Thursday, February 22, 2018

Firebloods by Casey Hays

by Casey Hays
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
326 pages

Jude Gallagher thought she was crazy.
It all started when the boy next door made her hear music—inside her head. All the time.

It was torture.

She didn’t think things could get worse. But then one hot summer, her best friend Kane O’Reilly decides to tell her how he really feels about her. Music inside her head? That’s nothing compared what happens next.

Things only turn stranger when she and her lab partner Frankie Melmack begin a project to prove the existence of the Vatra u Krvi—a race of people tied to the mythical Phoenix. Add in a neglectful mother and a magic ring, and the insanity that defines Jude’s life is pretty well complete.

Heat surges across the Nevada desert, and the best and worst parts of Jude Gallagher’s life collide as myth meets reality. In the middle of the chaos, she begins to hear more than just music. And she has to wonder…

Maybe... just maybe… she really is crazy after all.

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“So… why are you fighting me?”

Surprised, I swivel up to meet his gaze. “What?”

“You heard me.” He slinks down to his elbow, level with me. “You never used to, but lately, you shove me away. Most of the time. Why add one more battle to your field when you
could have an ally?”

“An ally?” I scrutinize him. “I didn’t think you were my enemy.”

“Metaphorically speaking,” he smiles.

I take a little too long to respond, so he digs in.

“I know your excuses. We’re friends. It would complicate us. Why screw up a good thing?” He lifts a hand in defense. “All valid points, by the way. I get it.”

He pauses, as if he’s working to get a tighter grip on his next set of objectives. My robe
takes this moment to slip off my shoulder, and I tug it back into place and circle the bar to sit on a stool. This conversation is getting real, and putting the bar between us suddenly seems like a great idea.

“You know, we had this all sorted out last night until you decided to screw it up again,” I
remind him.

He studies me, his arms crossed over his chest, hands tucked up under his pits.

“Yeah, well, I’ve slept on it. And maybe I don’t want it sorted out.” His voice takes on a
determination that grips me, holding my eyes on a firm line with his. “You might not want to

hear this, but I’m gonna say it. See, I chose you when I was twelve years old.” He shrugs. “Ever since, I’ve been biding my time, waiting for you to catch up. I’m just tired of waiting.”

Casey Hays developed a love for young adult fiction while teaching high school English literature. She writes fantasy sci-fi and dystopian--all with a twist of romance. She is best known for The Arrow’s Flight Series (Breeder, The Archer, Master), a YA Christian dystopian, which includes The Scent of Lilac, an Arrow’s Flight Novella nominated for a RONE award for Best Novella of 2016, and A Heart of Flesh (the first NA in the series). Her short story "Edge of a Promise" is featured in the collaborative anthology PREP FOR DOOM. Currently, she is working on two more novellas for Arrow's Flight as well as the Firebloods series based on the legend of the Phoenix. Look for book 2, Scorch Song, this spring.

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