12 October 2012

Blog Tour: Rua by Miranda Kavi

Title: Rua
Author: Miranda Kavi
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A girl with an unknown destiny.

A boy from a hidden world.

When Celeste starts at a new school in a small, Kansas town, she hears whispering voices, has vivid nightmares, and swarms of blackbirds follow her every move. She is oddly drawn to aloof Rylan, the other new student who has his own secrets.

The exact moment she turns seventeen, she wakes to a bedroom full of strange creatures, purple light emanating from her hands, and Rylan breaking in through her bedroom window.

He knows what she is . . .

So, the synopsis that I read before reading this story was pretty vague and didn't give me a very clear idea of where this story was going to go. Because of that, I was a little bit concerned with what to expect. But, I REALLY shouldn't have been worried in the least.

First of all, I don't like to do spoilers and Ms. Kavi has obviously wanted to keep the main plotline a little bit mysterious so I'll try to keep my review as such.

There was an immediate understanding in my brain, as soon as I started reading Rua that this book was going to suck me in and keep my attention. The three stand-out characters in this book; Celeste, Rylan, and Tink are all pretty amazing in different ways and, therefore, were enough to keep me reading all on their own.

Let's start with Tink.

Tink is the first friend that Celeste makes at her new school. He's friendly, handsome, funny, charismatic, and gay. Right off the bat the relationship between Celeste and Tink is hilarious and endearing. When Celeste needs a friend the most, Tink is there for her no matter what. He is probably one of my favorite "best-friend-of-the-main-character" characters.

As for Rylan. Well, I can safely say that within the first third, or so, of the book I was kind of imagining ways to torture handsome Rylan. As far as main love-interests go, Rylan was failing pretty badly. And then we see a whole new Rylan once Celeste starts to have...well, issues--for lack of a better word. And, I'll say that I do, in fact, learn to love Rylan by the end of the story. Him AND his mysterious, tortuous ways.

Celeste is spunky, kind, sensitive, and COMPLETELY out of her element. She basically gets thrown into a new school, falls for a boy that doesn't exactly deserve her affections (at first), and then starts to experience some extremely strange occurances in her life.

There are a couple instances where I felt like I didn't know who to trust in Rua. I loved that because it made the story all the more complex. I'm so glad I read this story! I'm so glad that Ms. Kavi picked this particular mythology to focus on (No, I'm NOT telling). And I absolutely cannot wait for the second book in this series!

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“Rylan?” she whispered into the dark. No answer. She sat down at her desk chair to wait for his return.
“Don’t sit. We need to go.” He was back, holding the window open for her. Her bedroom door was closed.
“Quit showing off,” she said. He went out the window first then helped her down. “Where did you go, anyways?” she asked.
“Just made sure your parents were in a deep sleep, that’s all.” He took her hand then led her through the forest again. It was much easier to navigate with shoes and socks. She followed him, expecting him to lead her to his parked car. But instead, he stopped.
Keeping her left hand firmly grasped in his right, he pulled her close, then rotated her body until they were face to face. He took her other hand with his free hand. Their faces were only inches apart, and she was painfully aware of how close his body was to hers. She looked up into his face.
He said nothing, but watched her with golden-flecked eyes. In the dark, they had some subtle luminescence.
He said nothing, and she stayed still.
Finally, he spoke, in the lowest voice she’d heard him use. “Please be careful. We can’t trust her.”
“Okay,” she said.
“I want to try something.” He dropped her hands, but replaced them with something better. He wrapped his arms around her waist then pulled her against him. Their bodies pressed together, spreading warmth to new places in the cold night.
Her breath caught in her throat.
He leaned closer. “Do you trust me?”
“Close your eyes.” His breath moved the baby hairs framing her face.
She did, expecting his lips to press on hers in the dark. Instead, her body was ripped violently into motion, like taking the first drop-off on a roller coaster.

~About the Author~

Miranda Kavi is a YA and Paranormal/Urban Fantasy author. She has worked as an attorney, an executive recruiter, and an assistant in a biological anthropology lab. She loves scary movies, museums, and is hopelessly addicted to chocolate. She lives in the Houston area with her husband and daughter.

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10 October 2012

Blog Tour: Birthright (The Dark Gifts) by Willow Cross

Title: Birthright (The Dark Gifts)
Author: Willow Cross
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For one-thousand years, Druid prophecies foretold of a young witch destined to alter the fate of both human and immortal alike. This witch-turned-vampire would be capable of harnessing the supernatural abilities of both and, in a bloody rise to power, would rule with unwavering control. Unwillingly thrust into a world she never dreamed existed, Liz Markum is catapulted into an ancient war between rival vampire factions. She must choose between those she loves and the ever-present darkness attempting to devour her very soul. Only one question remains: Will Liz claim her birthright or surrender to the dark gift? One choice. One chance. Two destinies.

From start to finish this book didn't stop entertaining. I honestly cannot think of one dull moment in this story.

Liz and Michael meet and within a few pages, Liz has been turned into a vampire after a kiss and ONE bite. And, that's just NOT how it's supposed to happen. Just so you know, this is NOT another Twilight. So, if you read "vampire" and it scares you off a little...don't let it. While there ARE vampires, this is no "dreamy-vampire-love-story".

Okay, so Liz has been turned into a vampire and for a while it looks as if she and Michael will be enemies. Again, this is not the case. After Liz's full transformation there is an instantaneous love and bond between her and Michael. And it's all a result of him turning her. An act which is forbidden by the vampire Council.

From here, the book turns into a story of politics, intrigue, and mystery surrounding not just Michael and Liz, but a cast of a few other very lovable characters, as well.

Birthright kept my interest the entire day or so it took me to read it. The ONLY complaint that I have is that the story between Michael and Liz sort of took a backseat to all the rest. I would've really liked to see and get to know more of these two.

But, there was still an amazing story here. One worth reading if you enjoy all things paranormal with a pinch of surprise!
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~About the Author~

Willow Cross resides in Arkansas with her husband, two children still young enough to live at home, an enormous cat named Bitsy, and a neurotic dog named Tank. Her home has been known to host the occasional ghost and several of her friends profess to be witches. Although she dearly loves Vampires and Werewolves, they are never invited for dinner.

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08 October 2012

Cover Reveal: Weaving Magic by Mindy Hardwick

Title: Weaving Magic
Author: Mindy Hardwick
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He loves magic. She loves romance. But the biggest illusion is the one Shantel and Christopher perform together. Sixteen- year- old Christopher fights to stay sober while fifteen-year-old Shantel struggles in the aftermath of her mother’s death and seeks refuge in a fantasy world. But the unacknowledged roots of their problems refuse to stay buried and soon, the two are headed toward a deadly magic trick. Can Shantel and Christopher move beyond magical illusions to find love?

~About the Author~

Mindy Hardwick enjoys writing romance for teens and tweens including; STAINED GLASS SUMMER and WEAVING MAGIC. Sometimes, you can catch Mindy writing contemporary, sweet romances including: LOVE’S STORMS and LOVE’S BID. Mindy runs a poetry workshop with teens in a juvenile detention and credits the teens for the inspiration behind WEAVING MAGIC. You can see some of their poetry at: www.denneypoetry.com. Mindy is included on the Washington State Teaching Artist Roster and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. She lives in Seattle and is hard at work on her next romantic tale.

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07 October 2012

Blog Tour: Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Title: Flight (The Crescent Chronicles #1)
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Pub. Date: Aug. 16, 2012
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Sometimes you just have to take flight.

A summer in New Orleans is exactly what Allie needs before starting college. Accepting her dad’s invitation to work at his hotel offers an escape from her ex-boyfriend and the chance to spend the summer with her best friend. Meeting a guy is the last thing on her mind—until she sees Levi.

Unable to resist the infuriating yet alluring Levi, Allie finds herself at the center of a supernatural society and forced to decide between following the path she has always trusted or saving a city that might just save her.


The moment I read the synopsis for this book, I knew I'd love it! Which is why I agreed to read and review it. I am so glad I did!

Flight is a book that I would consider to be in the "New Adult" genre, as opposed to the "Young Adult" genre. This is mostly because of the age and maturity of the main character, Allie.

Allie is fresh out of high school and out of a relationship. She's visiting New Orleans to spend the summer working at her dad's newly purchased hotel. But, as soon as Allie and her best friend, Jess, arrive, mystery surrounds the group of people that Allie and Jess meet.

Alluring, handsome, and extrememly sure of himself, Levi is obvious interested in Allie...Right from the get-go. He makes himself perfectly clear. However, Allie has decided to put a boy-ban on her life. No relationships. So, of course, it takes a bit for any sort of relationship to really happen between these two.

I have to say, though, that there was no point in this story where I got bored. I feel like I was always finding out something new about the characters. And, what a group of characters!

After Allie decides to give Levi a chance, the story just takes off. I won't say anything else, because I really don't want to give anything away, but there were some SERIOUS plot-twists that had me reeling. Things that I NEVER saw coming. The secret that makes Levi different from regular people is pretty. Dang. Clever.

I loved all of the characters--even the crazy, evil ones because they really added to the story. I loved the plot and where Ms. Ivy took me throughout the story. I honestly never saw most of what happend, coming.

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~About the Author~

Alyssa Rose Ivy lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write.

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