I’ve posted books by MK Harkins before, so, it won’t be a shock to see that I’m highlighting her books again. What might surprise you is that it’s young adult paranormal. I know, right? I’m not your usual YA paranormal reader, but I love this series. I’m spending my Friday night curled up under the air conditioner, reading book two in this series, The Jack.
Check it out. — Oh, and come back on Monday for an announcement. That’s right, I’ve been hiding a secret …
The Reader (The Immortal Series Book 1)
Hunted, shot, and without her memory, eighteen-year-old Ann Baker wakes in shallow water on a deserted Pacific Northwest island. She is soon approached by two young men claiming to be her friends. Something isn’t right, but when gunshots sound, Ann is left with little choice but to allow Devon and Archer to help her escape. Soon she finds herself in their North Bend mountain compound, where the higher evolved humans claim to be mind-readers. While Ann heals, she realizes they believe her to be one of the last and most powerful of all – The Lost One.
She’s welcomed by most with opened arms, but not everyone is happy about her arrival. A jealous adversary has plans for Ann, which spirals the entire Reader community into chaos.
As lies, murder, and betrayal threaten to rip apart the once harmonious mountain dwellers, Ann is thrust into making a decision that could save or devastate not only The Readers, but all of mankind. But there’s just one glitch: by doing so it may require her to make the ultimate sacrifice.
I’m not your average YA reader, but I know a great story when I read one and I LOVED this story!
I believe The Reader is listed as Paranormal Romance for Young Adults but it’s so much more than that. It’s not overly sexy but there’s plenty of love and loads of discovery. MK Harkins combined this discovery well with action and adventure to make this book perfect for everyone. She hooked me right away and pulled me further in with each page.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Reader and the world she created.
I immediately fell in love with Ann’s wit and quirky attitude. I had her pictured in my mind long before her description had been made clear, that’s how well MK wrote her character. All of the characters are equally flushed out and well-drawn. Ann and her two potential love interests aren’t your average teenagers, but even with their supernatural abilities, they come across as normal people. They act, and feel, and love just like the rest of us, which makes this story even stronger. I grew attached, and in turn, felt invested in their stories rather quickly. MK also did a wonderful job of keeping me guessing without overly drawing out the triangle.
Sometimes paranormal books can be so heavy with overly described worlds that are too hard to keep track of, sometimes even just plain exhausting to read. That’s not the case with The Reader. MK had a great blended balance with her created world and the real world. It was easy to follow yet still very interesting. The charter building, world-building, and plot flowed together seamlessly throughout the book so well that I got lost in the pages and couldn’t stop reading.
With a great beginning, a well-paced middle, and an extremely satisfying ending, you can’t go wrong with THE READER. It’s another winner from MK Harkins! I highly recommend this book regardless of your age. There’s plenty to enjoy for everyone!
The Jack (The Immortal Series Book 2)
Should he save the woman he loves but can never have, protect humanity, or avoid a prison sentence that would stretch for eternity?
Archer is a half breed, caught between two opposing heritages – the Jacks, a bloodthirsty race who kills for sport, and the Readers, a docile race trying to save humankind. Two years ago, he betrayed the Readers, though, in a last-minute change of heart, saved them from ultimate destruction. But now he’s all alone, wallowing in unrequited love.
Sadie is an Immortal Seer with a dangerous calling: she must hunt down and destroy the last of the vengeful Jacks. But her quirky humor and gentle spirit make her an unlikely fit for the job.
Archer is drawn to Sadie’s pure, kindhearted nature, rekindling hope he might not have to live a solitary life, but he has no idea the danger he’s in.
When fate forces the mortal enemies to work together, Sadie must determine which side Archer is on, how much of his charm is real, and if she should follow through with her directive: should she kill him or save him?
Aha! I’m not finished yet, but as I said, I’m reading it now. My review will come soon…here’s a hint…I LOVE it!
More about MK Harkins
MK has always been a voracious reader. After hitting a dry spell of reading material, she decided to write the kind of book she’d like to read. This resulted in the creation of her debut novel, Intentional. (Award for Best Sweet Romance – eFestival of Words- August 2014) Unintentional, the second book in the series, is based on the life of one of the characters in Intentional (Cade – an engineer/rock star). Unintentional was written as a stand-alone book. Breaking Braydon, another stand-alone book, is now available on Amazon. Taking Tiffany (A spin-off) is available now. The Reader (A Paranormal Romance) released August 25th, 2016. Famous by Default released March 15th, 2017. The Jack, the sequel to The Reader, releases August 2018 When she’s not writing novels, she likes to spend her free time traveling the world, splashing in mud puddles (She lives in Seattle, what can she say?), watching movies and reading (!)
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