Sunday, January 5, 2014

Itty Bitties! - Camp Cauldron & Pinpoint

The first Itty Bittie post for 2014!! This year I hope to give a bit more attention to the little reads out there. I have read some pretty good ones in the last year and hope to discover a lot more.

18370253Title: Camp Cauldron
Author: Juli Alexander 
Release Date: December 8, 2013
Source: Amazon Purchase
Purchase: Amazon - Only $0.94 as of this post! 

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Forced to spend Spring Break as a counselor at a camp for troublesome young witches instead of drooling over hotties at the beach, Emma relinquishes her hopes for romance. Could the perfect guy be waiting in the midst of poison ivy, s'mores, elephant trunks, and kangaroo feet?

Though I haven't read the novel series, I picked this short story on Amazon during a free promotion. It was fun and magical! (Excuse the pun.) 

Though only about 30 pages, the author crammed enough character and plot development to make this story feel longer and full bodied.  There were some fun moments where kids worked magic they weren't supposed to and suffered the consequences and also a little YA romance thrown in.

It was a fun short read, and though I am not a huge fan of stories of young teens and magic, I did enjoy this. Picking or not picking up the series would only be a matter of preference in genres, vs whether the author did a good job in writing this little piece. If I was more into this type of story I wouldn't hesitate to read on.  But if you are interested in YA with magic thrown in, I would definitely recommend giving the series and this author a go!

13043990Title: PinPoint
Series: Hunted - Bonus Short Story
Author: Cheryl Rainfield
Publisher: Sun and Rain Press
Release Date: November 9, 2011
Source: Amazon Purchase
Purchase: Amazon - Only $0.99 as of this post
Teen telepath Caitlyn "overhears" someone planning to set another student up as a Para--something that could cost that student their home, their family, and even their life. Caitlyn is in a race against time to help protect another student, who might, after all, be a Para. Enjoy this free bonus short story for readers of HUNTED that gives you a glimpse into Caitlyn's world...

Since reading 'Scars' by Cheryl Rainfield through Netgalley, I have been fascinated with this writer and her novels. Since then, I have read and reviewed a few of her books and enjoyed each one. 

This bonus short story is not necessarily a companion to the actual series, but felt more like a moment in time during school for Caitlyn when she overhears the thoughts of someone that is planning some humiliating harm to another student.

Super short, but true to the characters in the actual novels, this was a likeable read.  If you haven't read 'Hunted' you may be a little lost, since the bonus short story doesn't give you much, if any, background to the characters or preceding events.  

Read any cool Itty Bitties lately? Drop us a line in the comments section!

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