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Forged by Greed (The Forged Series Book 1) by [A.O. Peart]
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Editorial Reviews


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?"

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.
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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 878 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988369516
  • Publisher: Three Graces Publishing (September 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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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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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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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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Forged by Greed
By Angela Orlowski Peart

I received a copy of Forged by Greed by Angela Orlowski Peart in exchange for an honest review. I have to say I LOVED this book. Following the love story if the Summer Princess shifter and the Winter Prince shifter. Such a forbidden love but love knows no such law. Sometimes we must just follow our hearts be darn with the consequences. Angela had me from page one with the descriptions that she gave about the different realms and the area the kids lived in. Her character build up was anything short of fabulous you could help routing for each and everyone of them. Each character needed to tell a great story. The background characters helped to bring this story frontline. Through the book I had made up my mind which character I loved to hate but low and below Angela was messing with me the whole time and that character was not truly the greedy hateful character that I thought they were it was someone else. I loved that there were twist and turns around every corner it made for a fantastic book to read. I can see that Angela is going to go places with this series and I can't wait to read more from this series and possibly any other wonderful books. I highly recommend this wonderful author for a dramatic and suspenseful reading adventure.
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Teenage shape shifters getting ready to take their roles as King and Queen. Jasmira is the Summer Princess and Jatred is the Winter Prince. Not only are these two in love which is not looked kindly upon by their race or Goddess but they are unfolding the secrets of their society.

Little do they know in the beginning they have a war to face. The Goddesses are very much in power and there is a lot to be learned by all involved.

A story of high school romance, mythology and fantasy weaved into one intriguing young adult book.

I will be looking forward the the release of book two in 2013.

I received a complimentary copy of Forged By Greed in exchange for an honest review. All opinions shared are my own.

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I've never read a YA quite like this one. I love the Romeo and Juliet slant, and the love story between Jared and Jasmira worked for me and pulled me right in. The two goddesses are based on different mythological beliefs, and their rivalry throughout makes for a unique plot, especially with the two different groups of shape shifters. The wolf shape shifters worship the Winter goddess, and the leopard shape shifters worship the Summer goddess. Jared and Jasmira's relationship is not condoned. The two races mixing is highly frowned up, and it stirs up trouble. Big trouble. Thus, the tension builds as the stakes continue to mount. I'm impressed with the way the author wove so many elements together into a fascinating tale. There's so much to this story that I can only touch on some aspects in this review, but it's a good read, and I look forward to reading book 2 in the Forged series.
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