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Arkadia

(Halfway House #1)

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I am Arkadia Castner. I am beautiful. I am popular. I am also the most messed-up witch you will ever meet. I can’t make water boil, or make the wind blow; I can’t even light a match without the aid of a flint. My 18th birthday is in six months, and if I don’t pass the Paranormal Safety Exams (PSEs) by then, I will be banished to the Isle of Shadows for eternity, never to b ...more
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Published October 29th 2014 (first published October 27th 2014)
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Tracy Ehlers
Arkadia, Halfway House Series #1 ...what can I say other than WOW!!
Loved, Loved, Loved it...

A Huge fan of PNR this book did not disappoint.

A fast paced and well developed story that was captivating and hard to put down. A Magical world created by Ms Sullivan, that included wonderful characters, plenty of Paranormal creatures, magic, humour and a little romance.. An awesome start to a Fantastic new series..

Arkadia a Witch, soon to be 18 and worried about passing her
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Liz Lovelock
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOODNESS!!

I freakin loved this book! I read it in just one afternoon (thankfully my hubby kept the kids entertained). I haven’t read a good paranormal romance in a while and Arkadia took me right from the start and held me right through to the end and then left me wanting more. You know how when you read a book and you love it so much that when you finish it you don’t know what to read next as you still feel like your living in that last book you read? Well that was Arkadia for
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Nadene
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-be-read
Love Love Love Arkadia the book the person the whole lot.... First go out for Dzintra Sullivan and it is fantastic....

We meet Arkadia as a smart mouthed self absorbed teen who happens to be a witch with spell issues... For her life to continue she must pass her PSE's (paranormal safety exams) to be allowed to blend in with the rest of the human population.. This will not happen if she doesn't get control of herself and her wayward spells. Welcome Eloise Mayflower the telepathic empat
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Kaylene Osborn
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well, well, well, what a gorgeous book. I absolutely recommend this one ….

This is the first book in the Halfway House series by Dzintra Sullivan.

We start out meeting Arkadia, a pretty young girl who really seems to have no idea about how her witchcraft is supposed to work. She messes up spells and is in dire need of some maternal direction. In steps Eloise, a gorgeous den mother of the halfway house where Arkadia finds herself. Eloise is lovely and being a telephath she is able to see into Ark
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Sue
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
what a great debut book. a storyline that draws you in from the start with an interesting mix of characters.

Arkadia is a witch who has yet to gain control of her powers and has one last chance to pass her paranormal safety exam (PSE) without it she will be banished to the island of shadows.
Bohdan is the hot sexy Dragon shifter that enters Arcadia's life along with Eloise her new den mother, their support is essential to her surviving the threats against her.

This sto
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Cassie Brooker
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Since I work 3 jobs it took me a little longer to read the entire book.

I FREAKIN LOVED IT!!!!!!!

I couldn't put it down and didn't want too either! Bold an sounds super HOT!

I love that you have paranormal people tired into real life and just trying to be normal but with powers.

I love Eloise and she makes a wonderful mother figure for Arkadia.

What surprised me the most was Violets family history! It's crazy how her family is also paras but I didn't expect it!!
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Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014, arc
I couldn't help but love this book! At first I thought Arkadia was a little bratty then I remembered what I was like at 17...

For a debut book I was impressed. The story flowed well, the character were likable for a paranormal book I loved the idea of dragon shifters. Never read a shifter book with one of them before.

Arkadia is painstakingly trying to get her witch talent to work and pass her PSE or face being banished to the Island. The story finds her falling in love, te
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Clara Harding
I genuinely haven't totally been enthralled by a Young Adult Novel like this since reading Sarra Cannon's Peachville High Demons Series. Simply Arkadia by Dzintra Sullivan ROCKS!!! You will be totally infatuated by the end of Chapter One and hooked instantly by this intense and loveable story about a young witch who is having problems connecting to her magic fully who lives in a "home" with other troubled Paras who have issues such as the Raven the Vampire who hates the sight of blood!!

Arkadia is a
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Solmarie
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was on the fence about buying this book after reading several of the reviews. I have to agree with everyone else that the first few chapters did not inspire confidence in me actually liking it. However, once Bohdan came into the picture and Arkadia decided to let Eloise more fully into her life it actually became more interesting.

Let's start with Arkadia Castner. Arcadia is self-absorbed, believing herself to be the most popular and beautiful girl in her school. She also happens to
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K.E. Osborn
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 freaking fangtastic stars - If I could give it more I would!!!!

I haven't read a paranormal book other than The Twilight Saga so I was unsure of how I would like this book. Let me just say I didn't like it, I FREAKING LOVED ARKADIA!!!! It was so well written that I was completely lost in this fantasy world of witches, vampires, werewolves and a sexy as hell dragon shifter, just to name a few.

I honestly couldn't put this book down. The chemistry between Arkadia and Bohdan was hot, l
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Renee at Book Happiness
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Chantel
This is the first book I have read by Dzintra Sullivan and I really enjoyed this book. I am a huge

paranormal fan and was excited to read Arkadia. It has a well-written storyline and characters that will

have you hooked from the beginning. I read this book in a few hours and could not put it down.

This book takes you on an amazing adventure with a witch named Arkadia Castner and a dragon shifter

named Bohdan Drak. The chemistry between these two characte
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Francessca
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Zoe Sands
Jan 14, 2015 rated it liked it
The story was an enjoyable easy read and had likeable fun characters. However, the story plot needed development. It felt sometimes like the writer had put very little thought into what would happen next and just wrote the best things she cld think of, making it seem one dimensional & everything 'too convenient'. One thing that REALLY bugged me was the fact that except for the MC's guardian no other parents were involved at all, or even seemed to notice that their children were up to no good ...more
T.P. Hogan
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I was so excited to get this book. I'd been hearing so much about it. I must admit that at first I couldn't get into Arkadia as a character. She was all 'me, me, me', and it was a struggle to connect with her. Then Bohdan hits the scene, and Arkadia begins to change. She becomes more secure in who she is, and less dependent on the 'populist' vote. (Not that she has much of a choice) By the end of the book, I liked her.
Bohdan, well what can I say about Bohdan? He's a little old fashioned, and sl
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Robyn Corcoran
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say I've had this book for awhile and am kicking myself for not having read it before!
I loved everything single thing about this story.
The fun humour that is woven throughout the book is fantastic and you can't help but laugh out loud!
Although there is definitely a lighter side there is a darker one too that created a mystery and thriller all in one! It balances the book so well.
I've never been a huge fan of paranormal books until I started reading some Aussie a
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Richard Sullivan
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Arkadia had me from the start, even though I am not a fan of the genre from the depth of the characters to the emotional attachment between Arkadia and Bohdan this book takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride full of intrigue, laughter, tears and suspense.A one night read for those in love with paranormal romance.exceptional first novel in a series which I am positive everyone will love.Easily a 5☆ read. Captivating from start to finish.
Kylie
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with a Dragon shifter called Bohdan. I loved this book. I started reading on the friday and finished it on sunday morning. This was a nice read and the story flowed well. I loved the sassieness Arkadia showed whilst getting a glimpse of her fragility. I can't wait for Raven to come out.
A. McCarty
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I had my doubts about reading this one at first, but once I got started I was pulled in and never once wanted to put it down. If I did put it down I would have this urge to pick it back up. I loved every single minute of it. I must say I want more! I recommend reading this book.

Imaginative Dreams was given a copy for an honest review.
S.K. Fordham
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful fantasy romance. Shifters, witches, magic and a little suspense thrown in. This book is for young adults and adults alike, if you enjoy a paranormal read I recommend you pick this up.
Heather Roach buckels
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was a very good read. I give it 4.5 stars!!!! I really enjoyed it and read it quickly couldn't put it down and can't wait to see what happens next in the series!!!!
Teresa
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Arkadia
Author: Dzintra Sullivan
Publisher: Create Space Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 978-1503084988
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/150...
Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel
Blurb:
Halfway House 1
I am Arkadia Castner. I am beautiful. I am popular. I am also the most messed-up witch you will ever meet. I can’t make water boil, or make the wind blow; I can’t even light a match without the aid of a flint. My 18th birthday is in six months, and if I don’t pass the Paranormal Sa
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Karla Hetherington
I actually intended to read each book separately and review each one as i went. That so didn't happen!
As soon as i finished Arkadia i started Raven and so on. Dzintra has written a whole world that is fully fleshed out and deep and as you read through this series you feel like you are part of the family experiencing all other their triumphs and and down falls, their love and their loss the Halfway House series is so indepth and flows so smoothly that you can actually see everything and he
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Kim Bishop
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
**Book provided by the author for an honest review**

The life of Arkadia Castner had a very sad beginning that flourished into a happily ever after at the end of her story. Arkadia had lost both her parents at a young age, and as a witch was placed in a halfway house for young paranormal foster kids. Arkadia was seventeen, had already taken the "magical exams" which they called the PSE's twice, and failed. She had one more chance to take and pass it before her eighteenth birthday! Ark
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 Aschlie Brake - The Piggy has Flown Books
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am a big fan of all kinds of paranormal, and I just love Dzintra's stories! They are not the typical cookie cutter paranormal stories. Each character is unique, whether you like them is up to you. I have always been the fan for 'the not understood' or 'under-dogs', because there is always so much depth to those persons, that you have to root for them always.

In this story we meet Arkadia Castner, a witch, that has not
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Jacky
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I took a while to get into this book but I am glad that I kept reading, I really enjoyed how the story developed getting to know the characters and the world they live in better made this an enjoyable read.

There is no sexual explicit scenes in this book more just implied. So it is definitely a story I would recommend to an older teenager who was into Paranormal romance stories.

Story:
I am Arkadia Castner. I am beautiful. I am popular. I am also the most messed-up witch you will ever meet.
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Kristen Gough
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great love story about a sexy dragon shifter and a teenage witch who is coming into her powers. Arkadia is the popular girl in school and the one that everyone turns to for fashion tips and she feels on top of the world. The only problem is that she's a powerful witch who's having a lot of trouble controlling her powers and she's got a limited amount of time to prove she can do so or she'll be banished to an island for those who cannot be controlled. She's stressing about over this big ...more
Tina Tharpe
Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Picture going through puberty while having to learn magic. That is basically what Arkadia is doing in this novel. She is a teenager obsessed with shoes, clothes, hanging out with her friends, and just so happens to be a witch. Her biggest issue is passing her PSA exam-if she fails, she will be banished to an island forever.

After losing her mother, Arkadia ends up in a half way house for supernatural kids. She shares the house with a vampire and twin werewolves. The house mother Eloi
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Magic Within the Pages
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reviewer : Kaylene
Rating : 5 Stars

Well, well, well, what a gorgeous book. I absolutely recommend this one ….

This is the first book in the Halfway House series by Dzintra Sullivan.
We start out meeting Arkadia, a pretty young girl who really seems to have no idea about how her witchcraft is supposed to work. She messes up spells and is in dire need of some maternal direction. In steps Eloise, a gorgeous den mother of the halfway house where Arkadia finds herself
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Karen Voitik
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
>Book Review – Arkadia

>I am an independent reviewer. This young adult book is the first in the Halfway House series and ends in an HEA. Arkadia is a fledgling witch staying at a group home for para normal creatures who need guidance with their abilities. For the most part Arkadia is a normal shallow high school girl, but rumors and a murder will show Arkadia what is truly important and who her real friends are.

>The new hot hockey player, Bohdan, is really a dragon shifter
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Fleur
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
This was a little bit of a slow burn book to begin with, however it sets things up really well for when things get going.

Arkadia lives in a half way house with other troubled teens, however they aren't normal troubled teens they are paranormal teens. Arkadia is a witch who has one last change to pass her pass the Paranormal Safety Exams (PSEs) or be banished and time is running out and alas she still can't do even a simple spell. Just when Arkadia thought she had enough to deal with,
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Dzintra is an Australian author, living on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, where the weather is always warm and sunny.
It has always been a dream of hers to write a book. A little bit of self belief and a lot of pushing from friends, she found the perfect genre mashup and never looked back.
Dzintra writes a mashup between romantic comedies and paranormal. Light on the para, but heavy
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