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Review~ Outcasts by Jill Williamson

Title: Outcasts

Series: The Safe Lands Book 2

Author: Jill Williamson


Publisher: Blink

Publication Date: January 7, 2014

ISBN-10: 0310724244

ISBN-13: 978-0310724247

Genre: YA Dystopian/Spiritual

Source: Received for an honest review.

Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:

Uncovering the truth could cost them their lives.

Since entering the Safe Lands, Mason has focused on two things: finding a way to free his village from captivity, and finding a cure for the disease that ravages many within the walls of the Safe Lands. After immune-suppressive drugs go missing in the clinic, Mason discovers his coworker, Ciddah, may know more about the Safe Lands than imagined … and may have an agenda of her own. At the same time, Mason’s brother Levi is focused on a way to free the remaining Glenrock captives, while Mason’s younger brother Omar decides to take the rebellion against the Safe Lands into his own hands as a vigilante.

 Soon all three brothers are being watched closely—and when Mason stumbles onto a shocking secret about the Safe Lands meds, his investigation just might get those closest to him liberated.

My Thoughts:

Fantastic dystopian, coming-of-age, political Christian thriller! Who knew you could combine all that in one series? I have found a new, fascinating, and stimulating author and I just wish I had more time to hunt down and devour the rest of her books. I may have just found my summer project!

Assuming you have read the first one, this ones falls right in line and continues with the multitude of storylines, and character evolutions that began in Book 1: Captives. If you haven’t read Captives, go find it and read it first. It’s a must.

From the beginning, I loved that the focus was not just on one of the brothers, but on all three: Levi, Mason, and Omar, and on their respective relationships, with their other halves, with their friends, with each other, and ultimately with God. Almost, if not every possible teenage issue is discussed and dealt with on a personal level with at least one of the characters; teenage pregnancy, self-esteem, drugs, peer pressure, sibling rivalry, and above all, doubting God, and your relationship with him and how it affects your relationship with others.

Impressively, not only does Williamson’s narrative confront these personal conflicts, she takes it to a whole other level confronting issues on a societal level, as well. She mainly focuses on the downfall of the constant pursuit of “feeling good” despite the repercussions, but there are elements of questioning societal structures and how “outsiders” are dealt with, and ultimately makes the reader question just how far a government could go to maintain itself.

This book would provide for quite a lot of discussion material for a young adult group/youth group setting, especially paired with a standard bible study. I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys these types of books, or to anyone who is a young adult or who deals with youth on a regular basis.

Rating: 4.5

HEAT Rating: Mild

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More




Genre: Fantasy/Teens/Science Fiction

Ages: 13-18 years of age

Series: Verona Trilogy #3

Source: Received for an honest review from the publicist.

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Fiction Std (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193655853X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936558537

*From the Publicist*

ABOUT THE LOVED AND THE LOSTThe loved and the lost



They are three 24th-century time travelers desperate to return to 14th-century Verona and reclaim their medieval family’s shattered lives. It is a mission fraught with danger and the risk of unexpected consequences for themselves and their worlds. For all three, it is a matter of the heart. For one, though, it is truly the only thing that matters, as the fate of his eternal love and the life of their unborn child is the prize to be won – or lost forever.

In this, the final book of The Verona Trilogy, Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln go on the boldest adventure of their lives. They will face hardship, tragedy, and threats from sources they couldn’t have imagined – all in an effort to wrestle a future from the steely grip of an unforgiving past.


THE LOVED AND THE LOST by Lory S. Kaufman is an interesting Fantasy/Science Fiction/Teens. Book 3 in the “Verona” trilogy,but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would recommend reading the other two in this trilogy,”The Lens and the Looker” and “The Bronze and the Brimstone”. This is the final in the story of Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln,they start out in the 24 century and end up in the 14th century,Verona. These young teens have been on an adventure of a lifetime. Filled with love lost,love found again,tragedy,threats,and starting a new life. Fast paced,filled with danger,sacrifice,and of course love. An exciting conclusion to the “Verona”trilogy,with a few twists and turns and a lot of surprises. I think Young readers will enjoy this trilogy,as they learn history and can combine the two. An interesting tale of love and life.Received for an honest review from Pump Up Your Book.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews





Genre: Mature Contemporary Young Adult Romance

Series: Sweetest Taboo #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478136812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478136811

Book Description(Amazon)

Publication Date: October 14, 2012
Isabel Cruz was fifteen years old when she met Tom Stevens. She was 15 when they started dating, and 16 when she lost her virginity to him. By the time she turned 18 and went to college, everything had fallen apart. This hadn’t been an ordinary love, though. Not a love between two dear friends, or even high school sweethearts. This had been the most taboo sort of love there was: a relationship between a student and her teacher. Isabel started her high school career as a normal student, but set her sights on Tom Stevens as soon as she met him, and pursued him with an intense – and sometimes reckless – fascination. When he finally approached her after swim practice and told her that he shared her feelings, it was the start of a forbidden and dangerous relationship. Join Isabel as she makes her way through this dark love story, hiding from teachers, lying to her parents, and defying the authorities to make a life with the man she loves. Watch as she discovers the wonders of love and romance, and the terrible betrayal of jealous friends. And cry with her when she learns the hard truth about life and the people in her world. Sweetest Taboo is inspired by the true and tragic stories of students who fall in love with their teachers, and live with the hard truths of forbidden romances. In a world full of after-school specials on sexual predators, this touching book seeks a different path, casting both student and teacher in a gentle light, and showing that true love may lie at the base of even the most illicit romance. Sweetest Taboo is Book One of a contemporary YA romance series. Book Two, Tainted Love, is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2003.


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SWEETEST TABOO by Eva Marguez is an interesting Mature Contemporary Young Adult romance. The first in the “Sweetest Taboo” series. An intense story with controversial issues and a forbidden love with tragic results. A teacher-student relationship. Told from 15 year old Isobel Cruz perspective. “Sweetest Taboo” is the story of young Isabel Cruz,a 15 year old and Tom Stevens,her swim coach. It is a thin line between love,hate and betrayal. An illicit,illegal love affair,lying,cheating,and misinforming story that is heart breaking,compelling and emotional. While,”Sweetest Taboo” is not for everyone,it is written from an objective view,the author does not try to push the student-teacher relationship down the reader’s  throat. She does take you from one extreme to the next in this compelling and emotional story of forbidden love. As for this reviewer, I have real issues with the student-teacher relationship,but have to say this was a roller coaster story. It is labeled as a mature contemporary Young Adult read,but I don’t know that I would agree with that,but there you are. As I said,”Sweetest Taboo” is not for everyone,but if you enjoy reading controversial issues,teenage issues,and forbidden love,you will enjoy this story. Book  2 in the “Sweetest Taboo” series, “Tainted Love” is to release this month.  Received for an honest review from  he publisher.


HEAT RATING: Hot(Due to nature of content)

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book  Addiction Reviews


The Bronze and the Brimstone



Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Post-Dystopian Fiction/Time-Travel

Series:The Verona Trilogy #2

Source: Received for an honest review from  the author/publicist.

  • Reading level: Ages 13 and up
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Fiction Std (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936558084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936558087


What could go wrong in the 14th-century for three time-traveling teens? How about – EVERYTHING!

Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln, three teens from the 24th century, are trapped in 14th-century Verona, Italy. They’ve survived many deadly experiences by keeping their wits about them and by introducing futuristic technology into the past. Principal among these inventions is the telescope, which brought them to the attention of the rich and powerful.

But standing out can get you into unexpected and dangerous situations. The nobles of Verona now believe Hansum is a savant, a genius inventor, especially after he brings them plans for advanced cannons and black powder. Being the center of attention is great, but the potential for trouble is now exponentially greater because people are watching Hansum’s every move.

Meanwhile, artistic genius Shamira has fallen for a Florentine artist with bloody and disastrous consequences. Lincoln, considered an incompetent back home in the 24th-century, has blossomed – at least until he’s shot in the head with an arrow. And Hansum, after secretly marrying his new master’s beautiful daughter, Guilietta, is offered the hand in marriage of lady Beatrice, daughter of the ruler of Verona. To refuse could mean calamity for all the teens.

Amazingly, none of this is their biggest challenge. Because a rash illness is spreading across Verona – and it is threatening to consume everyone.

Do they have a future in this past?

ABOUT LORY KAUFMANLorys-pic-for-Bronze-color-2-300x187-1

“I write Post-Dystopian fiction. After society’s collapse, which is imagined in so many great dystopian stories, humans will either fade into history, with the dinosaurs, or, if it learns the right lessons, society will go on to construct a civilization to last tens of thousands of years. History Camp stories are the exciting adventures of young people doing the latter.” -Lory Kaufman

On the artistic side of Lory’s career, he’s written, acted and directed children’s theatre and musical theatre. He enjoys art, especially sculpture. He loves science fiction and historical fiction and he has been deeply involved in the green movement all across North America. All this shows through when you read his work. Lory has three grown children and works and lives in Kingston, Canada.

To find out more about Lory visit


THE BRONZE AND THE BRIMSTONE by Lori S. Kaufman is an interesting Post-Dystopian Fiction/Time Travel/Young Adult. Book #2 of “The Verona Trilogy”,but can be read as a stand alone, with re-appearing characters and a few new ones. See,”The Lens and the Looker”. Three teens are trapped in 14th-century Verona, Italy,from the 24th century. What a culture shock for these teens. Follow, Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln,as their journey continues through 14th- century Italy. With danger,a blossoming love interest,a marriage offer, a fast spreading illness,what could go wrong? Plenty and everything….An interesting tale of time-travel,history,a roller coaster of a ride,twists and turns for these teens. In interesting plot with engaging and believable characters. If you enjoy travel,post dystopian,14th century Itlay, you will enjoy this interesting and exciting title. Received for an honest review from the author/publicist.



REVIEWED BY:  AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews




Genre: Children’s/Young Adult

Source: Received for an honest review from the author and publisher.

  • Perfect Paperback: 83 pages
  • Publisher: Inkwell productions (September 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098332476X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983324768

Book Description(From Amazon)

Publication Date: September 8, 2011
Fairy Tale or True Life? Scented Adventures of The Bouquet Sisters in Fairyland is an interesting combination of both! Your Children will be delighted to share the mystical adventure of the Bouquet Sisters, as they fly around the World on their very own magic flying carpet. They are instructed by a beautiful team of Fairies called The Pretty Fiery Lights, who take them to learn from the Good Doctor (Gary Young) at his farm in Utah. The children learn about the Essential Oils and are sent on 7 Missions to anoint the Children of the World and pray for the Miracles needed to heal our World. This book will teach children the importance of prayer in changing things for good and to take care of their own health. The exquisite artwork of Josephine Wall and the Aroma Scent Release feature will engage their senses in beauty and the sweet scent of Sacred Oils.


SCENTED ADVENTURES OF THE BOUQUET SISTERS IN FAIRYLAND by Susan Liberty Hall is an interesting children’s/young adult fiction. Written with details,myths,mystical adventure,and fairy tales.Three sisters fly around the world on a mission to teach the world of prayer,health,miracles,and the value of “Essential Oils”. This book teaches us each a lesson in kindness,and understanding of others values. With beautiful artwork and scratch n sniff scents throughout. What a wonderful idea for children of all ages,young and old! An interesting and intriguing title that stimulates the imagination of young and old minds. A great encouragement! Received for an honest review from the author and publisher. Visit Inkwell Productions and My Book Addiction and More for more information.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews

TEMPTATION by Travis Thrasher…review…



Book 3: Solitary Tales series

Paperback:432 pages

Publisher:David C. Cook; New edition (April 1, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-1434764171

Genre: Young Adult/Fiction/Religious/Christian Mysteries

Source: Received for an honest review from Wynn-Wynn Media,LLC and the publisher.

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: April 1, 2012 | Series: Solitary Tales Series
The third book in the Solitary Tales series for young adults, Temptation follows the soul-wrenching twists of Chris Buckley’s journey as he heads deeper into a darkness that threatens all he loves best.
As a reluctant student at Harrington High’s summer school, Chris meets a fun-loving senior girl who offers a welcome diversion from Chris’s past. Soon Chris no longer searches for the truth about the town of Solitary. He no longer tries to pierce its shadows. He no longer questions his role in its mysteries. He makes a new choice: he runs. What he doesn’t realize is that he’s running the wrong way—and is very close to being beyond any choices at all.


TEMPTATION by Travis Thrasher is the third in the “Solitary Tales” series,but can be read as a stand alone. See,”Solitary”,and “Gravestone”.”Temptation” explores teens who like to fit in,popularity,they never listen to the warning signs of the things to come and how they struggle to just cope with life. I like the character Lily,she was the most popular girl in town. A compelling story for young adults. Received for an honest review from Wynn-Wynn Media,LLC and the publisher. Details can be found at David C. Cook,the author’s website,and My  Book Addiction and More.


HEAT RATING: NONE(Young Adult/Fiction/Religious/Christian Mysteries)

REVIEWED BY: DorothyA, My Book Addiction and More

SHE SPEAKS TO ANGELS by Ami Blackwelder….review…

Publisher: unavailable at present
Genre: YA & Adult Paranormal
Book 1 in the Angel Fire Chronicles
Source:  This book was received for and honest review
Buy Print April 6th

Book Description (From the author)

“I tried not to sound hysterical, but it’s not every day you find out the paranormal is hunting you.”

What if everything you believed was a lie?

A Suicide

Seventeen-year-old Allison Maney attends Millennium High School in Manhattan. Nothing out-of-the-ordinary, unless you consider the occasional suicides at the school. At last that is what everyone is told, what everyone believes. But Tommy Bachelor was a popular football player, why would he jump off the roof of the school?

Dangerous Liaisons

When Dameon pays attention to Ali, she could’t be more excited, because for the past three months he was all she could think about. But now that Dameon is finally pining for her affections, she is becoming more and more wrapped up in a clique-of-three, who as new transfers to the school are proving to be trouble. But at least Dameon loves her, doesn’t he?

Kian- a dangerous love interest she did not ask for.

Powers- belonging to an underworld she never knew existed.

A Clique- that could be friends or foes?

A Soul Purpose

The underworld of angels and demons have one thing on their mind -Earth.

Demons want to do what they want.

Angels want to protect humans from these rogue angels, AKA: Demons

For Allison Maney, everything is not exactly what it seems…

A Suspenseful Romance

Caught between Dameon and Kian, the suicide and the clique-of-three,

Ali won’t know who to trust…or who to love.

 Book trailer:


My Thoughts: 

SHE SPEAKS TO ANGELS is an action packed story that keeps you wanting more. School is let out early due to a student jumping off the school roof and falling to the ground in front of Ali’s English class window.  Is it murder? Will Ali ever get together with Dameon or will it be Kian?  Dameon’s pull on Ali is a bit stronger then Kians at first and this leads to her almost being killed. Ms. Blackwelder keeps you on the edge of you seat waiting to find out what happens next.

This is a must read for anyone who likes a good mystery.

Rating:    4.5

Heat  Rating:   Sweet

Reviewed by: Susan Faatz,My Book Addiction and More

THE BETRAYAL by Sheila Hendrix….


Paperback:294 pages (December 24, 2011)



ISBN-13: 978-1105236556

SOURCE: Received for an honest review from the author.

Book Description

Publication Date: December 24, 2011(from Amazon)
Zack and Matt McCannon have had a hard life. Abandoned by their parents, when they were little, Zack took it upon himself to raise his brother, not an easy task. Matt has powers and because he does, something evil is always after him. This keeps Zack on his toes to keep his brother safe. When a vision leads the brothers to a cave, they find out the vision was a trap. A demon wants to control Matt and kill Zack. When the demon asks Zack a question, How far will you go to save your brother, Zack replies, As far as I have to. Now an evil like no other is determined to destroy everything the brothers hold dear and if the McCannon’s are not careful, neither will be able to escape!
Book Trailer for THE BETRAYAL:
The book is about two brothers who fight a demon named Alanya .  Alanya has been trying to kill the younger brother Matt and take over his powers for a long time but his brother Zack  has stopped him every time.   It seems that this time Zack and Matt need help and they call in their friends Tony and Bryan who at first do not believe in the demon. Eventually they end up asking their friend Shane who happens to be a Doctor for his help.  Unknown to the brothers and their friends Shane does already know who Alanya is and is the only one who can solve the brothers problem with it.
I totally enjoyed the book and found it action packed.  This is a book you want to keep reading to the end and not put it down if you do not have to.  A worth while read for young and old alike. 
 **This author is one of our reviewers,but it has in NO way effected this review**
**This is a new review of the revised version of “The Betrayal” **
REVIEWED BY: Susan Faatz,My Book Addiction and More

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