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The Day of First Sun (Annie Loves Cham #1)

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Paperback, 308 pages
Published 2011
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Melissa Storm
Why choose between wizards and vampires when The Day of First Sun offers both for your reading pleasure. Sheryl Steines’s debut novel is a compelling blend of the kick-butt-and-take-names-later Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the smash hit, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. When newbie Wizard Guard detectives Annie and Cham are called in by the FBI to investigate the murder of Princess Amelie of Amborix, they had no idea what a dangerous investigation lies ahead of them. Magic and non-magic people al ...more
Vidya-BooksAreMagic
Mar 23, 2012 Vidya-BooksAreMagic rated it really liked it
Perfect blende of fantasy and romance. If you are a lover of fantasy novels, you will get everything here - wizards, vampires, curses, brooms, ... you name it!

STAR 1:
The plot! Amazing and well thought-out plot. Annie and Cham are friends for a very very long time like started their school together, same college and then got to the same job - in the Wizard Guard, yeah, you read that right. Wizard Guard is like FBI for the magical world. When a non-magical princess is murdered by magical means, An
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Kevin Carey-Infante
Mar 23, 2012 Kevin Carey-Infante rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY!!!
Recommended to Kevin by: Melissa Storm
The Day of First Sun by Sheryl Steines is a beautifully written and wonderfully crafted love story between the independent Annie Pearce and pretty boy Billy Cham Chamsky, rising stars in the Wizard Guard, the police force of the magical world. The Wizard Council (the government body for the magical world in America) has partnered Annie and Cham, who have been friends since childhood, to fight crime in the magical world. However, when a mortal Princess is murdered possibly by magical means, they ...more
Megs
Mar 22, 2012 Megs rated it liked it
Shelves: review, blog-tour, magic
This books reminded me vaguely of Harry Potter; magical beings living among us in their own communities, while us normal folk don't notice a thing. The headquarters of the Wizards Guard, where Annie and Cham work, reminded me of the Ministry of Magic, a big, official magic hub.

The Day of First Sun was fast paced and had a whole ton of magic. Magic is definitely a huge part of Annie and Cham's lives. They use it for everything from teleporting to healing to summoning their clothes when they wake
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Mandy Baggot
Jul 15, 2012 Mandy Baggot rated it really liked it
I followed Sheryl on Twitter and I became a landmark follower so 'won' a copy of her novel The Day of First Sun. Now, I usually read what I write - contemporary romance - but just lately I have been finding great novels completely outside my usual genre. This is one of those.

The Day of First Sun tells the story of Annie Pearce who is a 'magical' and works to protect (a bit like law enforcement) order in the world. I loved the whole way the real and magical people lived alongside one another and
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Jenelle
Mar 26, 2012 Jenelle rated it really liked it
View the original review in my blog: The Midnight Book Thief

Deadly Situations
Okay, if you write a novel that involves mystery and action, a deadly situation is a MUST in my book. And I am glad to say that Day of the First Sun doesn't just have one, but multiple scenes like this. These are what keeps the story going amd keep readers hanging on their seats, and I am glad that this story delivered this.
Amazing Ending
Oh, skipping straight to the end, are we? ;) Well, I have to say, the ending gave
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Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic)
I was quite excited to read The Day of First Sun, the blurb let on that it was going to be a fun, magical read, however the blurb was quite wrong. I did not find this book fun to read at all and I struggled through the whole book, hoping that it would get better, alas it didn't. A lot of people have really enjoyed this so don't let this review stop you from reading it!

The beginning of this book had promise, the characters were cute and it flowed at an easy pace, sadly that only lasted a couple o
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Nai
Apr 14, 2012 Nai rated it really liked it
Recommended to Nai by: Emlyn Chand, Sheryl Steines, Novel Publicly
Finally, after a whirlwind week of tours, here is my own review of Sheryl Steines book The Day of First Sun

First a warning that there are bound to be cheesy double entendres, references and jokes all relating to vampires. If you feel the urge to groan, I don't blame you - I groaned myself a few times.

To begin with, I have to say the cover of this book is just wonderful. I'd love to know who did the art, the colour is just gorgeous, and the knife down the center, also a wonderful touch.

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Roxanne Kade
Mar 26, 2012 Roxanne Kade rated it it was amazing
The myth told on a time in which the sun did not come out and the beasts continued to enter and freely roam our planet. Several more centuries later, a brave witch fought a second battle on the sacred land and won, closing the portal forever. The battle was said to have happened on September 1, which was soon named the Day of First Sun, as once the threshold was closed, the sun came out again. It had been too late. The Earth was now overrun with supernatural evil."

Murder, mystery, magic and mayh
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Miriam
Mar 19, 2012 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves fantasy novels with witches and wizards.
MY RATING: [3.5 / 5] STARS

The first thing I really love about this book, is the beginning: We get to know both the main characters, Annie and Cham, as they get to know each other when they're nine years old. But already as they are so young, you can see their characters very clearly and you get discover why, years later, they are the best of friends you can ever imagine: Both of them are free spirits, they do not only enjoy adventures, but are also looking for them. They do not hesitate to tell
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Marie Kuhlman
Mar 23, 2012 Marie Kuhlman rated it really liked it
The Cover
The cover of Sheryl Steines "The Day of First Sun" is simple enough, almost too simple. While the eyes are haunting, the athame hints at magic and the shading suggest intrigue - it does nothing more than betray the story within. Now before you jump down my throat, I mean nothing negative by this...exactly. I like the cover well enough, but nothing JUMPS out at me - I'm sad to say that if I saw this cover in the local bookstore it wouldn't motivate me to stop and pick up the book. Which,
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Leah (White Sky Project)
May 19, 2016 Leah (White Sky Project) rated it liked it
Shelves: reviews
Remember the world of Harry Potter? You know, the world of magic, wizards, muggles, wizard government, flying broomsticks, good and evil? Of course you do!

If you miss 'ole Harry's world and have already read your HP books to pieces, here's an easy alternative, The Day of First Sun. It has all those fun things, too. This book feels like it was set in Harry Potter's world, only it isn't about Harry or any of his friends or any of the other characters we know. Obviously it's about other people, wiz
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Angela
Jun 14, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it
Annie and Cham are best friends, have been from little on up, they are also coworkers, confidants to each other, and slowly becoming lovers. They work for the Wizard Guards, a kind of FBI agency for the magical world. They are called in on a murder of a non-magical princess because it is looking to the FBI agent that there is more to the scene than he can see himself. Times like that are when he calls in Annie and Cham. It is up to them to find out who murdered this princess and why she was murd ...more
KyBunnies
Day of First Sun is the first book by Sheryl. While I will admit, it is more of a YA book than something is for an adult that did not keep me from enjoying the book. Please remember that the following review is my opinion of the book read. To form your own opinions please support the author and acquire your own legal copy of the book.

Description:
When Princess Amelie of Amborix is murdered by magical means, the FBI calls in Annie Pearce and Bobby “Cham” Chamsky of the Wizard’s Guard. Their job
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C.p. Bialois
Apr 08, 2012 C.p. Bialois rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, I got this book because my wife raved about it and talked me into it. There, now that the blame game is finished we can get started (Love you dearJ). I’ve always been a fan of the supernatural with some of my favorite stories being the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Dracula as well as a love for books, shows, and movies about them and witchcraft (ie Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Forever Knight, Charmed, Harry Potter). With that being said the thing that struck me most about The Day of ...more
Phaedra Seabolt
Aug 23, 2012 Phaedra Seabolt rated it really liked it
Wizards, Vampires, and Fairies, OH MY! This book has a little of everything you like to read about in the paranormal genre. The main characters, Annie and Cham, are both wizards working in the Wizard Guard. Their job is to keep all the paranormal creatures under control and keep their world a secret from normal humans. In this setting, the realm of magic is hidden, mostly due to the Salem Witch trials from US History. This was not always the case, but before those days it was much easier to hide ...more
Sangita
Sep 14, 2012 Sangita rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5

*Given a copy in exchange for a honest review.

The Day of First Sun was a quick and easy read. When Princess Amelie and Jordan (her boyfriend) steal an orb they don't know that it could turn theirs and everyone else's world upside down. But, it's too late. When the FBI find Princess Amelie's lifeless body Annie Pierce and her partner, Bobby “Cham” Chamsky, are called in. Annie and Cham are Wizard's Guard. Princess Amelie of Amborix is murdered but with magic. When the murder rests on J
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Sylvia
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Becky
Apr 17, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I agreed to read this because it sounds just like my sort of book, magic, mystery, adventure thrown together with vampires, wizards and the FBI. what's not to like?
Annie and Cham have been friends since they were 9, and now work together for the Wizard Guard, they live dangerously, tracking and hunting vampires, stopping rogue wizards and stopping black magic. But things get much more risky when Princess Amelie is murdered by magic
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Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
What I really liked about this book was all the different paranormal factions represented, we have: witches, vampires and fairies, which make for a fun and exciting story.
Annie and Cham childhood friends have grown up doing everything together including partnering up at work, but theirs isn't any workplace they work at the Wizard Council, a magical police force which deals with the paranormal, and they and all working there are wizard's.
Annie and Cham are both brought in on a case when it's foun
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Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
The Day of The First Sun = FBI Harry Potter. I don't know what else i can call it. Imagine something like the after years of Harry Potter (since it has magic) and that you follow the wizard FBI (murders, investigations, connecting clues,autopsies). Plus put in some vampires (bad ones!!) to make it more dark. And tadah! Here is a quite interesting and clever book. The story alone is captivating, and even though you know the answers for most of the things happening, it still has something that kee ...more
2bullets5zombies
Mar 25, 2012 2bullets5zombies rated it really liked it
Read this review on my blog: Two Bullets, Five Zombies http://t.co/C3Srefqr


A list as a review, because I’m loving lists today.

What’s going on?
Annie Pearce and Cham Chamsky work for the Wizard Guard; the magical world’s police force. Annie and Cham are assigned to the investigation of a magical murder of a non-magical princess, in cooperation with the FBI. The murder investigation and the assignment of tracking a powerful vampire get tangled up in a messy situation, all while the two best friend
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Zoe
Dec 30, 2012 Zoe rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I'll jump straight to my point - I abandoned this book at 7%. I know I should have given this book a chance and read on until at least half way through, but I just couldn't do it. The endless description was so boring and I knew from the start that I wouldn't enjoy this book. And what's the point in carrying on if I won't enjoy it?

You may agree with me that the synopsis sounds amazing. I accepted this for review straight away because of the excellent premise - and from what I read, the story is
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Emily L. Moir-Genther
I should say that I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review. As I writer,I keep my reviews honest.

If there's a way to do 3 1/2 stars I'd like to know. This book deserves more than three stars, but I've read so much that's been on the extreme end of amazing I don't want to give four and five star reviews arbitrarily.I think my opinion losses weight if I over like everything. The whole point is this really is a good book.

I had a lot of fun with the character's interactions. T
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Pam
A princess is killed and it is up to Anne and Cham to find out who did it. They work as a wizard guard protecting people from all kinds of paranormal beings. A vampire and her missing boyfriend a wizard are among their suspects. They find them together and lock them both up. They soon discover they aren't just looking for a killer but someone who wants to take down the Wizard Council on The Day of The First Sun.

This is a great book. You get to know the characters and the background of the sto
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Becky
Sep 21, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
I really ended up liking this book. I have never been one who was extremely into the magic genre of novels, but this was really well done. There is honestly something for everyone in The Day of First Sun, because it was so well rounded with tons of different genre's packed in. There is romance, action, crime fighting, paranormal, fantasy, and mystery elements all weaved together. The beginning was a little slow to me, but only for a few pages. I would say about 15% of the way in tops is when it ...more
Charlotte Babb
Sep 10, 2012 Charlotte Babb rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Sheryl Steines' wizard world shows grown-ups using magic as often as mundanes use smart phones. The magic is logical, well-thought-out and can be both difficult and dangerous.

The romance between the main characters never gets maudlin or graphic, and it carries the exact kinds of conflicts that you'd expect from real people. The murder mystery and the greater issues that it leads to keep the reader's interest. Steines has done a great job of mixing fantasy elements into a contemporary urban sett
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Dorine White
Sep 11, 2012 Dorine White rated it really liked it
My thoughts: So fun and entertaining. Annie is a kick butt character filled with bravery and spunk. Cham is a great male counterpart, and together they make a great team. Their budding romance is simple, yet deep. The two were just meant to be.

I enjoyed the many different kind of magical creatures and found zombies a great addition to give the book some spark.Fans of magic will enjoy this book. It is perfect for action seekers too.

And the cover, love it. Very intriguing. I didn't know what the t
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Jackie Jones
Dec 07, 2013 Jackie Jones rated it liked it
I liked a good deal of the concepts found in this book. Things like the wizard guard and the way the supernatural prison is set up really caught my attention.

At times I felt that the chemistry between the two main characters was a bit awkward, but it didn't deter me from wanting to see the two of them work it out and get together. The only other thing I'd add was that at times the reader has to adjust very quickly to the changing POVs, which could be confusing if you aren't paying attention.

I w
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Melissa
Jul 30, 2013 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-kindle
This story was OK, but I thought it was to underdeveloped to be good or great. You really got a really familiar sounding world with out much character building, a disjointed story line and weak bad guys.

I did start reading this story in a hospital waiting room and maybe that accounts for some of why this story didn't grab me but I read most of it at home and never felt pulled into the story like I thought I could have been with a little bit more from the author.


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Sheryl Steines is equal parts driven, passionate and inspired. With a degree in English from Wright State University, Steines dedicates time everyday to her art. Her love of books and a quality story drives her to share her talent with her readers as well as make the time to talk to book clubs and students about her process.

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