Today I'm delighted to spotlight Amanda Ashby's wonderful YA romances. Amanda and I have been friends and CPs for ten years now, and I am not in the least bit biased when it comes to her books :-)
Here's the low down on Amanda taken straight from her website, so you know it's true.
"I write Young Adult and Middle Grade books about very serious matters that have absolutely nothing to do with Skittles, badly behaved djinns and demon knights that will make you go weak at the knees. I also have a great fondness for housework and can never be found watching television."
An ancient myth + a mean girl + a reluctant warrior = a lively take on good vs. evil
The Black Rose–a powerful ancient force–has been let loose and has taken up residence in Celeste Gibson, popular girl at Cassidy Carter-Lewis’ high school. Thomas Delacroix is the spirit of a fourteenth-century knight who is devoted to protecting the Black Rose, but he needs a contemporary living being to take on the challenge. That’s where Cassidy comes in.
She’s a quirky high school junior who just wants to dress in her vintage clothes, hang out with her best friend, and take care of her father, who is recovering from surgery. She’s the last person who would ever volunteer for such a task, but no one actually asked her. Now, like it or not, she finds herself training before dawn and battling demons at parties, the mall, and even at school. But hey, no one ever said high school was going to be easy.
"With her usual wit and humor, Ashby (Fairy Bad Day, 2011) takes on the question of how to make the right decision... The message never overwhelms the fun in this frothy paranormal romp.” Kirkus Reviews
It's going to be a Fairy Bad Day...
First, my rightful designation of dragon slayer is STOLEN right out from under me by Curtis Green. Sure, he’s really cute, but that doesn’t give him an excuse. On top of that, I am assigned to slay fairies. I know what you’re thinking—how hard could it be, right?
Wrong! These menacing beasts with their tiny hipster clothes and mocking sarcasm love taunting me. And they won’t STOP! But the thing that tops my list of stuff to ruin my day? That would be the GIANT KILLER FAIRY that I have to hunt down and slay because I am the only one who can see it. There is someone who can help me. Unfortunately…it’s Curtis.
"Teens with a taste for the paranormal school story and a tolerance for raucous humor will be involved with and amused by this romantic fantasy." Kirkus Reviews