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Jena Brown

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Jena Brown

Reviewer
jenabrownmartin@gmail.com

Jena Brown is an avid reader, blogger and aspiring author. She worked as a business consultant for a global convenience store chain for a decade before leaving to run her own store. Writing down the amusing antics of customers led to the idea of writing a book. Having left the real world behind, she now lives entirely in fictional worlds. In addition to working on the second draft of her first novel, she writes reviews and is mildly obsessed with the bookstagram community on Instagram (@jenabrownwrites). Jena lives in Las Vegas with her husband and two chihuahuas. Come talk books http://www.jenabrownwrites.com

Jena Brown

Reviews by Jena Brown

by Julie C. Dao - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 14+

Princess Jade has grown up in exile, hidden in a monastery while her stepmother, Xifeng, rules as Empress of Feng Lu. But the empire is in distress and its people are sinking into poverty and despair. Jade doesn't want the crown, but she knows she is the only one who can dethrone the Empress and set the world right. Ready to returm as rightful heir, Jade embarks on a quest to raise the Dragon Lords and defeat Xifeng and the Serpent God. But will the same darkness that took Xifeng take Jade, too? Or will she find the strength within to save herself, her friends and her empire?

by Amy Rose Capetta - Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 13+, Youth Fiction

Teodora di Sangro is used to hiding her magical ability to transform enemies into music boxes and mirrors. Then she meets Cielo and everything changes as Cielo shows Teodora what her life could be like if she masters her powers. And not a moment too soon:  the ruler of Vinalia has poisoned the patriarchs of the country’s five controlling families, including Teodora’s father, and demands that each family send a son to the palace. If she wants to save her family, Teodora must travel to the capital --- as a boy. But the road to the capital, and to bridling her powers, is full of enemies and complications, including the one she least expects: falling in love.

by Hannah Moskowitz - Adventure, Coming of Age, Family, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Roaming the Mediterranean on sailboats and hunting down monsters is the only life 17-year-old Indi and his siblings have ever known. He's constantly weighing his need for freedom against his ferocious love for his siblings and the temptation of his parents' journal, which contains directions to a possible treasure. Hannah Moskowitz has reinvented yet another genre in this propulsive epic that is part seafaring yarn, part coming-of-age tale, and a totally warm-hearted story of a boy who both loves his family and wants a life of his own --- if only the fate of the world weren't on his shoulders.

by Destiny Soria - Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Young Adult 14+

For centuries, the high council in the city of Eldra has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion. Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council. Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her, and the fear that she may be inadequate. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city --- or themselves.

by Donna Hosie - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

Twins Charlie and Alex Taylor are the newest time travelers recruited to the Forty-Eight, a clandestine military group in charge of manipulating history. The brothers arrive in 1536 feeling confident, but the Tudor court is not all banquets and merriment: it is a deep well of treachery, torture, lust, intrigue and suspicion. The boys' mission to prevent Henry VIII from marrying Jane Seymour is further complicated when Alice, a fellow trainee, appears under mysterious and brutal circumstances --- and when whispers of an uprising within the Forty-Eight reach their ears. 

by Rebecca Schaeffer - Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Young Adult 14+

Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet --- her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” Until her mom brings home a live specimen and Nita decides she wants out; dissecting a scared teenage boy is a step too far. But when she decides to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold in his place --- because Nita herself isn’t exactly “human.” She has the ability to alter her biology, a talent that is priceless on the black market. Now on the other side of the bars, if she wants to escape, Nita must ask herself if she’s willing to become the worst kind of monster.

by Matt Mikalatos - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Prejudice , Racism, Young Adult 13+

Madeline Oliver has never wanted for anything, but now she would give anything just to breathe. Jason Wu skates through life on jokes, but when a tragedy leaves him guilt-stricken, he promises to tell only the truth, no matter the price. When a mysterious stranger name Hanali appears to Madeline and offers to heal her in exchange for one year of service to his people, Madeline and Jason are swept into a strange land where they don’t know the rules and where their decisions carry consequences that reach farther than they could ever guess.

by Jeff Wheeler - Coming of Age, Fantasy, Fiction

The privileged live in sky manors held aloft by a secretive magic known only as the Mysteries. Below, the earthbound poor are forced into factory work to maintain the engine of commerce. Cettie Pratt is a waif doomed to the world below, until an admiral attempts to adopt her. Sera Fitzempress is a princess born into power. She yearns to meet the orphan girl she has heard so much about, but her father deems the girl unworthy of his daughter’s curiosity. Now, as Cettie dreams of living above and as Sera is drawn to the world below, they will follow the paths of their own choosing. But both girls will be needed for the coming storm that threatens to overturn both their worlds.

by Zach Hines - Dystopian Fiction, Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

In an alternate world startlingly close to our own, humans have nine lives. As you shed lives, you shed your awkward phases: one death is equal to one physical and mental upgrade. Julian’s friends are obsessed with the idea of burning, but Julian is determined to stay on his first life for as long as he can. His mother burned too fast and inflicted a debilitating rebirth sickness on herself. But when becomes a target for Nicholas, the manipulative leader of the Burners, the school’s suicide club, he uncovers suspicious gaps in the rebirth system. Along with a group of student dissenters, Julian sets out to find answers and is soon on the verge of exposing the greatest conspiracy ever unleashed on the world.

by Emily Skrutskie - Adventure, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+

When Aisha Un-Haad's brother contracts a plague, she knows her janitor's salary isn't enough to fund his treatment. So she volunteers to become a Scela, a mechanically enhanced soldier sworn to protect the governing body of the Fleet, the collective of starships they call home. Key Tanaka awakens in a Scela body with only hazy memories of her life before. She knows she's from the privileged end of the Fleet, but she has no recollection of why she chose to give up a life of luxury to become a hulking cyborg soldier. If she can make it through the training, she might have a shot at recovering her missing past.