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Forged by Greed (The Forged Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

A.O. Peart
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Book Description

Young Adult paranormal/urban fantasy romantic thriller.

Jatred and Jasmira, two Seattle teenagers, are not your typical star-crossed lovers. They try to live as ordinary life as the Shape Shifter Prince and the Princess of the rivaling ancient Races--the Winter wolves and the Summer leopards--can live. But soon they learn their existence can’t be quite normal. Especially when the Races' two commanding Goddesses are involved.

One of the Goddesses is on a quest to tilt the scale of power to her side. The other will never let it happen, even if it means kicking Jatred and Jasmira's love to the curb.

The Universe's powers are trapped in an ancient Amulet to protect the stability of the world. When the powers are unleashed, the forces of nature are disturbed; earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions shake the Earth. The Shifters of both Races are summoned to fight in the name of, or against, the normalcy of the world.


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In addition to the romance and good writing, this book combines dozens of mythos, a cast of characters that makes the reader wish the two were members of one or both races, and a world ending battle that will have the reader eagerly awaiting book two! Sarah E. Bradley (InD'tale Magazine)  

This is an excellent new take on shifters that will leave you wanting more! I give this a 5 star review! Merisha Abbott  

Throughout the last few chapters I was totally in lip biting suspense... Jennifer Garrison Trevino

From the Author

~Excerpts from the book...

Jatred's eyes quickly adjusted to the darkness. He lay on his back on the ground, wincing. A broken tree branch pressed against his spine. Pain soared between his shoulder blades. He gritted his teeth and hissed a long string of profanity. The night forest was quiet, only a breeze ruffled the tree tops above him. The dark sky twinkled with millions of stars. With a heave Jatred got up and staggered. He grunted and steadied himself, his hand on a tree.

Something huge was crashing through the forest toward him. He heard Jasmira's voice calling his name, and the black leopard leaped at him, knocking him down to the ground. The air went out from his lungs, and another spasm of pain seized his back.

"What happened?" she shouted, shifting into her human form. Her long hair tumbled onto his face, covering his mouth and nose. He shook his head and coughed, gulping the air.

She rolled off of him and helped him sit up.

Jatred arched his back in pain, swearing. "The Goddess summoned me."

"I knew it. I felt it!" Jasmira shrieked. "Why?"
(...)
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The water retreated toward the ocean from under her feet, as if sucked by a gigantic invisible vacuum, foaming and bubbling. And then she felt it: an accumulated energy of something huge, approaching recklessly, unstoppable. She closed her eyes and listened, feeling the gentle breeze quickly becoming a wild wind, tugging on her hair and clothes. 

When Amber looked again, she saw a massive angry wave stretched over the horizon. Dark water rolled forward, piled up over sixty feet tall. A murmur-like hum declared danger, replacing the calming sounds of the regular waves.

Tsunami, the Goddess thought calmly. She turned her body to face the ocean, watching the wall of water bowl forward, toward the beach, toward her. White streaks of foam rolled on top of the surf, like strands of blond hair on a livid giant's head. And then the sirens began to blare out, warning the people to run for safety.

The humans saw the wave but instead of moving, most of them stood, pointing. All of the teens whipped out their cell phones and started to take pictures. Two older couples ran in the direction of the houses, the women screeching in terror. The teens followed, finally realizing the impending threat.

The roar of the tsunami became like thunder, as if enraged by a lack of response from the peacefully quiet shore. Amber lifted her arms, palms forward, her eyes on the approaching danger. She shouted a long phrase into the deafening sound of the tsunami in a language that hadn't been spoken on Earth in a few thousand years. She enunciated each word, repeating the phrase three times, her strong voice carrying over the violent wind.

The wall of water was almost upon her when she felt another powerful presence. Amber's face contorted in rage when she saw Crystal standing on the sand about a hundred yards away, her feet bare. The other Goddess's pose was identical to Amber's--her arms outstretched in front of her, palms flat, the eyes on the ocean.

Crystal's voice boomed over the storm. She kept bellowing in an ancient form of Gaelic. Her long hair wafted around her head, the color changing from dark-brown to silver and back. She turned her face toward Amber, and her lips curled in a vicious smile. The Winter Goddess's eyes had no irises. They appeared to be all black pupils. Her heavily tattooed skin gleamed silver, creating a bright halo around her. The red and black tattoos seemed to crawl over her skin, pulsing in and out of sight.

The wave slammed onto the Goddesses' open palms. It couldn't penetrate the invisible wall they created in front of them. The wall stretched for miles along the shore, the water crashing with unearthly force upon it. A loud rumble like an airplane engine enveloped them. Both Goddesses kept up their chanting, their voices lilting over the deafening noise.
(...)
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She lifted a rock off the ground and swung it forward. It went sailing through the air. Amber's invisible wall wasn't there anymore. One of the Mahrasets charged toward her and, before she got up, grabbed her ankle in a vice-like grip. Jasmira snarled and repeatedly kicked the beast with her other foot. The Mahraset grunted but didn't loosen its hold. It turned and started to drag her slowly to the battlefield.  

Jasmira yelled in frustration and tried to hack at the creature with her sword. But each time she came a couple of inches too short. Rocky ground scraped her back, and a sting of burning pain ran along her spine. The monster hauled her over sharp rocks, and she felt a fluid heat soaking her back. She gritted her teeth to keep from screaming.

"No. You're not taking me to Jatred. I will kill you first." She squirmed, pulling herself higher. 

She slashed at the Mahraset again. This time her Hoplite blade connected, cutting deeply through the green fur and red-brown skin. The monster roared in pain and let go of her ankle. Jasmira scrambled to her feet, took several hurried steps back, and then ran full speed toward the Mahraset. She jumped high and swung the blade again, stabbing the beast at the base of its neck. The Hoplite sank through the thick muscle, all the way to the bone, slicing one of the main arteries.
(...)
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Product Details

  • File Size: 554 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Three Graces Publishing (September 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009CLCDTO
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning YA novel! September 18, 2012
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I couldn't stop reading this original YA urban fantasy! The Shifters live in our society, and an important event is coming. There are intrigue and mind games, and loyalties are tested. At the center of it all is the beautiful love story between Jatred (my favorite character) and Jasmira. The author weaves life in high school with a rich fantasy world that uses mythology in a smart, unique way.

It reads like a great movie: lyrical romantic scenes, stunning settings, sharp dialogue, and amazing action scenes. The final third of the book is breathtaking! I don't remember reading anything like this. It could be a new classic.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars starcrossed shifter lovers December 19, 2012
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I bought this book from amazon
Forged by Greed by Angela Orlowski-Pearl
This is a YA paranormal romance about star-crossed lovers with a twist to it in the modern world. With all star-crossed lovers they are rivals from different houses, but in this instance from rival shifters. Jasmira is from the Summer Shifter Race and Jatred is from the Winter Shifter Race. There are many twists, betrayels, romance, intrigue, lies, deceit, loyalties, and secrets. This book is mind altering, lol, pun intended. hee hee. It was an exceptional read with a great story line and dialog. I just love Pen and Erik. They are funny. The author did a wonderful job mixing mythology with our modern day teens then twisting it with the shifter concept. I really like that. I can't wait to see what the author has concocted for the next book in the series!!!

Jasmira and Jatred are are the princess and prince of rival shifter races. The races are forbidden to have a relationship with each other especially royalty. The teens hide their love and it blossoms until the goddess of the winter race forbids Jatred from dating her. Defying Crystal's orders leads to consequences that neither are ready for. They can't figure out why one goddess is forbidding it and the other is pushing the relationship. Who is lying? What is the end game for the goddesses? What will happen to the star-crossed lovers? This is an excellent new take on shifters that will leave you wanting more!! I give this a 5 star review!!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning description December 14, 2012
By Melissa
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This book was wonderfully descriptive. As you meet the characters and get a sense of their daily lives you feel like you are there. You can see the local coffee shops and hear the espresso machine whirring. The author takes her time making you feel emotionally attached to Jatred and Jasmir, the main characters, as well as quite a few other characters. The book flows well and keeps you guessing until the end. With a little romance, a great conflict, some magic, and an epic battle the author pulls you in and doesn't release you until the last kiss. I highly recommend this book and am eagerly awaiting the next one!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great YA book. December 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given this book by the author for an honest review.
This was my first real shifters book and YA book. I did enjoy and truly give four stars. I found the story, the characters and the writing intriguing and after the half way point I didn't want to put it down.
The story involves two races of shifters, the Summer and Winter races; a romance (not quite forbidden but frowned upon); a big event to come and friendship.
The title of the book fits the story wonderfully, because in the end it all for Greed, but the teens are forged together and luckily all the friendship and bonds are there.
I do recommend this book to teens and adults. The only thing I didn't like it that, there was a lot of emphasis on the details and brands of clothing. For the YA readers that may be ok, but for older readers annoying
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I was gifted this book by the author for an honest review. This tale of shifters, goddesses, & demons is quite unique! If you enjoy a fast-paced, action-packed, paranormal, romantic thriller that is sure to have you giggling before long then this would be the book for you! ;)
The characters are full of life, questions, & mystery. I really appreciated getting to hear the different POV's as the conflicts became more intense. It helped me to re-evaluate who's side I was truly on.
I also found myself relating at times (as a parent) to the fact that much too often we don't give our kiddos enough credit. If we'd just open up, share, & listen more ... many times we'd be amazed! ;*D
Throughout the last few chapters I was totally in lip biting suspense ... all the way to the end!! Now I must impatiently wait for the sequel! =)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique read! December 18, 2012
By Coleen
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Forged by Greed is a unique YA read. Shape shifters, a mythological tale and romance--it's a great beginning to a brand new series!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great new world January 3, 2013
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Ebook: Forged by Greed

Author: Angela Orlowski-Peart

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Summary: Young Adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy novel.
Their choice had been taken away long before they were born.
Two Seattle 16-year-old Shape Shifters, Jatred and Jasmira, are torn between following their hearts and protecting the order of the world. The path of the star-crossed lovers leads only to destruction.
The ancient Shape Shifter Races--the Winter wolves and the Summer leopards-- live among humans and fit perfectly into modern life, while keeping secret societies with their own laws and traditions.
Two Goddesses, Crystal and Amber command their respective Races. One is on a quest to tilt the scale of power to her side. The other will never let it happen, even if it means sacrificing Jatred and Jasmira's love.
The Amulet commissioned to bring stability into the world remains hidden and concealed with the help of advanced technology. Jatred is the guardian of the Amulet and key to the Goddesses' conflict.
When the forces of nature are disrupted, earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions rake the world. The Goddesses go to war and summon all their Shifters to join in the conflict. Jatred and Jasmira must fight not only for their love but to protect the future of both Races and humankind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book :)
I received this book for an honest review. This is a young adult paranormal/urban fantasy romantic thriller and a great fantasy novel. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kelly Powell
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic YA Urban Fantasy
This is a wonderfully written YA urban fantasy dealing with shape shifters and Goddess. The two main characters Jatred and Jasmira are two teen in love ,but they are also shape... Read more
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Jatred, the Winter Prince and wolf shifter is in love with Jasmira, the Summer Princess and leopard shifter. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars not my genre
I bought this book because it was a fantasy on sale for 99 cents.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Really Good Read
This YA book is truly sci-fi and fantasy combined, but is an entertaining and fun read. After seeing the reviews, I just had to read the book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Compute
1.0 out of 5 stars “Romance is in bloom, but greed takes over.”-Lite-Rate-Ture Reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
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A.O. Peart is a Seattle author who writes in several genres including romantic comedy, romantic suspense, paranormal, and urban fantasy.

Resist Me has been listed as #1 in several Amazon categories and on bestseller lists, including the Movers & Shakers.
Books in her NA contemporary romantic comedy series Almost Bad Boys were nominated by the Indie Romance Convention 2014 for four different categories, including The Best Indie Upcoming Series, while Angela was nominated as Best Indie Author of the Year 2014 http://indieromancecon.com/nominations/.
Almost Matched was voted as #36 among "The 50 Best Self-Published Books Worth Reading 2014" http://www.indieauthorland.com/50-self-published-books-worth-reading-201314-40-31/

Angela lives in the Seattle area with her family and a chronically curious cat Cinnamon who behaves like a dog. 
You can often spot her in one of the countless Seattle Starbucks locations, feverishly typing on her computer and sipping coffee with cream--or rather, cream with some coffee in it. Don't be surprised when a paperback you ordered from her arrives "decorated" with coffee and chocolate stains.


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