Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Desolation blog tour

The Desolation Trilogy
by Ali Cross


Sixteen-year old Desolation Black wants nothing more than to stay in Hell where it’s cold and lonely and totally predictable. Instead, she’s sent back to Earth where she must face the evil she despises and the good she always feared.

When Desi is forced to embrace her inner demon, she assumes her choice has been made—that she has no hope of being anything other than what her father, Lucifer, has created her to be. What she doesn’t count on, is finding a reason to change—something she’s never had before—a friend.


Where darkness lives, all becomes desolate . . .

It’s been two months since sixteen-year-old Desolation Black chose Earth over Hell and her friend Miri over her eternal love, Michael.

Desi goes through the motions of life: school, training, remaining vigilant against the forces of darkness, but her dreams are full of the choices she wishes she could change. When she’s injured by a strange demon, old temptations arise, and the lines between good and evil blur. Desi discovers those choices aren’t so final after all.

And this time, the power of love—for a friend, for a lover—may not be enough to save her from the darkness that lurks within.

Choosing is a bad idea, because Desi always makes the wrong one, and sometimes there are no do-overs. Certainly not this time, when all has been lost and Desi can’t even save herself, let alone her friends. For Desi, the hardest thing is letting someone help her, to accept their sacrifice on her behalf. But that’s exactly what she’ll have to do in order to save the worlds from Helena’s destruction.

The goddess of Helheimer, long imprisoned by Desi’s father, Loki, is free at last, and she’s bent on reclaiming what once was hers. The nine worlds will be drawn into war, over Hell, over Earth, with innocent humans meaningless collateral. While Michael and the Gardians of Asgard, along with the golden-armored Valkyrie lead the battle for freedom, it’s Desi who holds the destiny of all the worlds in her hands.

Can she set aside her doubts, once and for all, and claim the gifts that are hers to bear? Can she accept the sacrifice that is made for her and Become all that she was created to be?

Her final choice will define not only her future, but the fate of humankind, forever more.

About the Author
Ali Cross is the sensei of the Writer's Dojo where she holds a black belt in awesome. She lives in Utah with her kickin' husband, two sparring sons, one ninja cat, two sumo dogs and four zen turtles.

Where to find more info
Her writer's dojo:
Face book pages:

My Reviews
This book was soooo amazing! Okay I know I say that about every book I love but I have not felt this much emotion while reading a book for awhile. Become had me at the prologue. Before I was even introduced to the main character I knew this book would be one that I couldn't put down.

Desolation Black is the daughter of Loki aka Lucifer. Living in Hell the only way she can defy her father is to deny him by not giving in to what he truly wants from her, to "become", and give in to become the demon she holds within. All he wants is for her to step up and except her place at his side.

When she's sent to Earth for some training in human behavior she finds something she never thought she'd ever know or deserve, Love. Now she not only has to choose or not choose her fate to "become" she also has to choose between the cold dark within her or embrace the warmth that she now feels growing through the dark giving her a new destiny.

This book has a great flow. It was so easy sink into the story. To see it so clearly in my mind, I could easily imagine the settings, the characters and the emotions. The characters were very well defined and the emotion felt real. I'll admit to being a very emotional woman but it's been awhile since a book has made me cry. Not just a lump in my throat cry but a tears streaming down my cheeks, hand me some tissue kind of cry. Everyone knows that any book that can bring on that kind of emotion is a best seller (at least in my opinion it should be).

This book is an amazon and barnes and noble freebie so everyone with a Nook or Kindle should open up a new tab and grab this book while it lasts, as for me I'm off to amazon myself to pick up Desolate the next book in the series.


1. empty: bare, uninhabited, and deserted
2. alone: solitary, joyless, and without hope
3. grim: dismal and gloomy
grief, sadness, loneliness,devastation, ruin
When reading this book you have to keep in mind not only the name of the book but the name of the main character. They both say so much about the way this book and story unfolds. Where Become makes you feel hope Desolate is quite opposite. I feel so sad for Desolation she has such a genuine and good heart that you have no choice but to feel her sadness and loneliness.

Just when I thought my tears would dry up and Desolate would be on the road to a happy ending I started the second book and realized that she has such along way to go. Not only does she need to shed her life in Hell which at times she misses (she did live there for centuries), her father Loki aka Lucifer who is the only parent she's ever known. She also needs to embrace her lighter side and the warmth within her that she doesn't think she deserves.

And then there's Michael whom she sacrificed to her father to not only to save his life but the life of her best friend Miri. I feel so sad for her because she feels the need to keep her demon side close as penance for everyone who has been hurt just by getting close to her. And I really hate that she never allows her self a moments worth of happiness.

The beginning of the book is from Desi's point of view but half way though the story changes from chapter to chapter between Desi and Michael. I love stories that are told for more than one point of view but in Desolates case it means twice the sadness, guilt and grief. This story makes my heart ache for the characters. But as I've said before the way I know a book will be imprinted on my soul is the feelings it invokes within me be it happiness or sorrow and not every amazingly great book has a happy ending.


"Your love for Desolation has shaped this world. you have taught us to love.Your heroic deeds in the Great War are told as bedtime stories. Michael and Desolation--there have been few other loves as powerful as yours, and certainly none greater. Do you agree?
"Yes my king." My heart felt like it had been ripped out of my chest. I could barely breath, couldn't think. My mind filled with memories of Desi. Memories of love.

I felt I had to put a excerpt there to show you the love that is trapped in all of the sorrow. A love that Desi doesn't think she is capable of or deserves because she is Hell's daughter after all.

Desi has so much guilt she can't let go of and so easily falls prey to her fathers influence becoming what she never wanted to be "his". Little does she know there are more player fighting for her soul (her light) than she knows. At 84% (kindle) I began to cry and I didn't stop until the end.

And in the end this book held my sadness and sorrow, Does it have a happy ending after all.......Well I guess you have to read it and see. I can say this: I am so glad I picked up Become (It's still free on


The Desolation series is a very dark but great series! I loved every one of these books not only for the happy moments but for the sorrow that had to be over come to get there.

 Destined was an amazing end to a wonderful story of love and Desi's personal journey to except herself for all that she is and will be.

She has been though so much though out her journey. She never thought herself worthy of friends or love. She had to learn not only to except that she was more than just a child of hell but a woman who was worthy of others love. A woman worthy to love with all of her heart with no trepidation.

Without giving any spoilers away I will leave this review kind of short and just say that this was a perfect and amazing end to a fantastic series! And I am really hoping for some spin off books. *wink*

Tour Schedule :

Dec. 12 - Lovely Reads *Review, Dream Cast, Giveaway
Dec. 13 - Chapter by Chapter *Interview, Character Bio, Giveaway
Dec. 14 - Magan Vernon (playlist)
Dec. 15 - SnifferWalk *Review, Character Guest Post w/ Desi, Giveaway
Dec. 16 - Jessabella Reads *Author Guest Post
Dec. 17 - My Reading Addiction *Review, Giveaway
Dec. 19 - Reviewing Shelf *Review, Giveaway
- Night Owl Reads *Author Guest Post
Dec. 20 - Christine Fonseca *Video Chat with Ali
Dec. 21 - The Stuff of Success *Promo and Character Bio
Dec. 22 - Open the Page *Review, Giveaway
Dec. 23 - Susan Kaye Quinn
Dec. 24 - The Cover Contessa *Author Guest Post, Giveaway
Dec. 25 - Overflowing BookShelves *Review
Dec. 26 - SupaGurl Books *Review
Dec. 28 - Book Dream Land *Review, Author Guest Post, Giveaway
Dec. 29 - Escaping...One Book @ A Time *Character Guest Post, Character Bio, Giveaway
Dec. 30 - I Know That Book *This or That with Ali Cross
Jan. 2 - YA Book Addict *Character Bio, Giveaway
Jan. 3 - C.K. Bryant
Jan. 4 - Nomi's Paranormal Palace *Character Bio, Promo
Jan. 5 - Black Lilies Are Deadly *Review, Character Bio
Jan. 6 - A Dream Within A Dream *Character Guest Post, Excerpt
Jan. 7 - FanGirl Hostess *Author Interview
Jan. 8 - Just Me, Myself, and I *Review
Jan. 9 - A Dragons Love *Review, Character Interview, Giveaway

The Ultimate Desolation Fan Prize Pack!
Personalized, Signed copies of BECOME, DESOLATE & DESTINED
Silver Desi Necklace, original design & hand-created by Gail Zuniga
Desolation Tote Bag
Desolation T-Shirt
3 Desolation Bookmarks
Celtic Knotted Heart bracelet made my Ali

The Ultimate Digital Reader Prize Pack!
Kindle Paperwhite
The Desolation Trilogy
Twenty-five additional books by awesome indie authors

Twelve Signed Books!

And Each Blog on the Tour will Give Away a Desolation (e) Trilogy!

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Q&A, reviews, and Giveaway with author Airicka Phoenix

Touching Smoke
(book one in the Touch series)
Touching Eternity
(book 1.5 in the Touch series)
Airicka Phoenix

Fallon has one. She doesn’t know it, but it will kill her... if she’s caught.


Isaiah. Her soul mate. Made especially for her. Created especially for her. Designed to be everything she would ever need. But loving him will destroy her.


Willing to die for her, kill for her, Isaiah must first save her from the monster chasing them — the man that had created them to annihilate the world.

What would you risk for love?

What would you choose?

She had everything but freedom.
He had nothing but his loyalty, his wits and his training.

She was a prisoner, a disease, not fit for the world, and she didn't know why. But she did know she wasn't allowed to die, she wasn't allowed to live and she wasn’t sane.

He was a soldier, a protector, but his foundation will be tested when he must destroy the only light in his dark world.

Thrown together, prisoner and keeper, their rebellion will splinter through time, changing the course of history and the fate of the world. Their love  will challenge their greatest enemy and immortalize them forever.

Loyalty. Freedom. Love.

What would you risk?

"Let me die."
Pain darkened his eyes. "Never."
About the author
Airicka Phoenix is the author of TOUCHING SMOKE (Touch Book #1), TOUCHING ETERNITY (Touch 1.5), TORRID, a short story as part of the Whispered Beginnings: A Clever Fiction Anthology and WANTING & INTENTIONS, two stories as part of the Midnight Surrender Anthology. When she's not hammering away at the keyboard, she can be found banishing pirates or crawling through the attic looking for lost treasure with her kids. She loves baking, gardening and reading. She also likes to travel and take pictures of everything she comes across. When asked, Airicka describes herself as a sarcastic basket case that has an unhealthy addiction to chocolate, old movies and really bad jokes. She loves to laugh, make friends and write. If she could have one wish granted, it would be to spend one day as a fly-on-the-wall inside Stephen King's mind. If she could have two wishes granted, she would ask for a castle dedicated entirely to her overwhelming collection of books.
10 question Q&A
I'd like to take a second just to say thank you Ms. Phoenix for take the time to sit down and answer my questions.

1. What made you want to become a write?
I have always loved reading! The library was my hangout place. I spent so much time there, I knew all the staff and all the people that came and went. The written word has always held a fire in my heart. It’s my escape when the real world is just too much to bear. Writing was a natural progression. When I was younger, it was harder to find Young Adult books for my age. It was either middle grade or adult and I wasn’t interested in either, so I started writing my own, just for me. Publishing was never something I even considered. I was just a kid at the back of the library, writing books I wanted to read.

 2. I have spoken to you and know that you have small children when do you find the time to write?
Whenever I can. That’s the trick. I mostly do my writing as soon as they go to school or when they go to bed, but I have a pen and pad that I carry around and scribble things down while I’m cooking, washing dishes, etc. About 90% of my writing is done at night. It’s when the ideas and characters really come to life.

3. Do you get alot of support from your family and friends when it comes to your writing?
I have an amazing support system, both online and off. My kids are my biggest fans—so they tell me. They tell everyone we come across that my mommy wrote Touching Smoke. I love them for it. And I have friends who I call up and rant to when my characters refuse to listen. They tell me I complain more about my characters behaving badly then my kids.

4. Where did the idea for Touching Smoke from?
I was working on my Hunter Series (release date spring 2013). I was at a part where Clara was fighting a demon when something flickers from the corner of her eyes, a vapor or mist and that’s where Amalie stepped into my mind. Originally, Touching Smoke was about Amalie, but somehow Fallon worked her way in and refused to leave.

5. I love your characters did you have any inspiration for them before hand?
  Before the Hunter Series, I hadn’t. Amalie and crew were cooked into creation at that moment.

6. Fallon and Isaiahs' story so far is the start of an epic love story where do you see it going in the future?
I think a lot of people would argue with me, but Isaiah and Fallon’s story was never about the kind of love most people talk about. I think when people think love, they automatically think romance and Romeo and Juliet. The Touch Series is about the darker side of love, the obsession behind it. It’s about questioning yourself and everything you were ever told. If, instead of making you strong and complete, love could destroy you, leave you powerless and broken this would be that brand of love. I can’t make many promises, but I will say that by Touching Ash, you will either love me or hate me.

7. Is it true that you originally thought of Amalie as your main character?
It is very true. Originally, The Touch Series was written through Amalie.

8. If so what changed your mind?
Fallon convinced me the only way to do Amalie’s story justice was by writing it through her, because Fallon is everything Amalie is not. Fallon is strong. She’s brave and stubborn, and with what will be coming up in the following three books, those are the only things that will save the world.

9. What made you decide to go back and tell Amalies' story?
It was never a matter of going back. I always had every intention of writing her story. Amalie’s life is essential to the entire series. She is the key to everything that will unfold throughout the series. Without her, there would be no Fallon, no Touch Series. She is the foundation. Touching Eternity is strictly her in her most vulnerable existence.

10. Do you see the Touch novels as a trilogy or something longer?
The Touch Series is five books,
Touching Smoke, (Book #1)
Touching Fire (Book #2)
Touching Embers (Book #3)
Touching Ash (Book #4)
Touching Eternity (Book #1.5)

(Touching Eternity is a standalone, the only adult book in the series while the others will remain 16+.)

For more about Airicka,
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My reviews
I'm going to start by saying Ms. Phoenix is an amazing author and woman. I have had the privilege of getting to know a little about her in the past couple of weeks. She is so sweet and very humble about her unbelievable talent as an author that I felt so honored and excited to read and review her books for her.
Touching Smoke
Touching Smoke is a great start to what I am sure will be epic and ever evolving love story. It starts off action packed, grabs you from chapter one, never lets you go and never slows down.

Fallon and Isaiah are wonderfully written characters. I love the way they compliment each other. Their relationship nice flow to it and it was such a joy to read as it grew and progressed.

However I found certain things they learn about themselves and their soul mate like bond to be very saddening. How heartbreaking would it be to find out that the love you feel may not be true under different circumstances.

All they have is each other. All they live for is to love and protect one another.
It is truly the start to a beautiful love story.

Touching Eternity
This book is a stand alone novel but I highly recommend starting with Touching Smoke. It lets you get a feel of the characters on a deeper level.

I really like that this book comes from several P.O.V.s I like to read a story from different perspectives. This book actually takes place in the past so I had to keep reminding myself that this Isaiah is Amalie's Isaiah and not Fallon's. (Touching Smoke)

Amalie and Isaiah both reflect on their childhood and growing up together as their relationship turns from child hood friends to young love.Their flashbacks are very sweet, heartwarming, and tender. They are also filled with sadness and sorrow.

When the story shifts back to their present day it is filled with just the opposite. filled with Sadness, cruelty, sorrow and heartbreak. But also has very touching moments of kindness and love.

My heart broke to read of the misery that is Amalie's life, as well as the guilt and regret that is Isaiah's.

Amalie's story is the saddest story I have read in such a long time. i just wanted to reach into the book, wrap my arms around her and tell her everything would be fine. I definitely read this book with a heavy heart.

Touching Eternity is a very tragic love story but one that I would recommend very highly. The characters and story as a whole are so in depth wonderfully written. Beautiful work Ms. Phoenix!
There will be two winners
one will recieve ecopies of both Touching Smoke and Touching Eternity from me
and one will recieve ecopies of both Touching Smoke and Touching Eternity
from Ms. Phoenix.
This giveaway will run from now until Dec. 31st.


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Thursday, September 27, 2012

the Hallows series

The Hallows books 1&2 by Amanda Hocking:

"This is the way the world ends - not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door."

    Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way - not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies.

The sequel to Hollowland....

After six months in the quarantine, Remy finds out things are much worse than she feared. Her plans to escape come with a heavy cost, and she realizes that zombies aren't the worst of her problems.

This is a young adult novel with language, violence, and sexual situations. Not recommended for readers under the age of 17. 

About the author:

Amanda lives in Minnesota, and I write young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy mostly. The My Blood Approves series is about vampires in Minneapolis, and its available now. I also wrote the Trylle Trilogy, which is a paranormal romance without vampires, shifters, mermaids, fae, angels, dragons, ghosts, or ninjas.

My latest book is Hollowland - a zombie urban fantasy set in the dystopian near future. It's a bit more violent and gritter than my other books, but there is still romance. Mostly though, Remy kicks a lot of butt. 

 Where to find more info:

My review:

     Amanda does not mess around when writing a zombie book! The main character Remy is at a school safe house when it is attacked by zombies. She learns that her eight year old brother was evacuated to somewhere in the north. She basically loses everyone she knows and has to make a run for it. and that's just chapter one.

    Can I just say I think it is so cool that her main source of protection is a lioness she finds chained to a truck on the side of the road. If I were In the middle of a zombie apocalypse I definitely want a lioness who's willing to eat zombies by my side.

    You can tell that Amanda put alot of thought into this book. From every little detail she describes to every situation they come across. the characters are so well defined and their personalities so their own. It's easy to let your mind slip right into the story and get to know it on a personal level.

     Hollowland is a fast paced book with lots of action, Well duh zombies lol , but it also has very heartbreaking and even tender moments that make it a very well proportioned book.

    This is a great book for those of you who really love the post apocalyptic/dystopian and or zombie genres' as well as anyone else looking for a really good YA book to read. I would also like to mention that this is a free kindle read at

This was an amazing book. Remy proves over and over again that she is a fighter. No matter how close she is to breaking she keeps going. She's being tortured and experimented on for the sake of "finding a cure" when the quarantine gets over run. Once again Remy has to make a run for it but this time her lioness isn't with her and she is stuck with one of her main tormentors and a hand full of people she's is evacuated with.
I've said it before but it's worth repeating Amanda Hocking is a brilliant author! She brings her characters to life so effortlessly. I of  course was sucked into the story from chapter one and caught myself skipping meals and staying up way past my bed time reading this book.
Hallowmen gets a little more mature teen rated at times but I think it was worth it and necessary to have those scenes in the book to complement the story line (even though one of them wasn't very nice).  Like Hallowland it is a very fast paced story with lots of of action.
I think that this book had it's tender moments but it was more about holding on to your humanity and not losing yourself  in grief, sadness, anger, and guilt. Remy has to learn to come to terms with her life and not only let go but learn to be happy again.  If set the end of the world as you know it and the flesh eating zombies aside it's a very heart touching story of a girl trying to find herself and live again.
I guess to sum it up in one sentence it would be: I love, love loved this book!!!!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Devil's Wake

Devil's Wake
by Steven Barnes and
Tananarive Due

What happens when an unprecedented infection sweeps the world, leaving the earth on the brink of the Apocalypse? But this infection goes far beyond disease. Beyond even the nightmare images of walking dead or flesh-eating ghouls. The infected are turning into creatures unlike anything ever dreamed of . . . more complex, more mysterious, and more deadly.

Trapped in the northwestern United States as winter begins to fall, Terry and Kendra have only one choice: they and their friends must cross a thousand miles of no-man’s-land in a rickety school bus, battling ravenous hordes, human raiders, and their own fears.

In the midst of apocalypse, they find something no one could have anticipated . . . love.

About the authors

Steven Barnes (born March 1, 1952, Los Angeles, California) is an African American science fiction writer, lecturer, creative consultant, and human performance technician.

He has written several episodes of The Outer Limits and Baywatch. He has also written the episode "Brief Candle" for Stargate SG-1 and the Andromeda episode "The Sum of its Parts". Barnes's first published piece of fiction, the 1979 novelette, The Locusts, was written with Larry Niven, and was a Hugo Award nominee.

Tananarive Due is a novelist and a creative writing teacher who has worked as a journalist. She won the American Book Award in 2002 for her novel The Living Blood.

More info
Book pages:

My review
This story is about sadness, survival and hope. The world has turned in to a land full of zombies "freaks" brought about by a combination of an exotic mushroom diet and a flu shot.The combination of the two turning people it to the walking dead. 

Five juvenile delinquents set out in an old blue school bus to find a safe haven where hopefully humanity has survived. Picking up a couple more on there way brings there number to seven. When rumors of sanctuary in California are broadcast that's where they head.

This story is sad because all though I do not believe in an upcoming zombie apocalypse I do believe that in a blink of an eye the world as we know could go to shit leaving everyone to fend for themselves and fight to survive. So it's not hard to imagine what it would be like to loose everyone and everything to a world of evil. I don't know how possible it would be for me to keep my hope and faith alive knowing that nothing would ever be the same again.

This book was very well written, so much so that at time is as though it had really taken place. the story was emotionally balanced very well. This book was more about the survivors journey back to humanity and less about the gory zombies they are running from.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

*Born in Flames*

Welcome to my stop along the
Born in Flames
by Candace Knoebel
Mini Blog Tour

Red mirrored scales race up my arms as the haze of pain blurs my vision. My bones crack, breaking to realign. I scream. It is then that the realization of my unavoidable fate sinks in; I am of a dying race. I am dragon. 

Aurora Megalos, orphaned and teetering on the edge of adulthood, thought finding her past would curb the sting of being an outcast. Having no memories of the time before she awoke on her foster mother’s doorstep, she yearns for the emptiness inside her to be filled. With her fellow orphaned best friend, Fenn, by her side, she has nothing to lose and everything to gain. But something powerful stirred within her that she couldn’t explain. Something wanted out.

In the dark of night, a crazed Seer, dubbed Mr.Creepy, erases everything she’s ever known with an impending prophecy. She now faces two paths. Return to her true home to protect a dying race against a growing evil, or stay hidden in the safety of our realm with a shot at a true love. With a vengeful Arch Enemy stopping at nothing to see her dead, she’s running out of time; a decision must be made. What would you choose?

About the author
Candace Knoebel had dreamed of being a dancer ever since she could remember. With a love of all things art, she saw herself moving to New York and pursuing her passion as an artist. But all that changed on October 10th, 2002 when she met the love of her life. Her dreams diverged and after marrying her high school sweetheart and having two beautiful children, she realized she missed her creative side.

Growing up alongside the Harry Potter series, Candace found herself missing the epicosity of a story that pulls you in and won’t let you go. In 2009, she began dreaming up characters that would mold her first novel. Through lunch breaks and late nights, after putting her kids to bed, she built a world where she could escape the ever-pressing days of an eight to five Purgatory. She found her calling in life and knew this was more than dancing could’ve ever meant to her.

Once complete in 2010, she began the grueling process of finding a publisher. With relentless determination, she was finally able to realize her dream in December of 2011 when 48fourteen offered her a publishing contract. With a HUGE yes and a happy dance, she now continues her Trilogy.

Where to find more info

My review
Let me start by saying I am very excited to be a part of this blog tour along side all of these amazing women and their blogs. Second can I just say how gorgeous is the cover for this book right I LOVE IT!! And third I am so happy to get of the the proverbial YA beaten path with not only a fresh story line but a GREAT story line.

 I love that the story starts off by backing up. So many times you read a story and you only find out later on the what, when, why, where and hows of the story. In Born of Flames you get it from the beginning. So from very early on in the story you can concentrate on not figuring out the past but anticipating the future and the journey you know it will take to get there. 

I really like the two main characters. Aurora and Fenn compliment each other very well. I like the way they balance each other out and keep each other grounded. They are the same in alot of ways but at the same time very opposite. For instance when Aurora's hot temper starts getting the better of her it's Fenns' level levelheadedness that brings her back to herself.

I have to say that this book is a little opposite of the YA fantasy novels that I've been reading lately. Refreshingly so. Most of the time the main character finds out she's from a different world and right away has to go to said world to find out what Her purpose is, whereas in Born in Flames she has to figure out her destiny and accept it before she can get there. 

For me the story really picks up two thirds of the way through and I knew I wouldn't be putting it down again until the story was over. (of course being a trilogy it ended at just the beginning). 

This book  has a very steady flow that picks up the pace as it progresses. I had a very challenging goal of reading it in one day to make it  in time for my stop in the blog tour. When I picked my kindle up with a sigh of defeat thinking "there's just no way I'm going to get this book read in time". Then I started reading and knew that this would be a book that I wouldn't just get through in one day but I had to get through in one day because there was no way I was going to put it down for sleep. 

So I say to everyone out there who is reading this review: This is one of my favorite books of the year and a 100% MUST READ!!  

Blog Tour Schedule:

8th: The Secret Sanctuary of Books - Guest Post: Introducing the Born in Flames Trilogy
9th: Terri's Book Addiction - Review
10th: Paranormal Reads - Review
11th: The Indie Bookshelf - Review
12th: Tam's Two Cents - Review + author interview
13th: Paranormal Book Club - Review + character interview with Aurora
14th: Tsk Tsk What To Read - Review

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Silver Mortal

ARC Review and Giveaway
Silver Mortal
book one of the Gracen Chronicles
by Jenna Kay 
There is a world invisible to Untouched eyes, where demons rule the shadows and prey on the innocents. Gracen Potts lives in this world. Her job is to serve and protect those who are oblivious to the monsters hiding from the light.

As a Silver Mortal Gracen has the power to send these demons back to Hell. With the Silver Eagle blood running through her veins she feels like nothing can take her down. That is, until she meets a group of Night Vipers who have escaped the Viper clan.

Can Gracen keep doing her job of demon slaying and protect the rebel Vipers?

About the author

Jenna Kay has always had a vivid imagination.  Blessed with three older brothers and two loving parents that encouraged her to follow her dreams; she decided to leave an 8 year career of being a cosmetologist to become a full time author.  Jenna felt that it was time to bring the supernatural to life.  Her novel, “Mark of the Seer” will be Jenna’s first with Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing.
Jenna currently resides in North Georgia where, when not writing, she spends time with her three young children and her loving husband.  Jenna’s heart is to impact the lives of young adults that are going through the hardships of this life with a hope that there is way more out there than just the pains of the world.
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The preface had me hooked so with Jenna's permission here it is:

   I've always been a little different, leaning toward the weird and unusual side. From
my long white hair and fair skin, to my almost clear blue eyes—weird, weird, weird. Not to
mention my anti-social status and could care less attitude. But my weirdness level shot up to
maximum proportions the day I turned thirteen. That was the day I saw a werewolf for the
first time.
   Now I say werewolf because it looked like something from the horror movies I'd
watched and the paranormal books I'd read. Black beady eyes, tall, hairy, muscular body,
sharp claws, long snout and teeth, pointy ears, resembling a large canine—you get the
picture. Though later on I learned it had not been a werewolf at all, but a demon.
Demon. Yes, that's what I said. You see, up until that day I thought I was just your
average looney, knowing and seeing nothing but what I saw in front of me. Everything had
been school, boys, headaches, bitchy girls, and tests—crappy school junk. Little did I know
that I'd been born into a family who had been touched long ago by the supernatural.
The day I'd seen the werewolf demon I'd screamed bloody murder, pointing at it in
fear. I'd almost peed my pants because of the terror that held my body hostage! Then
confusion set in when my fellow classmates hadn't freaked out with me. I mean, come on!
There was a freaking werewolf in the room. Though while I'd screamed “werewolf”, everyone
in class had stared at me with wide eyes, thinking I was the freak of nature instead of the
monstrous creature. It had dawned on me that I was the only one seeing the werewolf...and
the werewolf knew it. He'd thrown his hairy head back, making a sound in between a laugh
and a thunderous howl.
   That was my last day at that school. I'd ran home to my grandmother, who had raised
me from birth (per my mother's wishes) and told her everything. The werewolf, me
screaming, my classmates staring at me like I was insane...everything. 
   To my utmost surprise she'd remained calm, which had completely flustered me, but
looking back now I can see why she had stayed chill. She'd known that day had been a long
time coming, though she'd left me out of the loop. But I had not gotten angry with her, even
though I'd had every right to be. I mean, how could I be mad at the grandmother who'd
raised me because my mother had gone AWOL?
Anyway, Granny had gone into her room and returned with a hand held mirror.
“Tell me, Gracen,” she had whispered. “Tell me what you see.”
   I can remember like it was yesterday. I remember seeing the marks for the first time.
Silver claw marks to be more precise, that started on my temples and ran down my cheeks,
though they were very faint. Later on I learned that those marks could only be seen by others
after midnight...among other things.
That was when I learned of my supernatural heritage.
    Many centuries ago a legend was born. It spoke of a silver eagle that flew the skies in
search of the purest of hearts, looking for the right persons to change. The ones who would
take and use its otherworldly powers to fight the evil forces of the night. It scratched the
chosen humans and they became transformed. A fierce power burned through their veins,
and at the stroke of midnight, every night, the claws marks from the eagle would surface,
turning a metallic silver. Their eyes would also turn silver, making their vision strong and
more precise, for after midnight they could see in the dark as if it were daytime, and they
could see for miles as well. Their strength and agility increased to super hero level, giving
them an edge to the evil walking the earth.
    They became known as the Silver Mortals, humans marked by an unearthly force, their
mission to protect humanity against the evil that inhabits the planet.
Never heard of them? No, of course you haven't. No sane person would believe in a
silver eagle that went around empowering people with gifts so they could fight in a
supernatural war, the battle between good and evil. Angels and Demons.
    To finish the legend, the silver eagle injected its power into the ones who had been
chosen, or another term some have used, Touched. Generation after generation the bond has
gotten stronger, the blood growing more and more potent to rid the world of the evil that is
invisible to Untouched humans...well, most humans, that is.
I say most humans, because I am human...and I'm also a Silver Mortal. I know how to
hunt, fight, and kill demons, no matter what shape, form, or monster it portrays. I'm only
sixteen but my name is getting out there, causing an uproar amongst a group of humans who
have been touched by a more sinister entity.
    Just as a silver eagle came to earth to transform the purest of hearts, a fallen angel
known as Botis was sent to earth, crawling out of the depths of Hell, to mark the humans with
the blackest of hearts. These humans would use their powers to aid in the destruction of
mankind. Hellbent on causing pain, finding enjoyment in watching others tormented and
    Botis, in the form of a huge black viper, would bite and inject the sinful man or woman
with his diabolical venom, turning them into a Night Viper.
The Night Vipers are evil spirited humans, and they will stop at nothing to destroy my
kind. They are humans teamed up with demons to create chaos and devastation in their
wake. Like the Silver Mortals, they are spread all over the world, and they too bare their own
signature mark—a coiled black viper that takes up one side of their face.
When my gift emerged I had to say goodbye to Granny and the cozy cottage we shared
deep in the North Carolina mountains. I had to go live with someone who knew what I was
going through, the person who had abandoned me when I was a baby—my mother, who is
also a Silver Mortal, just like her father had been, and like every generation before us.
We live in a city full of both good and evil—New York City.
Now if you were to see me walking down the street, you'd see a normal looking sixteen
year old girl with horrible white hair and skin deathly pale. But people with supernatural
eyes can see me for what I truly am...
A warrior.
    As for the silver eagle who injected my ancestors centuries before, no one has seen,
heard, or even knows where it came from. We only know that we have a job to do, and that
we are counted on.
My name is Gracen Potts. Welcome to my world. 

My review
I received this this book as an ARC for review. The release date for Silver Mortal is September 21st, 2012.
 I am so glad I didn't have to wait to get my hands on it.

Alot of YA books out there with sixteen years old characters just don't sound sixteen. I really feel like it's a teenager telling the story. Even at only 4% into the book I felt like I was much farther in which is amazing. I felt like I knew Gracen already. From the very beginning you know she's going to be a very strong character. From her thought process to her sassy mouth to her moral compass.

I really feel for Gracen being sixteen and not able to live in a teenage world must be so hard to deal with.
I love phoenix brought up in a horrible place and tormented every day of his life. But though everything he still has the kindest of souls. 

brought together under the most desperate of circumstances Gracen and Phoenix are brought together soul mates as star crossed lovers in a way, mortal enemies in love. And everything Gracen was brought up to feel tells her that it's wrong, that he is the enemy. I really like how their relationship unfolds neither of them ever having a real relationship before. 

Wonderfully written this book had very strong characters and the flow of the story was perfect. I enjoyed every moment I was reading this book and have to say that It is very much a must read. Five stars to Silver Mortal and an A+ to Jenna for an amazing book!

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