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Title: Someone Else’s Star
Author: Madalyn Thane
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Published: October 24, 2017
Page Count: 167 Pages

When the boy who appears hellbent on ruining her life shows every sign of doing a 180-degree turnaround, seventeen-year-old Sadie Davis doesn’t know whether to trust her head or her heart.

After years of wishing on stars, she’s beginning to give up on her dream of finding true love. Can Jacob, the boy who has tortured her for three long years convince her that she hasn’t been wasting her time wishing on someone else’s star?

 

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Someone Else’s Star Excerpt © Madalyn Thane 2017
“Can you please try to get along with him?” Why did Bree make her feel like she was acting like a petulant child? Sadie was not the friend in the wrong in this situation. She would never ask this of Bree. Damn. Damn, damn, damn. She hated being such a pushover.

“Get along with him? I’m not the asshole who hit him in the face with a dodgeball, forever ruining the line of his nose. I need to think about this. You have no guarantee whatsoever that he won’t try something even worse on the so-called dates. What if he tries to actually kill me, once and for all? Maybe something has finally snapped in his mind and he wants me dead. I fully believe that a serial killer could lurk behind those eyes.”

What a debut.  I mean, really?  I debut.  I’ve been reading a lot of YA over the past year and some of it has been really, really good and some meh.  This book falls into the really good category.  This can be categorized under the tropes of enemies to lovers or childhood friends.  Plus, it has the family issues that some YA books tend to either over angst about or just skim through it.  This one has just the right balance.

I won’t go into the details of how and why Jacob tortured Sadie all those years but let’s just say it isn’t what it seems.  Oh yes, boys at this age don’t sometimes express their feelings in such a nice way.  But Ms. Thane writes it in a way that is sometimes funny but heartbreaking as well.  He really is a big softie in the end.

I really liked Jacob and understood why he did the things he did.  Masking the pain that he was in for so long and then realizing that he had to do something about Sadie was the big growing up moment for him.  He really was a good guy but displaced hunger was getting to him and he realized that Sadie would slip through his fingers.

Sadie is a hoot.  She is snarky but hidden behind all that snark is a girl that has never figured out why Jacob has been so mean to her.  I loved how Bree was able to get to her see Jacob in a new light and just maybe even liking him a bit.  Their dialogue is spot on for teenagers and heartfelt, as well.  I could also understand why Sadie was a bit skeptical at first.  No guy does a 180 like that.

Overall, I really liked this novel.  The ending is OMG!  Ms. Thane has written a beautiful, funny, heartfelt, and oh so good YA book that anyone can enjoy.  Not too much angst, funny moments and two characters that you will just fall in love with.

 

 

Madalyn Thane lives in Western Montana with her husband, teenage son, four dogs and two cats. She has another son who lives in heaven with the angels.

Someone Else’s Star is her debut novel.

 

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The Ghost Chronicles 2
by Marlo Berliner
Young Adult Paranormal
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
October 17th 2017 by Teddy Blue Books

**If you love ghost stories and the paranormal, then THE GHOST CHRONICLES series is the perfect new read for you!**

What’s there to fear if you’re already dead?
Plenty.
Michael and Sarah now know for certain, there is a destination after death.
They also know they better find their way out of the afterlife fast, before the devil claims Michael’s soul.
What they don’t know?
Before they can get to heaven…
they may just have to go through hell.

*Inspired by the legend of a haunting at the famous Angel of the Sea bed and breakfast in Cape May, NJ*

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Young Adult Paranormal
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November 17th 2015 by Teddy Blue Books

Can Michael get to heaven before the devil gets him first, and if it means leaving Sarah is he sure he still wants to go?

Michael Andrews had everything – a loving family, a great girlfriend and a promising basketball career. That was before the accident that took his life. Now, he’s a ghost, wandering among the living, struggling to understand why he’s stuck. All he wants is to move on.

That is until he meets Sarah, an attractive young girl who died just as tragically as he did. The only trouble is falling in love and binding oneself to another soul is forbidden, for it may keep one or both of the souls bound to earth for longer than they should be.

To make matters worse, there’s also a danger in going too far with Sarah, because the “joining” of two souls in the afterlife is also strictly forbidden and they don’t know what will happen if they do go that far. Each time they touch they can feel the boundaries of their energies slipping perilously into one another.

Things get even more complicated as Michael learns he’s being pursued. Demons are after him because he’s a marked soul, a soul the devil wants very badly for some unknown reason.

So, maybe falling in love in the afterlife isn’t such a good idea.

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EXCERPT

 

Michael turned to her to say something funny, but the antique clock on the sidewalk in front of the gift shop suddenly chimed midnight. As usual, time had once again moved forward at some wickedly irrational pace.

The wind had picked up and snow was lightly falling again, straight through both of them. He took Sarah’s hand and let the swirling wind direct him, spinning her around the wrought-iron clock as if they were ballroom dancing to music only he could hear in his mind.

Or so he thought.

Until Sarah started humming the same tune along with him.

He hadn’t even realized it, but his mind must’ve been projecting the music, so he picked up the tempo now, humming louder. It took a moment before he could recall the name of the tune, but then he recognized the song as The Blue Danube, a famous waltz by Johann Strauss II. At least I remembered something from middle school music classes, he thought with amusement.

He twirled her around again with a big flourish then dipped her in his arms, before finally yanking her up into a tight embrace. A swirl of snowflakes danced softly around and through her wavy, red hair. Aroused by the warmth of her aura, he pulled her even closer to his chest, as spectral butterflies sprang to life in his stomach.

This was the kind of romantic moment any man, dead or alive, would remember forever. A thread of magic that would become stitched inside of a freeze frame of memory.

His fingers strayed across her cheek, relishing the softness of her ghostly skin. For a moment, her big, beautiful eyes held him spellbound. He could swear each time he looked into them they reflected an even deeper, more entrancing shade of green. “Merry Christmas, Sarah.”

She leaned into him and whispered tenderly, “Merry Christmas, my love.”

He let himself go, placing his mouth desperately over hers, losing himself in the heat and passion of her kiss. As far as he was concerned there was nothing else on this earth, nothing else in this universe, except her lips and this moment in time.

 

About the Author

Marlo Berliner is the award-winning author of THE GHOST CHRONICLES, her debut book which was released in November 2015 to critical acclaim. Marlo writes young adult, women’s fiction, and short stories. Marlo is represented by Eric Ruben of The Ruben Agency.

When she’s not writing or editing, Marlo loves reading, relaxing at the beach, watching movies, and rooting for the Penn State Nittany Lions. After having spent some wonderful time in Pittsburgh and Houston, she’s now back in her home state of New Jersey where she resides with her husband, two sons, and a rambunctious puppy named Max.

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Title: Someone Else’s Star
Author: Madalyn Thane
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Published: October 24, 2017
Page Count: 167 Pages

When the boy who appears hellbent on ruining her life shows every sign of doing a 180-degree turnaround, seventeen-year-old Sadie Davis doesn’t know whether to trust her head or her heart.

After years of wishing on stars, she’s beginning to give up on her dream of finding true love. Can Jacob, the boy who has tortured her for three long years convince her that she hasn’t been wasting her time wishing on someone else’s star?

 

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Someone Else’s Star Excerpt © Madalyn Thane 2017
“Can you please try to get along with him?” Why did Bree make her feel like she was acting like a petulant child? Sadie was not the friend in the wrong in this situation. She would never ask this of Bree. Damn. Damn, damn, damn. She hated being such a pushover.

“Get along with him? I’m not the asshole who hit him in the face with a dodgeball, forever ruining the line of his nose. I need to think about this. You have no guarantee whatsoever that he won’t try something even worse on the so-called dates. What if he tries to actually kill me, once and for all? Maybe something has finally snapped in his mind and he wants me dead. I fully believe that a serial killer could lurk behind those eyes.”

 

Madalyn Thane lives in Western Montana with her husband, teenage son, four dogs and two cats. She has another son who lives in heaven with the angels.

Someone Else’s Star is her debut novel.

 

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