'll graduate high school before going on a date or being kissed. But she begins to form a tentative relationship with the new guy Trevor after she discovers what he's been hiding. Trevor's older brother was a mass murderer. His brother was responsible for the shootings at Madison High School.

Then there's Jared, whose idea of fun is burning down old shoe factories, who knows things he shouldn't about Trevor's past, who freakishly resembles one of Trevor's psycho big brother's pals, who wants Trevor to follow in his brother's footsteps.

Jared has a plan. Trevor has a secret. And Maureen is about to be twisted up into a bleak world of desire, destruction, and sadistic glee.

Sweet Blood of Mine (Overworld Chronicles)

Justin Case and women do not mix. Man boobs, a love of Kings and Castles, and being tight with the "nerd" crowd certainly don't win him any points either. After rescuing Katie, his crush, it turns out she might not be the girl he thought she was, while Elyssa, the school's Goth Girl, turns out to be more. Can high school get any more confusing?

Determined to improve himself, he joins a gym and meets a sexy girl that just oozes a "come hither, Justin" vibe. Until she attacks him in the parking lot, and Justin realizes she's no ordinary girl but a being with supernatural speed and strength. After a narrow escape and an excruciating migraine headache, he wakes up with supernatural abilities all his own: speed, strength, and the ability to seduce every woman he sees.

While that might sound like the perfect combo for any hormonal teen, Justin is a hopeless romantic who wants his first time to be special. Is that too much to ask for? But he doesn't know what he is or how to stop his carnal urges. One thing is clear: If he doesn't find answers there are other more sinister supernaturals who would like nothing better than to make him their eternal plaything and do far worse than kill him.

Mystic Gifts (The Super-Natural)

Stacey Heart leads a fairly average life until the day her beloved aunt passes away. She is then thrust into a world of phenomena previously undefined to her - she discovers she is a Natural, a person born into lineage with inherent mystical gifts. She ultimately needs to learn to control powers that define her, from telekinesis to healing.

Just as Stacey believes she can accept her gifts, something happens to threaten those very gifts...she falls in love. She abruptly discovers she has to choose between two things that suddenly mean so much to her: love and magical heritage.

Madly (Book 1) (Madly Series)

Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a princess, that is.

Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in the small town of Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, the magically-protected home of Madly’s race. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants.

In order to save her home, the lives of her family, and all of humanity, Madly must learn to wield her exceptional powers and recapture the Lore before it’s too late and all is lost. But Madly’s only help are her two best friends and the Sentinel, Jackson Hamilton, that threatens both her heart and her destiny. Madly has loved Jackson as long as she can remember, but he is the one thing even a princess can’t have. Can she resist love to become the queen she was fated to be? Or can she find a way to have both?

The Ivory Prison (Genetic Shifters)

Gabriel didn't always have a name. Born in a mysterious facility, he knows he's not human, but an experiment with a purpose that no one is willing to reveal. His life is a routine and an hourglass of when he will disappear. He has no hopes, no dreams, until one day someone new interrupts that routine. Someone like him, someone free, and it changes everything.

Part 1 of the young adult series Genetic Shifters.

Socialpunk (Socialpunk #1)

Ima is just a teenage girl trying to make it in The Dome, an encapsulated, 5-mile radius of downtown Chicago that remains after natural disaster has overtaken most of the earth. When she meets a hooded figure named Vaughn at a party, he takes her on a whirlwind escape that jolts her from her current reality into Silicon City, where humans are upgraded, currency is clout, and bionic eyes are the only way to get information among the glass and metal spiraling buildings that dot the skyline. Oh, and the year is 2198, not 2052 like she thought it was.

But this new city comes with dangers of its own, from degenerates to replications, from hostile hashes to a dictator who seems determined to control the population. To top it all off, Ima has to find some way to get back to The Dome to save her best friend Dash before the powers of Silicon City find a way to destroy it.

Something sinister is brewing in Silicon City, and Ima is determined to figure out how to stop it. Along the way, she will have to give up parts of herself to save the ones she loves. Can she survive the future long enough to fix the past?

Alpha Moon (Silver Moon, #0.5)

First love.

First kiss.

First . . . werewolf bite?

Five hundred years ago, brothers Alaric and Ulric worked tirelessly on their father's farm to keep mouths fed and sell remaining crops for scanty wages. With a rebellion stirring in northern England and a country at war over the throne, the heavy gloom felt for so long by brothers Alaric and Ulric finally dissipates when a new family settles into town.

Daciana's parents uproot her from London to begin a new life in Colchester. Here, she won't be whisked off to decorative parties and elegant balls; she'll have to put forth effort into back-breaking labor. But her thoughts of eloping from the quaint town subside when she meets Ulric. Together, it's as if they're exactly where they should be.

During a late-night hunt for a wolf, Ulric and Daciana are attacked. Before their bodies can fully succumb to the wild animal inside, the town witch claims she holds the cure. Instead of healing their wounds, she places a curse on Ulric and Daciana, so they must live with who they truly are. In a town where secrets can't be kept and betrayal runs thick, Ulric and Daciana are hunted for the monsters they've become, even by those they love.


Ein and his band of teenage misfits learn that opening a restaurant in a haunted house isn’t as easy as it sounds.

HAUNTED is a paranormal young adult novel of over 60,000 words.

Haunted Destiny - Midnight Dragonfly Bonus Short Story B&N LINK ONLY

Teenage mystic Rachelle Dugas knows to expect the unexpected when she fills in for a friend leading a Haunted New Orleans tour. But when she decides to check out a haunted house on her own, nothing prepares her for the secrets lurking in the shadows—or the twist of destiny about to unfold. For more from the Midnight Dragonfly series check out Shattered Dreams, on sale December 2011.

Haunted Love (Free short story)

Spirit, Texas, is a town of secrets, and as the new owner of the local haunted movie theater, Cody Stryker is juggling more than his fair share. When a mysterious new girl comes to town and runs afoul of the ghost that lives in his theater, Cody’s caught in the middle and needs to figure out exactly who he can trust. HAUNTED LOVE is a short story by New York Times Bestseller Cynthia Leitich Smith -- set in the same dark universe as her novels TANTALIZE, ETERNAL, and BLESSED. This story includes a sneak preview of Cynthia Leitich Smith’s latest novel, DIABOLICAL, which unites characters from the previous three novels in the Tantalize Series along with a fascinating cast of all-new characters for a suspenseful, action-packed clash between the forces of heaven and hell.

In the Shadows

A collection of horror short fiction and poetry, featuring zombies, vampires, psychological tales, and dark verse

Broken (Reflections)

Adri Paige is too busy dealing with the emotional fallout from losing half of her family to deal with boys. At least she thought so until the two most intriguing guys in her new school take an interest in her.

Both boys are gorgeous and blessed with obscene amounts of money. They should have the emotional depth of note cards, but instead display undercurrents she doesn't fully understand. Rumors the pair destroys peoples' livelihoods seem ludicrous until she gets caught in the crossfire and her family almost loses their home. She's increasingly unsure either boy is really human, and their rivalry is rapidly turning deadly.

Broken is a 125,000 word YA Paranormal Romance and is a complete novel in its own right, but also represents one-half of a double novel when paired with Torn. Regardless of which book you start with, the two are designed such that you can continue on to the other in order to get answers to questions not answered in the book you started with. The series continues with Splintered.

A New Home (Chasing Destiny)

Twelve year old, Hannah is a normal girl, as far as anyone can see. She likes to swim and enjoys playing computer games. When she starts to have visions of the world ending, and how she can prevent it from happening, she doesn’t really want to prevent it. Why should she give up her life to save the world? How can she possibly convince people she’s not crazy?

Guardian (The Saga of Tyron)

Tomas is young. And naïve. But he has a power that is valued by the most powerful city in all of Tyron. He is trained to fight with his body and his mind and sent on a mission to capture and subdue the rebels that threaten his home.

Karole is headstrong. Powerful as well, but her refusal to submit to the rules of the Guardian, an elite guard, results in her banishment. She meets others like herself and is forced to defend herself and her new family from those who mean to subdue them.

They are forced together by plans and arrangements neither can see. Together they discover the truth of the plot, and the history of their people. They uncover the grave threats to their homes, both from within and invading. United they plot revenge.

GUARDIAN is the story of Tomas, a powerful but inexperienced magic wielding soldier, and Karole, a magically gifted woman who chooses exile over forced service. Together, they struggle against armies, thieves, magic, politicians, and traitorous friends on their way to understanding each other, whom they can trust, and the danger in being wrong.

New Girl (Anti-Heroes Book I)

Get Ready to Root for the Villain...

Serena is the new girl in a school that caters to not just "Norms," but the sons and daughters of the world's greatest Superheroes. The problem? She's the daughter of the Night Witch, a cardinal member of the League of Extreme Evil. She'd love to join the other super teens and prove she isn't the villain that her mother was, but it isn't long before she falls in with a group of Supervillains that the school calls the Geek Squad, which includes a biochemically created vampire named Nikki, a genetically altered jock named Isaac, and Jinx, the son of Satan himself!

She's immediately attracted to Jinx, but Serena has vowed to do what's right. But there are secrets buried deep within Serena's past that threaten to kill her, and even rock the foundation of Earth itself! An evil decay is reaching out from a distant star, and the Supers and Geeks will need to work together in order to defeat it--if they can keep from killing each other. The Supers thought the greatest battle for control of Earth had been fought and won, but a cosmic war is coming, and it isn't long before it's difficult to tell the difference between hero and villain.

Lunangelique (The Lunangelique Series)

For Alexis and Alex life has been great. They have loving parents, great friends and live a life every teenager dreams. However, they are adopted and Alexis struggles with wanting to know who their real parents are and not wanting to hurt her adopted parents. Then, a stunning guy moves across the street from them, one who has a secret past and seems to know things about Alexis, one who does mysterious things and leads her to other mysterious persons, one who pushes her to discover her extraordinary birth family and the truth between mythology and religion.

YA Paranormal Romance recommended for ages 16 and up.

Capture (Capture, 1)

Life can change in an instant...

Eighteen-year-old Autumn Stone has spent her entire life in Lunica City, a place where those with magic are free to be themselves. There's only one rule the residents of Lunica City must obey: you may not use your magic to kill. Simple enough. Until a stranger makes his way into Lunica City seeking revenge. Taking to the front of the Command Center, the stranger strikes down fifteen innocent bystanders with the use of his magic, before being banished to Ubiera, a local city destroyed in 2000 by the government. Wanting to contain the tragedy, Commander Willow Ford issues memory cleanses for the remaining fifteen bystanders who managed to survive the attack.

After awaking below the Command Center, without any recollection as to how, or why, she arrived there, Autumn must seek out the truth about who she is, and what the stranger wants, in order to save Lunica City from destruction.


Sleepy Animals. A sleepy animals bedtime book

Orangey the Goldfish


  1. My daughter loves to read. Shes 4 and has the reading age of around 6/7 yrs. Some of those books you suggested would be great for her. Thanks :)

  2. Thank you so much for these awesome free ebooks

  3. Thank you for all the children books..

  4. AWESOME!!! My daughter is going to love these :) Thank You!!!