If you haven't yet heard of Brandon Ax, you're missing out on a great storyteller. I recently read his first book of The Light Bringer Saga, ELEMENTAL, and am so glad I did. The pace is quick, the characters are interesting, it's not filled with foul language, and the plot is a good one. Here's the synopsis from his website:
Sophia's mother disappeared when she was six, leaving behind a broken father and sleep disturbed by silent terrors. Now twelve years later, the nightmares that plagued her youth have suddenly returned.
With dark creatures occupying her nights and a sense of restlessness consuming her days, all she wants is to finish school and get out of her small town as fast as possible. Everything changes when she is confronted with the realization that the shadowy beings from her dreams are real. The truth of this reality hits hard when someone she loves is killed. It would seem that anyone in their way is disposable.
A mysterious boy named Aiden enters her life bringing with him all sorts of complications. They're drawn to each other, but their connection brings Aiden right into the path of her half-demon nightmares. With her father and several new friends put in the cross-hairs, Sophia must decide whether to let the shadows take her or stand her ground and fight. As the school year steadily moves closer to an end her decision may come with the cost of her life or worse—the lives of those she cares about.
Hopefully, that entices you to read not only the first book, but the newly-released second book in the series, ASHES. (I've not yet read that one, but will review it when I do.) The cool thing about the release of the second book is that Mr. Ax is giving away some beautiful jewelry and other prizes to celebrate. Don't be late, though: today is the last day. You can get up to fifteen entries by tweeting, blogging, reviewing, and more.
Even if you miss the giveaway, check out this YA Urban Fantasy series. A talented storyteller with something unique to say: that's Brandon Ax.