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Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin, book review by Lexi Flint


Losing Logan  is another well written, touching and thought provoking novel by Sherry D. Ficklin. Losing Logan touches on many subjects that teens are faced with each day such as bullying, suicide, self esteem, teen pregnancy, sexuality and relationships without being preachy. These subjects are weaved seamlessly and subtly into the story. Losing Logan is a love story, a ghost story, a mystery. Losing Logan made me laugh, it made me cry. It made me remember how it feels to be young and in love and haunted by my dead boyfriend.

All of the characters are well written and fully flushed out. The emotions are raw and real and reverberate throughout the book.  I don’t want to give away any spoilers because I want you to experience this book for yourself. From page one you are immediately drawn into the world of Zoe and Logan as they try to solve  his murder and to figure out the ramifications of falling in love when only one of them is alive.  Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin is a must read.

Losing Logan is set to be released May 2nd 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing.

Book Blurb

“What if the one thing you never meant to hold on to, is the one thing you can’t let go of?
Normally finding a hot guy in her bedroom wouldn’t irritate Zoe so badly, but finding her childhood friend Logan there is a big problem. Mostly because he’s dead.
As the only person he can make contact with, he talks Zoe into helping him put together the pieces surrounding his mysterious death so he can move on.
Thrust into his world of ultra popular rich kids, Zoe is out of her element and caught in the cross-hairs of Logan’s suspicious ex-girlfriend and the friends he left behind, each of whom had a reason to want him dead. The deeper they dig to find the truth, the closer Zoe gets to a killer who would do anything to protect his secrets. And that’s just the start of her problems because Zoe is falling for a dead guy”


Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin                Sherry D. Ficklin


To learn more about Losing Logan author  Sherry D. Ficklin please click here.

Website     www.sherryficklin.com

Twitter      authorsherry

Goodreads  https://www.goodreads.com/Author_Sherry


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The Apocalypse Gene by Carlyle Clark and Suki Michelle YA book review by @LexiFlint


Today I am reviewing The Apocalypse Gene by Suki Michelle and Carlyle Clark for The Book Babes blog. I found this book to be a highly entertaining. It is an action packed, fast paced YA novel. The story centers around a girl who reads auras, Olivya, and an empath Mikah in the post apocalyptic Chicago. 

The once vibrant city of Chicago  has become a deserted waste land as almost everyone has ben stricken with a malignant cancer. Olivya lives with her mother on Hospice row taking care of the Gad’s, (Good As Dead )patients that her mother has opened their home to. The only normal interaction she has is through V-school and Cy-Chi the virtual world where she meads Mikah’s handsome halo-sim.

As an orphan Mikah lives a lonely life in an apartment complex with the telepathic and powerful kindred who seem to feed off of the negative emotions in the world such as  hatred, pain and war. Mikah is dreading the day when he will be initiated into the world of the kindred fold fearing that he will turns into a monster like the ever metamorphosing Prime whose dark soul lurks around the complex and fills Mikah’s heart with fear.

When Olivya and Mikah dare to meet their lives are forever changed as they embark on a journey to save the people they love from  the cancerous pandemic and an unknown enemy.  These two young people don’t know if they have what it takes to win this battle but they possess the most powerful weapon of all. LOVE!

Clark and Michelle weaves science fiction and fantasy with historical and mythological characters creating a non-stop action packed novel. I give this book a 4/5 on the Book Babes rating scale.


The Apocalypse Gene


Book Blurb

Global pandemic is raging.

Olivya Wright-Ono’s once loving home has been converted to a hospice for the dying. Her ability to see auras forces her to witness, with agonizing detail, the vibrant colors of life consumed by malignancy.

The beautiful and troubled, Mikah, is an elite Empath in the ancient Kindred clan, led by the brooding, ever-morphing, monster named Prime. Mikah has learned a terrible truth . . . the plague is linked to Kindred origins. When Olivya sees evidence of disease creeping into her mother’s aura, she has no one to turn to but Mikah. Can he unearth the Kindred secrets and find a cure?

Can she trust this boy whose power allows him to manipulate her very emotions? With her mother’s life, and that of the world, in the balance, Olivya and Mikah embark on a quest to stop the Pandemic, only to discover it is far, far more than a mere disease .


The Book Babes Book Review system

5/5 We will nag, harass, and generally stand over your shoulder until you read this book, just so we can dish with you about it.
4/5 This book was really good. We would insist you buy a copy, or at least borrow ours.
3/5 A good book. Mixed reviews. We suggest you put it on your library list, just to see for yourself.
2/5 Seriously lacking. Mostly didn’t get into it.
1/5 No good. We all agreed, this book just sucked.
0/5 Really terrible. Not only should you not read this book, you shouldn’t pick it up off the shelf without wearing a full hazmat suit.

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How Author Julie Particka finds the right setting for her novels.

I am so excited to hand my blog over to fellow Michigander and Young Adult author Julie Particka for the day.  Julie is the author of Pretty Souls soon to be released by Decadent Publishing. She is the first guest blogger I have had the honor of hosting on Lexi’s Author Alcove.  I hope she will come back soon to enlighten us with more of her writing expertise. 

Today she is discussing how she chooses the settings for her novels. Settings in a book can be as just important as the characters. The setting of a novel can evoke the mood or theme of the story. Could Stephanie Meyers had set her Twilight series in New York or Dallas Texas?  Sure she could but it would have changed the tone of the story from the dreary, dark, isolated,  feel of Forks,Washington. The setting of the story is the landscape on which your characters play, learn and hopefully come alive. I hope you enjoy today’s post as much as I did.

Thank you Julie for visiting with us today!

Local Flavor

When deciding where to set my Paranormal Response Team series, I briefly considered the Detroit area. I grew up in the surrounding suburbs, and it’s the place that will always scream “home” to me. However, so many paranormal’s take place in big cities I decided not to go there—it felt too obvious. I didn’t want to stray too far in the opposite direction either.

Instead, I decided to set it in the area where I currently live. This wasn’t to make it easier on me, but because I’m a strong believer in making everything “fit”. As I mapped out the over-arching plot of the series, I knew I needed someplace that was city-like—but not big—and close enough to the country that when I needed open spaces, they were readily available.

Plus, it gave me the opportunity to pull in little bits and pieces of what it’s like living here, from the local university (Western Michigan) to Kellogg Dairy Farm (in book 2) to Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery (don’t ask, but I think it’s going to play a part in book 4) to Lake Michigan. The Kalamazoo-Portage area isn’t big-city huge, but it is a decent size. Portage alone has between 100,000 to 150,000 people. So it’s definitely a city rather than a small town, small enough to maneuver through easily, but big enough to house more than a couple super naturals without notice.

One of my favorite aspects of using a real place that I have easy access to though is finding little local gems to weave into the story. For instance, Indian Fields cemetery figures prominently in Pretty Souls (www.decadentpublishing.com). Not only was I able to go visit (multiple times) to take pictures and get a feel for the place, I also made sure that things such as being able to see it from the fence along the airport worked. My favorite part, however, was learning a little bit of the history about it. It’s thought the cemetery was built over Native American burial grounds and walking through it, you get a real sense of age that goes beyond weathered tombstones from the 1800s (http://usgwarchives.net/mi/tsphoto/kalamazoo/indianfields.htm).

And of course there are the animals. The city of Portage has families of deer just ripe for the picking by a hungry teen werewolf. And the rabbits mentioned in the first chapter? They truly are that brave; my daughter almost caught one when she was three.

A lot of the things I chose to include about the area aren’t elaborate; they are simple little things that make Portage more than just a setting for my characters. They are the tiny pieces of reality that make this their home. I hope you’ll take the chance and pay them a visit.

Book Excerpt Pretty Souls by Julie Particka

“Elle hasn’t been afraid of the things that go bump in the night since she became a werewolf. She’d happily give up her inner monster to get her family back though. Hell, she’d give up the beast for nothing. Of course her foster sister doesn’t get it. After all, she doesn’t battle with her own darker half, but vampire blood can do that to a person.

Their nightly patrols have become more habit than necessity—until a demon spawn comes to town, ripping souls from strangers, enemies, and friends alike. When it threatens her foster mom, Elle’s peaceful life is shattered, but she’s not going to give up without a fight. Fighting the beast for control at the same time is more than she can handle though. Armed with more attitude than experience, Elle and her sister have to track down the demon spawn before it collects enough souls to fulfill its birthright and open a doorway to hell.

For the first time in years, Elle is scared. She’s willing to lose herself in the beast if that’s what it takes, but saving the world could cost her soul.”



Website: http://julieparticka.com/

Blog: http://julieparticka.com/blog/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Selestial

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Julie-Particka/188238667871397


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