BOOK TOUR: Review: “Cutlass” and “Flintlock” by Ashley Nixon

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We are thrilled to be bringing back this amazing author! Her first book in the Cutlass Trilogy was absolutely loved by our followers and we know that this book will be to! So first let’s get to know a bit more about this Author:

 

Ashley was born and raised in Oklahoma, where the wind really does sweep down the plains, and horses and carriages aren’t used as much as she’d like. She has a Bachelor’s in English Writing and a Master’s in Library Science and Information Technology. When she’s not writing she’s either working out or pretending she’s Sherlock Holmes. Her obsession with writing began after reading the Lord of the Rings in the eighth grade. Since then, she’s loved everything Fantasy–resulting in an unhealthy obsession with the ‘geek’ tab on Pinterest, where all things awesome go.

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Flintlock is the second book in the Cutlass Trilogy. It continues Barren and his crew’s story.
Barren Reed hopes to protect the Orient
from his tyrant uncle, but his plans to make the King’s life a living hell
aren’t supported by the Elders of the pirate community. As it stands, Barren
has earned the Elders’ disdain for his carelessness, and they threaten him into
exile if he makes one more mistake.
Barren’s not the only one feeling the
Elders’ wrath—they don’t trust Larkin either. Worse, Barren can’t comprehend
Larkin’s wish to have a relationship with her father, and the secrets she’s
forced to keep create a tension that may pull them apart forever.
When the Pirates of Silver Crest begin to
die, bullets laced with dark magic are to blame. With more and more of these
weapons infiltrating the Underground, discovering who’s behind the
dissemination is no easy feat. As fear and tension mount among the people of
the Orient, Barren and his crew find themselves in a race against time to stop
the spread of dark magic before the world of Mariana spirals into collapse.
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Cutlass by Ashley NixonTwo reviews by Maria.

I would like to thank author Ashley Nixon for allowing me to read and review the first two books in her trilogy: Cutlass and Flintlock for her book tour.

This is a review of Cutlass:

Captain Barren Reed has searched for a way to get revenge on his brother, William, for killing their father by running a sword through his back. Revenge is all he’s wanted for years. He rises in ranks and becomes a teenage pirate captain. Pirating is his family’s way of life despite being in the royal lineage. William has sworn off pirating and has his eye on moving up in station. He has sworn to hunt down and bring pirates to justice. Barren has found the perfect plan for his revenge, kidnap William’s fiancé right under his nose and challenge William to a duel for her return. Only Barren gets more than he bargained for in kidnapping Larkin Lee.

Barren isn’t as bloodthirsty as the rumors say. Everyone says he’ll kill anyone his ship comes across. But really he gives his captives a choice every time: strip themselves of belongings and cargo and go back to town humiliated, or he’ll have his crew kill them. Barren shows mercy when most captains would not. He is a smart and fearless leader of his crew of men, despite being only a teenager himself. He is compassionate and loyal to his men. He even has a softer side he keeps hidden from all. He is obsessed with killing William through quite a bit of the story, but this obsession doesn’t overtake the story. Instead, it adds to his character, since he feels guilty over his father’s death and also wants to avenge him. Barren is every bit the pirate worthy of having his own story.Larkin is surprisingly well versed in matters of fighting and learning for the time period. She knows how to fence and is almost Barren’s equal and proves her level of swordsmanship in their first fight. She is feisty, witty, and brave. She has her own mind, thoughts, and opinions she’s not afraid to voice. She won’t let anyone tell her what to do. But her one vulnerability is pleasing her distant father. He’s promised her hand in marriage to William, and she has agreed, even though she doesn’t care for him. When she’s kidnapped by Barren, it’s wonderful seeing this character coming into her full potential as a woman and a leader.I have had a long love affair with pirates my whole life; from classics like Peter Pan, Treasure Island to The Princess Bride and more recently The Pirates of the Caribbean. This book lives up to its genre and beyond. The action, adventure, and romance was intense and exciting. It was full of secrets and drama and bloodthirsty battles. I was captivated for every single page!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. It is appropriate for young adult and adult readers.Flintlock by Ashley NixonThis following is a review of Flintlock:

Barren, Larkin, and the rest of Barren’s pirate crew are still reeling from the aftermath of so many betrayals. But before Barren can seek his uncle and cousin’s out for retribution, he is summoned before the council of pirate elders to answer for his crimes, including kidnapping Larkin. Cove once again proves himself a great alley and swears to guide Barren, but if Barren commits more havoc against their community the elders will exile both of them.

Quite a bit more magic appeared in this book. Barren and Larkin individually find themselves struggling with magic. Larkin struggles to come to terms with new abilities while Barren deals with the repercussions of the bloodstone. It was interesting that neither character would confide in each other about their struggles. This showed how strong these two characters are and how they are very much their own separate persons. Also how they are able trust each other with their lives, and though they might love each other, they still have a long way to go in trusting each other fully with their hearts.The romance between Larkin and Barren took some giant leaps only to repeatedly fall flat on it’s face. As I had mentioned they both are keeping big secrets from each other. And neither is terribly sure how the other feels. But it was nice to see both individually come to true terms about how they felt, even if they haven’t admitted it yet.Leap started to get more character development this time. When he wasn’t busy comically foiling Larkin and Barren’s romantic alone moments, that is. He spent a great deal of time, as usual, being Barren’s voice of restraint and reason, as he doesn’t want to see his best friend exiled. He was a shoulder for Barren to lean on many times. He also continued to deal with being away from his elven people and struggled now that Barren’s become aware of Leap’s lost love. As much as Leap brings the comic relief to this story, he also is a strong character in his own right as friend, protector, and warrior. He endures struggles of his own in this book, which add to his depth.Cove became a main character as well in this book. He is such an interesting character because while he is secretly loyal and an ally to the pirates, he is also a member of the government and polite society. He could stand to lose everything, even his life, if this association were brought to light. But he continues to be unwavering in his support and friendship with Barren. Cove also got a bit of romance this time around. His rival became engaged to Cove’s long love. So Cove became a little more human and approachable while he endured his forbidden affections.
Flintlock was more focused on the characters and developing them and their ties to each other, rather than the action or pirate life. There were real stakes and trials for every character in this book and I can’t wait to see where this series goes!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. It is appropriate for young adult and adult readers.This page contains affiliate links. Read our full disclosure here.

 
 
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Review: “Celtic Moon” and “Summer Moon” by Jan DeLima

Celtic Moon by Jan de LimaA review by Maria.

I would like to thank author Jan DeLima for allowing me to read and review the first two books in her Celtic Wolves series: Celtic Moon and Summer Moon.

The following is my review of Celtic Moon:

Dylan Black is the leader of his pack of werewolves. He is getting them ready to possibly go to war with the Guardians when he hears from the last person he ever expected: his wife. Fifteen years ago Sophie Thibodeau left Dylan and carried their unborn child within her. She fled Dylan after witnessing him shift and having endured cruelty from his people. She’s been on the run from him ever since. However, now their son is starting to exhibit signs of the supernatural and fearing for his safety, she reaches out to Dylan.

Dylan has been alive for hundreds of years. He comes from a Pagan and Celtic origin and has never given his heart fully until he met Sophie. I spent quite a bit of the book feeling terrible for him, even after knowing Sophie’s reasons for leaving him. He was possessive, strong, smart, passionate and a worthy leader. But still he took a chance on love after all those years, only to have her crush him and worse, take his child from him. I admired his passion for his people and strength to keep going after something so terrible happened to him. He also had an amazing capacity for forgiveness, by allowing Sophie to come back to his pack and bring his son home.

Sophie was a strong willful character. I understood why she ran, but I never got over how terrible that was for her to do. So instead, I had to look past that and  appreciate other facets of her character. She was a good mother and cared for her family and others. She turned herself from a weak woman into a one with physical strength and worked to learn survival skills. But what really made me grow to like her as a character were her interactions with her son. They had a great loving banter and also really cared for each other. She was equal parts protector and teacher to him. And  I really liked how brave she was in the knowledge that she, as a human, wasn’t enough for him and that it was time to face Dylan again.

This book was very much a paranormal romance. It was steeped deeply in all things mythological from werewolves to magic, to the Otherworld. And given that Dylan had a long history; Celtic, Pagan, and Egyptian lores were explored. I enjoyed the author’s interpretation of the werewolf myth and that it was a painful shift from man into beast. Having Dylan’s son go through the process for the first time, gave me a great understanding of Dylan’s past and everything he’s had to endure. I would have liked to see a little more interactions with the Guardians in this book. They were supposed to be the big bad of the novel but only made a few, but memorable, appearances.

Another focus of this book was on family. The connections Sophie had to her son, and to her mother were explored. But also Dylan’s long history with his sister Elen and brother Luc. His family and their past were greatly interwoven in the story, which makes me think that the other books in this trilogy will be about them.

Celtic Moon was fairly fast paced and not too long. It was a great urban fantasy/paranormal read.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Summer Moon by Jan DeLimaThe following is my review of Summer Moon:

Summer Moon continues on with the series and features Rosa and Luc.

Rosa finds herself needing allies after her husband was killed by Dylan Black after she had aided him by saving his wife. Because she helped him, she is considered a traitor by her kind. Now she will be at the mercy of 8 other Guardians and they rally to claim and impregnate her unless she can convince the Black family to help her. While seeking their help, Rosa determines her greatest protection would be if she marries again, to Luc Black.

I absolutely adored Rosa’s character. I can’t think of a stronger female character in paranormal romance novels. She’s had to endure hundreds of years of abuse from her husband after marrying him as his child bride. He physically abused her, sometimes sexually, and often mentally, once killing her beloved horse after she disobeyed and making her eat its remains for a week! She was stranded in her home and very seldom allowed to leave. However she did find a few friends among their servants and built up loyalty and rapport through all she endured. All this time, she has planned and prepared for one moment, when she’d be able to break free and revolt against the guardians and her husband.

Luc has always been referred to as the Beast of Merin after being born in wolf form and then shifting to human. But despite being a beast, he has loved before, and still mourns his long dead wife. He understands that his marriage to Rosa won’t be out of love, but she needs help and he can sympathize with her plight. But even though there’s no love, he’s determined to make her his partner in all other ways and to teach her how to feel pleasure out of a marriage and the marriage bed instead of only pain. He was a kind, strong, and stubborn alpha male. He was very swoon-worthy and interesting. He made it his mission to know everything about Rosa physically and emotionally, and to always have her back, even when she pushed him away.

This book continued to delve into mythology but also added quite a bit more action. The Guardians were featured quite a bit more and I came to fully understand how evil most of them were. Thus, the pace picked up in this novel, and I got through it very quickly.

I believe I enjoyed Summer Moon even more than the first book and can’t wait to see where this paranormal romance series continues!

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Review: “Wash Me Away” by Wendy Owens

Wash Me Away by Wendy OwensA review by Domoni.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I want to thank the author for the opportunity to read it.

Addison watched her father die. She could have helped him, but she just watched. Now she is finally free of the controlling monster who kept her secluded away.  Sent to live with her aunt and uncle in a new town where she is attending a real school with other kids, she is starting to learn what life is supposed to be like. With two parental figures that care about her, a new best friend and a cute boy who seems to like her, it all seems overwhelming. Can she trust that Leo likes her for who she is even if he is the son of her therapist? When she starts to learn secrets about the mother she never got to know, Addison doesn’t know if she can trust anyone. And what if they find out the truth about her, about how she had to live before? Will things really ever be “okay”? When tragedy strikes at school, Addison and her friends will have to face horrors that may divide them. Though they may also show Addy that she is not alone in the world.

Addison is the main character and I found myself rooting for her. I felt her confusion and fear, and wanted things to get better for her. The romance between her and Leo was soft and sweet and comforting. He helped her learn to trust and how it felt to be cared for, and she helped him open up and work through the pain he had from losing his brother and moving on from his first love.

All of the supporting cast was brought to life in a full manner. There is Leo, the sweet and caring young man, with a penchant for 80s movies.  His best friend Miyagi, the boy genius, who has a torturous crush on Addy’s new best friend, Julia, who is the perfect, spoiled rich girl. She wants to be on the Olympic ski team, and has a taste for the bad boys. Since she is damaged in her own way, she can’t let herself love someone and open herself to the possibility of pain. These four friends have to live through heartbreaking situations that no child should. I loved each of their characters and cried for all of them.

It has been years since a book has emotionally touched me like Wash Me Away. Wendy Owens took some very sensitive and serious topics and wrote them so well that I ached for the characters. I wanted to reach in and hug each of them at certain points in the novel. One quick word of caution, however: this book touches on subjects of suicide and serious abuse. Although the scenes are not graphic, if you are sensitive to these issues please be aware as you read along. Wash Me Away is my favorite read of 2015 so far.

 

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

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BOOK TOUR: Review: “Come, the Dark” by Rebecca Hamilton

Come the Dark by Rebecca HamiltonA review by Maria.

I would like to thank author Rebecca Hamilton for allowing me to read and review the second book in her Forever Girl series: Come, The Dark.

Come, The Dark is the second novel in a series but works as a stand alone novel as all the supernatural aspects are explained again so readers starting with this book should have no problems following the story.

Rose has dealt with her father’s abuse and her mother’s cowardice all her life. Finally it culminates in her pregnancy with her father’s child. She knows that she must escape her family to save her life and the life of her unborn baby. After the baby is born, she manages to escape, however she didn’t plan on escaping into the past. Now she needs to survive in the body of another Forever Girl, Abigail, from Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Rose -living as Abigail- stumbles onto a world of the supernatural. She learns that she could embrace her destiny as one of the reincarnated Forever Girls. Once she becomes a part of that world, she must be extra careful of her powers as the community is already starting to seek out witches.

Rose started off as a character I had intense pity for, since she was the victim of her father’s sexual abuse and her mother’s neglect. But through the pregnancy and birth, I grew to respect this character’s strength and need to protect her baby. Then her father steals her newborn baby to “protect his reputation”. She is pulled into the past by William and Tess to learn about the supernatural and her destiny. When she arrives in the past, Rose manages to hold her own in Salem and keeps her wits about her while protecting her secret. Quickly she learns to adapt and remember her history. Also how to be careful, from cloaking her new supernatural abilities, to keeping the birthmark on her wrist hidden. Rose became obsessed with trying to get back to her time to find her baby.

William was a strong, intelligent and interesting character. He was easy to understand as he delves into secrets of his past early on, leading to a greater understanding of his personality. I enjoyed his banter with his friend Tess as they introduced Rose into this world. The romantic tension between William and Rose was very well done. Their story was star-crossed since they were from two different timelines. But both needed a little romance in their lives.

At times this book moved very slowly as the reader was mostly in Rose’s head. She was understandably obsessed with getting back to her baby, however that obsession came on a bit too strong and too often.

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Come, the Dark by Rebecca Hamilton
(Forever Girl #2)
Publication date: January 6th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Synopsis:

TRIGGER WARNING: This book deals with the sensitive subject of sexual abuse.

Rose desperately wants to escape the abuse of the father who impregnated her and the dark spirits that haunt her life. Being thrust from Georgia 1961 into the era of Salem’s infamous witch trials isn’t what she had in mind, and now her daughter is left hopelessly out of reach.

The only way to return to her daughter is by facing certain death to banish the dark spirits that plague Salem. If she doesn’t eliminate these dark spirits in time, they will destroy civilization and trap her in this strange new place, ages away from her daughter.

Even if she can complete the task in time to return home to save her daughter, there’s still one problem: she’s falling in love with a man who can’t return with her. Achieving her goals will force her to choose between the only man who has never betrayed her and a daughter she can’t quite remember but will never forget.

A heart-wrenching tale of a mother’s love for her daughter, this romantic paranormal fantasy underlines the depravity of both historical and modern society while capturing the essence of sacrifice and devotion.

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Rebecca Hamilton is a USA Today Bestselling Paranormal Fantasy author who also dabbles in Horror and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She enjoys dancing with her kids to television show theme songs and would love the beach if it weren’t for the sand. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently. She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA and has been published internationally, in three languages. You can follow her on twitter @InkMuse

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Review: “Of Foreign Build: From Corporate Girl To Sea-Gypsy Woman” by Jackie Perry

Of Foreign Build by Jackie PerryA review by Julie.

I would like to thank the author for allowing Fangirls Read It First to review Of Foreign Build: From Corporate Girl To Sea Gypsy Woman.

This novel is a memoir written by author Jackie Perry as a part of the healing process for losing someone close to her. Jackie loses the person she loves and is understandably devastated. She meets her now husband, Noel, and they decide to travel the world on a boat. When they begin their journey, Jackie is full of self-doubt and realizes life will never be the same. The boat crashes within 24 hours which makes her doubt their ability to survive in this new world. Despite her doubts, Jackie and Noel continue to travel around the world and soon she starts losing the fear of a new life and begins recovering from her loss. The author encounters and overcomes several challenges in this nautical, testosterone filled world to become a captain and maritime teacher, ultimately finding herself.

I chose to read this book because the summary sounded great. Jackie’s way of dealing with grief in a unique way, finding and marrying a new love, and traveling around the world in a boat had me intrigued. In reality, it is filled with stories from port after port. The author did not include much in the way of descriptions and glossed over parts of the story that could have made it interesting. If you enjoy boating and understand or appreciate all of the nautical talk that took place, this book could definitely be for you. Unfortunately I found it boring, making it very difficult to even complete.

My rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars.

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BOOK TOUR: Review: “Chaos and Moonlight” by A.D. Marrow

Chaos and Moonlight by A.D. MarrowA review by Maria.

I would like to thank author A.D. Marrow and Bewitching Book Tours for giving me the opportunity to read and review Chaos and Moonlight.

Taris’s people are dying. As he mourns another dead member of his vampiric people all he wants is to figure out a way to save them. He is a member of The Nine, elite vampires that have sworn to protect their race. But he can offer little protection against extinction. Then he sees Dr. Sarah Bridgeman on national television describing her new medical breakthrough. He believes her research could also save his people. He goes on a mission to find her and ask for her help. But several outcast vampires are out to get Sarah too, and Taris must choose to kidnap her to save her life.

Taris has lived for 800 hundred years. During that time he’s endured love, heartache, betrayal and death. It has made him grow as a man and as a vampire. Members of The Nine have disbanded and those remaining live with him. Most of The Nine have gone through terrible loss and suffering. He is fiercely protective of each one, including his damaged sister. He is smart, loyal, and brave. And he would die to protect the ones he loves. Taris knows he needs Sarah’s help but he didn’t expect to care for her from the first moment he saw her.

Sarah is spunky, brilliant, honest and loving. When the reporter gives her attitude during her interview she confronts her right back on air. She keeps her wits about her even while being shot at and kidnapped. She offers Taris and his sister money in exchange for letting her go, never believing that they only want her help. She scoffs when they tell her about vampires until Taris goes to great lengths to prove it to her. Her qualities are similar to Taris’s because she is also protective, loyal and would die for the ones she loves.

Chaos and Moonlight had many scenes of tense, dangerous action and adventure but it was a romance at its core. The romance was slow to develop between Sarah and Taris. However, as a reader, I found that more believable since they were going from one adrenaline rush after another all the time. Once they could catch their breath, the romance became passionately epic as they began to fall for each other.

This novel had a host of delightful main and side characters, all of which I absolutely adored. Other relationships and dramas were introduced, featuring Taris’s crew, to set up more books in this series.

Chaos and Moonlight is appropriate for adult readers.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

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Chaos and Moonlight

Order of the Nines

Book 1

A.D. Marrow
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Full Fathom Five Digital
Date of Publication: May 6th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-63370-053-6 (epub)

ISBN: 978-1-63370-054-3 (mobi)

ASIN: B00U9QUJ9W

Number of pages: 280

Word Count: 91,993
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde Media

Book Description:

The Nines, an elite group of vampires, was established to stand as protection for their race. Fractured by centuries of betrayal and loss, the group is now little more than myth, its remaining members scarred and shattered.

Taris, the oldest living vampire, is no stranger to loss and heartbreak. He is all that holds the Nines together as they struggle to save themselves from total extinction.

Enter the beautiful and brilliant Dr. Sarah Bridgeman, whose medical research has resulted in a breakthrough for both humans and vampires. Her work may be the salvation this weary band of guardians has been looking for.

Taris needs to reach Sarah and enlist her help—before those aligned against him can act. Can a vampire king convince a stunning young scientist to save a species that isn’t even supposed to exist?
For now, only one thing is certain: no science can explain the explosive chemistry between them.

Chaos and Moonlight is the first installment in the Order of the Nines series, and is A. D. Marrow’s debut novel.

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“It was several minutes before Sarah realized she wasn’t dreaming. The tall guy in her room, the creepy guy on the stairs, all of it had been real. After about five miles of telling herself to wake up, then looking at the tall guy who was driving, then pinching herself, then telling herself to wake up again, then looking at the tall guy some more, reality and the promise of a full-fledged panic attack set in.

“I swear, if you let me go, I won’t tell anyone, okay?” Sarah finally found her voice. She had a moment where she thought that maybe this was a dream again, judging by the way the driver of the car looked. He was dark and mysterious, chiseled from head to toe—she should know, she all but crawled into him when they were running away from that other guy. She couldn’t make out much in the dark of the truck’s cab, but even in the faint light of the street lamps, something about this guy made her feel different. Maybe it was his voice—that deep, gravelly, slightly British voice. Maybe it was the smell that came off him, that man-mixed-with-leather-and-aftershave smell.

“Who are you?” Her damned voice box rebelled against her and her question came out in a whisper.

He was focused on the road, his eyes never leaving it as he maneuvered the giant diesel truck in and out of the one a.m. traffic. “I’ll explain everything when we get to where we are going. In the meantime, just sit back and try to relax, okay?”

“Relax? Okay, yeah. I was taken out of my bed in the middle of the night by some guy I don’t even know, and then I was chased up the stairwell by a Sherman tank of a drag queen, and you tell me to relax? Yeah right, pal! Listen, seriously, whatever ransom you’re asking for, I can pay it. Just bring me to an ATM, and you can have whatever you want, okay? Just let me go.”

“It’s not that simple, Dr. Bridgeman.”

“The hell it’s not. Look, just let me out, and anything you want, it’s yours. Cross my heart, I won’t tell a soul you took me.” She made a little crisscross motion over her heart.

“Like I said, Dr. Bridgeman, it’s not that simple. I don’t need your money. I need you to do a job for me. That Sherman tank drag queen apparently wants you to do the same job. I think, circumstances being what they are, you might want to consider working for me.”

“Work, my ass.” Sarah mumbled to herself. “Who the hell are you, anyway? And what job could I possibly do for you? I’m a medical researcher, you dickhead.”

He didn’t bother looking at her. He took in a deep breath and let out a long sigh.

“My name is Taris. I’m an eight-hundred-year-old vampire, and I need you to use your medical research to help me stop the slow yet brutal extinction of a race of people who really do exist but are made into horror movie villains and romance novel heroes.”

When he was met with silence, he glanced over to see her passed out cold in the seat.

“I knew it wouldn’t work.”

About the Author: A.D. MarrowA.D. Marrow is a registered Sapiophile, a proud geek since before geek was chic, and believes that everyone deserves a happily ever after.
She lives in the foothills of North Carolina with her ridiculously hot and amazingly supportive husband, three kids that rock so hard there should be a national holiday for their awesomeness, two really stupid dogs and a plethora of Post-it notes with book ideas to last her until she’s 90.
Her childhood dream is realized in the fact that YOU have cause to read her bio. She hopes that one day, it lends her enough credibility to live out her second dream, which is to write an episode of Doctor Who.
Her personal mantra echoes that of Morticia Addams: “Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.”
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BOOK TOUR: Review: “Dreamscape: Saving Alex” by Kirstin Pulioff

Dreamscape by Kirstin PulioffA review by Domoni.

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Alex is angry. Just when she feels like everything is going right, her parents are making her move. Not in three months like they had planned, but tomorrow. The plan was to wait until Winter break. Her dad moved first to set things up and Alex and her mom were going to follow later. Now she has one last night at home and she isn’t ready. It isn’t fair. She doesn’t want to leave her friends and to make things worse, Brian, the boy she is crazy about finally noticed her and asked her to the dance.

When Alex’s best friend Natalie comes for a sleep over to help her pack her room they unearth an old video game in Alex’s closet. Dreamscape used to be their favorite game. They have all the cheat codes and shortcuts memorized. After playing the game through, Natalie falls asleep but a groggy Alex wants to have one more go at it. Her overtired brain hits a wrong button and suddenly a golden glow is sucking Alex into the game. Cheat codes won’t help her here as the only way to get home is to join the rebellion, save the queen and beat the game.

I really enjoyed this book. The writing was excellent and the flow kept me interested. Alex is a typical teen who is angry at her parents and that made a few recurring appearances throughout the story though I felt the author could have managed it more consistently. There are scenes that happen in Dreamscape that help Alex begin to understand some of the choices and reactions her parents have had, but I feel if the author had given those scenes a little more information and added a couple more it would have made more sense. As they were entered few and far between they almost became pointless.

The romance aspect was well done. Arrow is a well-developed character. His role could have become cliché but I feel as though he played the perfect mixture of leader and companion without relying too heavily or negating the “hero” role Alex is to play. The scenery and challenges the characters had to travel through were well written and easily came alive in my mind.

The only thing keeping me from giving this story five stars is the ending. It was very abrupt. Yes, the story wraps up but I wanted a little more to happen to make the whole adventure in Dreamscape relate to Alex’s life outside the game.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

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Welcome to the tour for Dreamscape: Saving Alex by Kirstin Pulioff. This is a young adult contemporary fantasy.
 
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Dreamscape: Saving Alex by Kirstin Pulioff
Sixteen-year-old Alexis Stone is used to getting away from life’s frustration with Dreamscape, a video game she’s loved since childhood. As her family prepares to move, a sleepy night of gaming pulls her into the world like never before. Trapped in Dreamscape’s realm, Alex is about to learn that being a hero has consequences… and this time, the stakes are deadly. Will helping the rebellion cost her everything she knows and loves? Or will she betray them to save her own life?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart. Born and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) with a degree in Forest Management. Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in the foothills of Colorado, and enjoys being a stay at home mom. When she’s not writing an adventure, she’s busy living one.She loves to hear from readers and fans. Please connect with her on any of her sites:
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GIVEAWAY
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The author will be giving away the following to 11 winners of the below Rafflecopter.  The giveaway ends May 27th.

  • $50 Amazon or Paypal gift card (INT)
  • 5 custom made necklaces
  • 3 custom Dreamscape bookmarks
  • 2 custom Dreamscape zipper pulls (US)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.