Sunday, August 17, 2014

Spellbound (Spellbringers Book I) by Tricia Drammeh is now on

Talented author (and my good friend) Tricia Drammeh has a brand new release, Spellbound with more to come. The Spellbringers is a fabulous YA fantasy series that is sure to grab readers attention. Just in case you have not been introduced to Tricia, it's time you catch up.

The Demon Re’Vel stalks his prey in the forest of dreams, slowly gaining control over the mind of his victim. Rachel doesn’t realize the Demon is real. In fact, she doesn’t believe in magic, Demons, Hunters, or any of the other things the Alexanders have warned her about. She resists their protection, but can’t resist her overwhelming feelings for Jace. 

Alisa has been drawn to Jace since the day she saved him from a Hunter attack. A mere human in a world of Spellbringers, Alisa has been embraced by the Alexander family as a hero, but not everyone is willing to accept her. Jace’s intimidating older brother, Bryce, keeps his emotions and his secrets hidden. When Bryce confides in Alisa, it puts her relationship with Jace and the entire Alexander family at risk. 

Danger, secrets, and betrayal collide, and when the Demon makes his claim, the small, southern town of Oaktree becomes a battleground for Rachel’s life. 

Formerly published under the title 'The Claiming Words,' Spellbound is a completely re-written, re-vamped novel featuring added scenes, additional chapters, and a new ending.

My Review

From the opening sentence of Spellbound I was hooked. Tricia Drammeh expertly weaves a tale of great fascination. I read in a fury wanting to know more. I was enthralled with the story and indulged myself until I got to the end. I couldn't put this book down. That is how good it is.

Alisa's story touched me and I could relate to her insecurities. She is a teenager who has to deal with a constant bully who happens to be her cousin.
Written in such a way it was easy to connect to her and what she was going through.

I liked that this story shared different viewpoints, going from Alisa to Rachel. Both stories seemed to parallel the other. Really felt like I was getting into their heads. So good to get more than one perspective.

I guess you can call this a coming-of-age story yet it isn't quite what it seems. There are paranormal aspects that kept me guessing and a well developed plot line that kept me on my toes. So many twists that I did not see coming.

I don't think you have to be young to enjoy this YA story. I ate it up in one sitting. This book is fast paced, wildly entertaining and easy to escape into the unknown that was Spellbound. Highly recommend reading this book before book two, Firebound comes out. This is a great start to the Spellbringers series.

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"My worry over Jeffrey would be a constant tickle in the back of my mind, probably for the rest of my life. I longed for days past when the only things I had to worry about were grades and college applications.I used to live in a world where magic only existed in my silly little vampire novels. Now magic followed me everywhere, and I couldn't find safety even in my dreams."

Sean is no stranger to darkness. He's overcome a dangerous addiction, struggled with mental illness, and faced relentless bullying by his peers. His best friend, Alex, has always been there for him, but when he falls in love with her, he replaces his online gaming obsession with a possessive interest in her. 

Alex's survival depends upon her ability to lock memories of her troubled childhood deep inside her mind, but an unhealthy relationship with Sean causes dark visions of her past to rise to the surface. Sean's obsession and Alex's complacency collide, resulting in tragedy. 

Together, Sean and Alex live in a hell of their own making. One will escape at the expense of the other. Both will discover why Dante chose to condemn the Wrathful and the Sullen in the Fifth Circle of Hell.

My Review

From the first page I could relate to Alex, the main character. Her vulnerability and ability to display it so openly drew me in. She might have had insecurities but that is what made her seem real. Let's just say we bonded right from the start.

The writers ability to make her characters come alive as they did are a true testament to her talent. The writing was flawless, crisp, clean and direct.

I liked how the story was told by Alex and by Sean. As a reader I was able to get the full perspective. It kept the story interesting with the different view points. It was almost like reading diary entries that were not meant for anyone else's eyes other than it's author. I think any age group could get something from this story. Even after putting this book down so many thoughts fluttered through my brain.

The powerful story that unfolds is haunting and I found myself filled with emotion. The writer has a way of pulling you in. It is not until you turn to the last page that you are released from that firm grip.

"I turned around and took a few uncomfortable steps towards my house. I could feel his eyes following me. When I tripped over the garden hose in my yard, I prayed for once, he wasn't looking. I peeked over my shoulder and sure enough, he was watching me. My embarrassing display of clumsiness didn't wipe the look of longing in his face, though. His yearning frightened me because I knew one day he might want something more than just a date to the school dance and I wasn't sure if I had the strength to tell him no.”

Ninth grade can be a nightmare when you don’t fit in at school, your crush chooses someone else, and your parents tell you they’re having a new baby. Abby was prepared for normal high school problems. She wasn’t prepared for a demon. 

Abby has always been fascinated by the paranormal, but after an ill-fated séance, she discovers not all Spirits are benign. A dark entity unleashed during the summoning sets out to destroy Abby, and within days, she loses her best friend, incurs the wrath of her parents, and becomes a prisoner in her own home. With time quickly running out, she assembles an unlikely group of helpers: the most hated guy in school, a retired psychic, and the cute clerk from her favorite bookstore. Unless the demon is defeated, Abby and her new baby brother won’t stand a chance. 

The Séance, a Dark Summons Novel, is a full-length Paranormal book for teens and young adults. Join Abby as she navigates the complexities of ninth grade, tackles the supernatural, and even finds a bit of romance along the way.

My Review

It was so easy to get immersed in the story and to visualize this character from the very first pages as the writing was clear and realistic. Miss Drammeh has a real gift for story telling no matter what subject matter she writes about. She has a way of just pulling her reader in.

I was entertained all the way through and touched by the messages about family and bullying. This is also a story about friendship, betrayal and trust and gives a lesson about not messing with things you know nothing about. I am sure I entered some dangerous territory when I was a teen and I am just thankful I didn't pay for naive natural curiosity.

The Seance is a great book that has depth and real life heartfelt emotion. My interest was spiked as the action and suspense contined throughout the story. As the characters come to life, this book really gets in the mind of a teenager with great understanding and compassion.

"Things can always get worse, so don't ever tempt fate by saying they can't. Things got worse for me, a little worse each day. Sometimes things are so bad, you don't even realize how bad they are because you've accepted a baseline of horrible."

Twenty-three-year-old Karlie is in the type of rut some people never escape from. With few friends, no boyfriend, and no plans to graduate from college any time in the immediate future, Karlie is as stuck in her ways as the elderly neighbor she spends all her time with. 

When her world is invaded by two surly twins bound for criminal court, a too-good-to-be-true love interest, and a cute cop who keeps showing up at the most inopportune moments, Karlie can either fight against the changes in her life, or embrace them.

My Review

Better than Perfect is one of Tricia Drammeh's best books yet. Though I have loved them all, this one resonated with me the most. I can relate to the feelings of inadequacies of being human. It's the human existence that pulled me in and made me feel somehow a part of the story. Karlie can be any of us. She is real, flawed and not without quicks. It's the quirks about her that I admire the most. There is an honesty to the writing that makes me wonder how much of this story is from real life. Sometimes her life gets in her way. Whose doesn't. This is an accurate account of a life and I was pulled in. Every word of it made sense to me.

How can things go so right but at the same time so wrong? Yes, I can relate to that very much in my own life. It's something about the yin and yang of things but we only have the tools we were given. Some more than others. There is a vulnerability to the writing that I find almost addictive.

I was sorry to put this book down as I enjoyed all the highs and lows. This is more than a romantic story but one about life and getting through our everyday obstacles. There is growth that happens to all of us when we are brought into something new.

This is a great reminder that life can always change for us. We are never stuck no matter how bad or hopeless it seems. Something good is always waiting around the corner but we have to pay attention long enough to notice.

Better than Perfect is so many things and compelled me from start to finish.


"I spend the next thirty minutes biting my ragged fingernails and pacing. I'm so nauseous and anxious. I feel like I am about to lose my mind. Is this what I put my parents through when I stayed out past curfew? If so, I'm desperately sorry. It's the worst feeling in the world. I alternate between peeling out the front window and checking the time on the cell phone. When my phone finally rings, I nearly drop it in my haste to answer."


Tricia Drammeh is a wife and mother of four children who lives in New Hampshire. Her published works include the Spellbringers series, Better than Perfect, The Seance, and The Fifth Circle. She is currently working on her eighth novel. When Tricia isn't writing, she can be found devouring books, chasing cats, or consuming vast amounts of coffee.


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