New York Times Bestselling author Samantha Young writing as S. Young.

Thea Quinn has no idea what she is. All she knows is that her abilities have been a plague upon her life since she was a child. After years of suffering at the hands of a megalomaniac, Thea escaped and has been on the run ever since.

The leadership and protection of his pack are of the utmost importance to Conall MacLennan, Alpha and Chief of Clan MacLennan, the last werewolf pack in Scotland. Which is why watching his sister slowly die of a lycanthropic disease is emotional torture. When Conall is approached by a businessman who offers a cure for his sister in exchange for the use of Conall’s rare tracking ability, Conall forges an unbreakable contract with him. He has to find and retrieve the key to the cure: dangerous murderer, Thea Quinn.

Thea’s attempts to evade the ruthless werewolf are not only thwarted by the Alpha, but by outside dangers. With no choice but to rely on one another for survival, truths are revealed, intensifying a passionate connection they both fight to resist. At war with themselves and each other, Conall and Thea’s journey to Scotland forces them to face a heartrending choice between love and betrayal.

War of Hearts is a standalone paranormal romance.

Title : War of Hearts
Author : S. Young
Series : True Immortals #1
Format : eARC
Page Count : 447
Genre : Paranormal Romance
Publisher : Indie
Release Date : October 1, 2019

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★

This was an interesting paranormal world created by Samantha Young that was overall something I could invest in for this book but also for a series ahead. It’s been a while since she’s written in this genre and since I’ve read her older fantasy/PNR but I guess it’s like riding a bike because it worked for me.

WAR OF HEARTS focuses on Thea, a human type of being from unknown descent and difficult to label. She was a loner and she’d been on the run for a long time. I really liked how her character, powers and abilities were constructed; she was exciting to read about. I felt like it took a bit of time to get to know her, but she was kind of mysterious so this fitted in with the story.

Conell was a shifter, a Scottish wolf and the alpha of his pack, sent to literally sniff Thea out. The story of Connell and Thea, in opposition to one another and grudgingly developing changes in perception, was superb to observe. I got very absorbed and involved. At the heart of this was a great romance and rode with the tide on this one.

The story straddled Europe and that element made for engaging reading. I struggled a bit initially to get on board with the fae element of the storyline and the narrative of the past. I did come to appreciate parts of that, however.

There’s so much to this story, needing world building and that was delivered. The characters were well developed and on top of enjoying this first story of the series, I think there’s lots of good reading to come with characters from this story merging into the next book.


Happy “where’d all my money go?” new release Tuesday, everyone!
As you know, the most exciting day of the week in this community is the day that follows the one we all dread (Mondays for the nope) and today we’re going to highlight some of the new books chipping away at our bank accounts — but each one is so worth it.

I never expected to see more of the Legend universe but here we are! Today REBEL, Marie Lu’s expansion to her first series, is out. My understanding is this takes place ten years after the end of the original final book and man am I feeling nostalgic for this world all of a sudden. Can’t wait to read this one!

CRIER’S WAR by Nina Varela is a f/f fantasy debut about the forbidden love between a human and a robot. This is an #ownvoices title, book one in a duology, and I’m so excited for it.

WAR OF HEARTS by S Young is a turn back to paranormal romance for Samantha Young of contemporary romance fame. This is a world of immortal beings with shifters, vampires and fae. The romance is strong in this one and look out for Micky’s review.

THE END AND OTHER BEGINNINGS by Veronica Roth is a collection of six short stories, all with a futuristic feel. There are two stories from the Carve the Mark world, but it is possible to read the them all without prior knowledge. Micky has a review coming for this collection.

THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS by Charlotte Nicole Davis gets a double review from us so keep an eye out for that later this week! This debut has a fresh feel, slicing dystopia with an old time world, almost like a western. 

NOW ENTERING ADDAMSVILLE by Francesca Zappia is not only a new release by the author of ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS, one of my favourite contemporaries, but is also being pitched as, “Stranger Things meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Obviously here for itttttt.

TEN BLIND DATES by Ashley Elston sounds like the most adorable holiday YA romance. After breaking up with her boyfriend, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. I expect much cuteness AND hilarity.

Are there any titles out today you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments below!

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