Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Blog Tour: Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan

Thanks to AToMR for hosting this tour. To follow the rest you can check it out HERE.

Fractured Light

Fractured Light 1

Author: Rachel McClellan  
Pages: 304 pgs
Genre: YA, Fantasy, 
Release Date: February 8th 2018
Review Source: Author, Sweetwater Books

Fractured Light was Rachel McClellan's debut novel and one that I was intrigued to read. So when the opportunity to do this tour came up, I jumped at the chance. And I'm so glad that I did.

Llona Reese is used to living on the run. After the Vykens killed her parents, she knew they would eventually come for her too. She can’t take any chances. But when she starts to make friends for the first time in her life, she gets careless and lets her guard down. Big mistake.

As an Aura, Llona can manipulate light and harness its energy. But if she wants to survive, Llona will have to defy the Auran Council and learn to use her power as a weapon against the Vyken whose sole desire is to take her light. Now she’s caught in something even bigger than she can understand, with a power she can’t wield, and no one she can trust, except, just maybe, a mysterious stranger.

In this breathtaking and romantic adventure, Rachel McClellan delivers a truly mesmerizing story that will keep you guessing to the very end.
One of the things I really enjoyed was the main character's name. Llona, pronounced Ee-ona. It was unique just as she was supposed to be and really added to the overall story. When I first started reading I had no idea how to pronounce her name and loved it once I did.

The new fantasy element and world that Rachel created was also so much fun. We don't get a lot of answers or background in this first book, but what we are given only makes us wanting more, at least that's how it was in my case. Aura's, Vykens, and others are introduced in a very unique world. I can only imagine what else we find out in Fractured Soul.

And for those who love a little romance in their books, you get that as well. Though, Llona's love interest isn't the main plot point of the story, it's still one that you root for. I found myself awwing and wanting more cuteness. Hopefully he shows up again in books 2 and 3.

If you can't tell already, I definitely enjoyed getting to read this novel and plan on continuing the series. I can't wait to find out what happens next!

To find Rachel online:

Twitter: @RachelMcClellan

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Liebster Award

    So, I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Another Novel Read. Which means I get to answer her questions.

    Here we go:

    Who’s your favorite non-human character in a book?

    That would probably be a toss up between Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles and Sam from The Wolves of Mercy Falls series.

    Chocolate or vanilla?


    How many books do you read in a typical month?

    Between 6-8.

    Coffee or tea?


    What’s your favorite movie based on a book?

    Hmm... I would have to say the Harry Potter movies because they stayed the most accurate. Although, ask me after August when City of Bones comes out, I might change my answer *crosses fingers*

    Beer, wine, cocktails, other?


    Favorite genre to read?

    I mostly read YA, but within that I love fantasy. There's just something about losing myself in a completely different world.

    Does it snow where you live? If yes, how do you feel about it?

    Unfortunately not very often. But when it does I love it! I want to live where it snows.

    How do you feel about naps?

    I don't take them regularly, but I feel that a nap can beneficial. Especially if you just need to relax.

    Favorite book cover from the past year?

    That's difficult, there were so many that I loved, but I think I'll say Keeper of the Lost Cities.

    Favorite TV series?

    Another difficult one, but I'd have to say... Supernatural and 24.

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

    Blog Tour: Broken Wings by Shannon Dittemore


    Thanks to YA Bound for hosting this tour. To check out the rest you can go HERE.

    Broken Wings

    Angel Eyes Trilogy 2

    Author: Shannon Dittenmore  
    Pages: 320 pgs
    Genre: YA, Fantasy, Religious 
    Release Date: February 19th 2013
    Review Source: Thomas Nelson Fiction

    I loved Shannon Dittemore's debut Angel Eyes, it was beautifully written and kept me intrigued all of the way through. Now with her sequel, I can truly say that I enjoyed it even more so and can't wait for the conclusion.

    Life for Brielle begins to crumble in the wake of the events that took place several months before. Not only is her father drinking again and seeing a younger woman that Brielle can't stand, but Jake's also keeping things from her.

    With the Prince of Darkness targeting both Jake and Brielle and haunting dreams targeting her despite the halo, things really take a huge spiral. But Brielle knows that she has to learn to control the gifts she received and fight. But will she be able to when her wings are broken?

    Right off the bat Shannon did a beautiful job of weaving the supernatural aspects happening in the background along with Brielle and Jake's story. I loved the fact that we got more information on what was happening on both sides and the build up of intensity to what they were planning.

    My favorite part, though, were her descriptions. Since Brielle can see into the Celestial realm, she can see things that normal people don't and how Shannon describes them left me in awe. The tastes, smells, and sights of how she saw worship were beautiful and just right for the mood that was being created.

    I can hardly wait to find out the conclusion to this amazing trilogy after the ending to Broken Wings left me breathless and the description that finally posted for the last book Dark Halo.

    Below are the summaries and links for both books, Shannon Dittemore's info, and a little giveaway:

    Release Date: May 29, 2012
    336 pages

    Summary from Goodreads:
    Once you’ve seen, you can’t unsee. Everything changes when you’ve looked at the world through . . .


    Brielle’s a ballerina who went to the city to chase her dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus, Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and the incredible, numbing cold she can’t seem to shake.

    Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.

    Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight. Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter than Jake or Brielle has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices start.

    A realm that only angels and demons—and Brielle—can perceive.

    Broken Wings (Angel Eyes Trilogy #2)
    Release Date: February 19, 2013
    320 pages

    Summary from Goodreads:
    Giant angels with metal wings and visible song. A blind demon restored from the pit of darkness. And a girl who has never felt more broken.

    Brielle sees the world as it really is: a place where the Celestial exists side by side with human reality. But in the aftermath of a supernatural showdown, her life begins to crumble. Her boyfriend, Jake, is keeping something from her—something important. Her overprotective father has started drinking again. He’s dating a much younger woman who makes Brielle’s skin crawl, and he’s downright hostile toward Jake. Haunting nightmares keep Brielle from sleeping, and flashes of Celestial vision keep her off kilter.

    What she doesn’t know is that she’s been targeted. The Prince of Darkness himself has heard of the boy with healing in his hands and of the girl who sees through the Terrestrial Veil. When he plucks the blind demon, Damien, from the fiery chasm and sends him back to Earth with new eyes, the stage is set for a cataclysmic battle of good versus evil.

    Then Brielle unearths the truth about her mother’s death and she must question everything she ever thought was true.

    Brielle has no choice. She knows evil forces are converging and will soon rain their terror down upon the town of Stratus. She must master the weapons she’s been given. She must fight.

    But can she fly with broken wings?

    About the Author
    Shannon Dittemore has an overactive imagination and a passion for truth. Her lifelong journey to combine the two is responsible for a stint at Portland Bible College, performances with local theater companies, and a focus on youth and young adult ministry. The daughter of one preacher and the wife of another, she spends her days imagining things unseen and chasing her two children around their home in Northern California. Angel Eyes is her first novel.

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