Book two Marked by Pain in the Marked Series by Gemma Bailey and Cece Rose. This book starts about where book 1 left off. Kenzie has been taken hostage by her father and her brother to a secret location. She is being forced to consider using her 12th mark for the rebels gain. Kenzie doesn’t believe in the rebels cause and is doing everything that she can to resist. While captured, Kenzie learns that she was betrayed by one of the men that she was coming to have feelings for. The betrayal by not only her brother but one of her guys starts to have an impact on Kenzie. She starts to pretend to go along since she keeps looking for a way to escape. It seems that everyone around her knows what the 12th power can do, but have been keeping it from Kenzie. Who would betray her? Can the rest of her guys come to the rescue and save not only her, but can her brother be saved also?
Love the Sea book 2 in the Pirates series by G. Bailey is a wonderful addition to Cassandra’s story. Cass has been taken by the king’s soldiers. She and Livvy along with her dragon egg are on their way to court where she doesn’t know if she will live or die. While on the ship her dragon begins to hatch and Cass fears for the dragons life. Cass has Livvy throw her white dragon into the sea to keep her away from the evil king. Livvy is taken away and Cass is taken to the dungeon. There she finds her best friend, father, and best friends mom from her home island. She learns that she is to be entered into a game of a sort that the king watches for entertainment, where Cass has to survive and hope the rest of her family can too. She learns the secret that the twins held to closely and why they were on their ship and the history of the chosen ones. Her pirates have come for Cass, but they have a secret that they never told and Ryland has Cass’ mark on his head. Each of the guys has come to help rescue Cass and bring her back with them away from the king. But can Cass survive the trials that the king puts her through and can her pirates save her?
Another great read by G. Bailey. Run Little Wolf is the first in the Forest Pack Series. Harper goes to celebrate not only her last day of school but also her 18th birthday. Her best friend Colton is unable to go so she attends the party alone. While speaking to her foster mother, Harper wanders away from the party where she is attacked by a wolf. Harper is rescued and taken away by a brother and sister to the Forest Pack lands. Harper has been turned into a wolf. While she is saved by the wolves, Colton has realized that Harper has gone missing. Colton had planned to reveal to Harper that he and his family were vampires, for her birthday since he had been in love with her and knew that she was his mate. When Harper arrives at the Forest Pack she is introduced to the pack Alpha Nikoli. Nick takes one look at Harper and knows that she is his mate. Harper is still clueless about Colton but still is worried about him. Colton comes for Harper and tries to save her. Issues arise between the Forest Pack and a wild hog pack that try to find an excuse to invade pack lands. Could war becoming to the Forest Pack? How is Harper going to work through having two mates, one wolf and one vampire.
Escape the Sea the newest series by G. Bailey is a fun read. I love pirates (wrote my thesis on the Barbary Pirates so I have gotten to study a type of pirate, just not the typical one that everyone thinks about, no Johnny Depps here) and loved the spin that Gemma gave them. This doesn’t take place in the modern earth world, but on its own world. The story revolves around the Seven Seas and the Seven Islands. The world use to be two continents but was split when a king began to kill the chosen ones. Chosen Ones are said to be marked by the Sea God on their foreheads and with this mark they are granted powers. But over 30 years has passed and the world has broken into seven different islands separating them by seven deadly seas. Cassandra is a chosen one marked with the symbol of an upside down triangle on her forehead. She has been in hiding her whole life as the king expects all chosen ones to die in infancy. Cassandra’s father has kept her alive and hidden since her mother died in childbirth. She has only know three people her entire life, her father, her best friend Everly and her teacher Miss Drone, Everly’s mother.
From the joint minds of Cece Rose and G. Bailey, Marked by Power is the first in the Marked Series. Main character MacKenzie Crowe is preparing with her best friend Kelly and others her age to begin attending the Marked Academy, a special school for those marked by anywhere from 1 to 12 special skills. The average students marked have between 3 to 7, with extremely powerful students having 10. In the marking ceremony, Kenzie goes into the water and comes out with 12 marks the most anyone can have. Not that anyone has ever had that many before. While her best friend enters the school with only 2. Each mark is attributed with a different skill from controlling different elements (water, fire, earth, air), to being able to shift into an animal, to the unknown that is her 12th mark. With her skills so erratic Kenzie is given older students that are forced to sit in classes with her after a little accident on her first day in her fire class. (Okay will not so little).