Friday, August 5, 2011

Romancing Your Dark Side Tour Reviews

Today the Romancing Your Dark Side Tour began featuring 7 wonderful authors! The authors include B.K. Walker, author of Night Secrets, Jaz Primo, author of Sunrise to Sunset, Jennifer Sommersby, author of Sleight, Jamie Magee, author of Insight and Embody, A.Jacob Sweeny, author of Pulse of Heros, Stacey Kennedy, author of Whatnots and Doodads, and Amber Scott, author of Fierce Dawn.

Like I said the tour starts today and ends on October 31st. There will be tons of giveaways including e-books, print books, swag, virtual gift baskets, and the grand prize is a brand new Kindle! Comment on as many stops through out the tour for more chances to win! Every week a will let you know the schedule for that week so you won't miss anything.

The stops for August 5th to August 7th are:

August 5th: All of the authors will be together for the Kick Off Party and Giveaway- http://www.vbtcafe.com/
August 6th: Amber Scott and Jaz Primo- 1 of 3 authors Spotlighted at www.immortylcafe.com
August 7th: Stacey Kennedy, Jamie Magee, A. Jacob Sweeny, and Jennifer Sommersby- 1 of 3 authors Spotlighted & Giveaway at www.immortylcafe.com


I had the great opportunity to read some of the books for review and thought I would share them with you!

Author: B.K. Walker

Keara Crosby had the perfect life. Her family was not hurting for anything. When her parents are suddenly killed, Keara must learn to live without them. After mourning their death for two months, Keara starts to live again. She follows her favorite band, hangs with her best friend Jared, and falls for the new kid on the block.
When her favorite band is playing at Night Secrets, a new club downtown, she takes her first outing since her parents death and finds this mysterious boy watching her. Mesmerized by his lapus blue eyes, she can't help but feel drawn to him. Her body responds to him in ways she never thought possible, and she needs to figure out why. What is it about Channing that has her yearning for his touch?
Not only is Keara drawn to Channing, but the owner of Night Secrets seems to be drawn to her. Giving her special treatment, she can't help but wonder what he's hiding, and the sense she's seen him before. When she's attacked in the parking lot, her world turns inside out, literally. Keara will soon learn that secrets of the night, just may be the death of her.


My Review:

I really like B.K.'s writing style. I think I have read almost all of her books and I am always waiting for more. Once again she did not disappoint. When I started reading Night Secrets I didn't want to put it down. I felt like I was actually at club, seeing the band live, and watching all of the action around me. My favorite character is Buddha and I am so glad he will be a part of Keara's new world and I really love her aunt.
There is continuous action that will keep you reading and keep you guessing. I was really sad the way it ended. Such a cliffhanger! I can't wait for the next book cause I am curious to know what is going to happen. Will Keara stay with the very intriguing Channing or will she go with the mysterious Corbin. And what will happen with Corbin's brother? So many questions.
I recommend this book to everyone that is 18 or older and if you are under 18 than you should definitely check out her other books.

Author: Jennifer Sommersby
 

Her mom is dead.
Ghosts follow her around.
Her best friend is an elephant.
And she’s about to meet the biggest game changer of all: a boy. With a secret.
When circus-dwelling Gemma Flannery learns she will be attending public school for the first time in her seventeen years, little does she know that fitting in with her 12th-grade classmates will be the least of her concerns. A pro at hiding her knack for seeing the dead (“shades”), Gemma is grieving the recent suicide of her mentally ill mother, a process eased by the introduction of her first real love interest, the charming and painfully handsome Henry Dmitri, who is harboring his own collection of dangerous secrets. Together, they will be presented with a frightening challenge: to assume their roles as heirs to a 3000-year-old magical text, the AVRAKEDAVRA, a book the ├╝ber-rich, sleight-of-being master Lucian Dmitri would do anything to get his hands on. As each terrifying layer in her new reality melts away, Gemma unearths truths that her quiet, nomadic life with the Cinzio Traveling Players is not at all what she’d always cherished. Gemma and Henry must rely on each other to stop Lucian’s diabolical plotting that will bring the world to its tired, scab-riddled knees, and are sent on the flight of their young lives, to save themselves, their families, and the world from the darkest kind of destruction.
Let the chase begin.

My Review:

I fell in love with this book and got teary eyed in the first chapter. Actually, I was teary eyed through a lot of this book. It opens up at a funeral where Gemma is burying her mom. She didn’t know her mom all that well, besides the fact that she was crazy, and she doesn’t know who her dad is. So, Gemma got to full fill so many kid’s dreams and grew up in the circus! That’s not even the most interesting thing about her; the most interesting thing is, she can see shades (ghost).
The traveling circus that she is living with stays in one place for the first time for months and she has to start regular school for the very first time. She has never stayed in a place long enough to make close friends or fall in love. Her closed friends are two elephants and two acrobats. That all changes when she meets Henry Dmitri and it was love at first sight.
Everything is going great until one day she sees a letter comes for her with her Mother’s writing on it and the people that she is closest to hides it from her. She suddenly realizes that almost everyone around her is keeping secrets from her and she stops at nothing to uncover the truth but is it something she really wants to know? Once the secrets are brought to life the action doesn’t stop.
When you first look at this book you may think to yourself, “Wow, this is a long story.” But once you start reading it and the more you get involved with it you realize it’s not long enough especially at the end.
Jennifer knows how to suck the readers in and make them feel part of the story every step of the way. I can’t wait for the second one to come out; I am dying to know what happens next. I recommend this to everyone.


Author: Jaz Primo

My name is Katrina Rawlings, and I am a vampire. I declare that with neither pride nor ego. I am simply nature’s most dangerous predator. On occasion, it’s a very valuable quality. It helped me protect Caleb Taylor one day when he was very young. But that single, traumatic day is behind him now; wiped from his memory, or so I hope.
Caleb has finally matured into a rather striking young man, and believe me, I like what I see. I’ll readily admit that there are issues for us to confront and overcome, though a sense of mutual commitment isn’t one of them. I’m feeling hopeful for our future together, in fact. But an adversary from my past has returned to haunt me, and she’s trying to get back at me through Caleb. That was her first...and last...mistake. I’ll protect my Caleb at all costs, and I’ll make her regret the day she was born.
So, I suppose that I’m not just a vampire. I’m about to become someone’s worst nightmare!



My Review:

I usually try to rush through most prologues in books because they don't hold my attention. But once I started reading this prologue I was hooked. It's not that often that the first thing you read is a vampire trying to commit suicide and then running into a little angel.
This book is about a strong minded female vampire, Katrina, who knows she should leave the human male, Caleb, that saved her alone but can't. And in turn puts Caleb's life in danger. She does everything that she can to protect him and sometimes goes a little too far. To add to the protection she has some other vampire friends to come help. And that's when my favorite character, Paige Turner, comes in. The hysterical babysitter/sister.
The story flows very well. There is on the edge of your seat danger, I wish I had that romance, I need a tissue sad, and laugh my butt off funny moments. I only have two complaints about this book. In some parts Katrina seemed more like a mother to Caleb than a lover/girlfriend. The only way I could justify the motherly actions while reading was that she was just trying to protect Caleb and at times it was to much like a mother would do.
The second complaint was that Katrina didn't open up to Caleb the way I wish she would have. Caleb opened up to her and put his life and heart into her hands but to me she couldn't do the same. I know she is afraid to tell him about their past that they share (that he doesn't remember) but other things about herself I wish she would have opened up more.
All in all this is a very good read. I really enjoyed it and I can't wait the for the sequel to see what happens. I recommend this book to everyone!


 Author: Jaz Primo

Katrina Rawlings is a vampire who has finally rediscovered happiness for the first time in centuries. But unwanted complications erupt with a vengeance. Decisions of necessity combined with dark memories from a forgotten past threaten her relationship with the love of her life. When a sacrifice must be made, can she endure her decision?
Caleb Taylor's life is finally back on track. He has rebounded from a near mortal injury, both physically and emotionally. Yet, his reality is shaken by the suggestion of a betrayal of trust from the woman he loves. Can the power of love overcome the power of a lie?
Paige Turner is a century old vampire who fearlessly revels in a simple existence pursuing blood, dancing, and sex. Simple needs, and all met in the same manner: hot, fast, and without regrets. But a spontaneous visit leads to heartfelt sacrifice, and unexpected complications strike fear to the core of her soul. Will she survive the revelations?
In the exciting second installment of the Sunset Vampire Series, a trust is betrayed, bonds of friendship are strained, relationships may end, and a tenuous neutrality among the world's vampire population is threatened. With stakes so high, some will not survive A Bloody London Sunset!

My Review:

When it comes to prologues Jaz never lets me down. I am always fascinated with them. In the first book the prologue had a vampire that almost commits suicide and in the second one there is a recap of a previous fight with blood and a rolling head. Yes, blood and gore captures me.
In A Bloody London Sunset we are thrown back into Caleb and Kat’s romance. Kat is still feeling guilty and refuses to feed from Caleb because of her accidental attack towards him. Caleb is trying to come up with a way for them to become closer and give her alpha vampire side some fun.
Caleb comes up with the wonderful game of Find Caleb. Which I love. Everything works out well and they both enjoy it until one night while playing another vampire attacks. Needless to say that did not go over well with Kat.
Are favorite friends are back including my favorite Paige Turner. I love her. She is scary and funny all in one package. I also love how she looks out for Caleb. Their relationship is very cute. The only problem is, is that Paige has more then friendly feelings for Caleb and needs to come to terms that there will be nothing but a friendship.
Back to the main characters. They take a trip to London and then the adventure begins. Lies, fighting, mistrust, and murder. What more could you ask for?
I can’t wait for the next book! Will Caleb become a vampire? What will happen with him and Kat? What will happen with Kat, Caleb, and Paige? Will we meet other Vamps? So many questions!
I recommend this to everyone 18 and older


Author: Jamie Magee

Before that fateful summer night, Willow had balanced the insight of emotion, and the vivid images. That night, the figure in her nightmare marked her wrist with a star, giving her father no choice but to tell Willow a family secret that would abruptly change life, as she knew it, forever. Before Willow had time to absorb the shock of her father's secret, her soul mate that had shared every stunning dream with her, found her, and darkness captured her closest friends. In order to save them, she must weave through broken myths and the undeniable power of the Zodiac. In the end, Willow discovers that at the moment of our birth we are all given a divine gift.
My Review:

Jamie Magee's imagination will suck you right in. Insight involves astrology, other dimensions, past lives, fate, dangerous encounters, and most of all love. I didn't want to put the book down and when I did I couldn't stop thinking about it.
All the characters are easy to follow and connect with. The dialogue of the story makes you feel like you are right there in the middle of it. The message that I got out of reading this is that your destiny may be written out for you but you have the power to change it.
If you are looking for something new to read than I definitely recommend Insight.
I will leave you with my new saying " I live in Infante. I want to live in Chara, but I truly belong in Neime." If you want to find out what I am talking about then read this great book. You will not regret it!!


Author: Jamie Magee

Not many Scorpio’s are known for their patience, and Willow Haywood is no different. Her only desire is to love Landen Chambers and redeem the lost souls of Esterious, but the path to that desire is long, dark and dangerous...
Before Willow’s life had a chance to balance the sudden revelations and grief she had to endure to get to Chara a disturbing discovery is made. A photo, one that shows Willow blissfully embracing the flawless image of Drake Blakeshire; giving her not only proof that she had lived before, but that she had loved him.
Running away from the memory of Drake’s hypnotizing touch, and the prophecy set before her seemed like the logical thing to do. That is, until a dark dream reignites her passion to save the hopeless dimension of Esterious. Willow struggles to find patience – to learn everything she needs to know before she faces Drake again, but her eagerness is dangerous and one step in the wrong direction takes everything and everyone away from her – the only way to survive this trial is for Willow to remember who she is and what she really wants out of this life. The question is….can she do that?


My Review:

When I was offered to read this for a review I was excited. I was eager to jump back in to Jamie's world of strings, other demsions, and true love. Just so you know I was not disappointed.
Willow and Landen has just gotten over their first stand off with Drake and are now preparing for another one. While preparing for this next trail Willow and Landen spend more time with the ever loving and adorable Preston and Libby. The two young children teach Willow and Landen a new ability that will make them and all of their friends and family stronger. But learning this ability it also brings more danger and they find out exactly what kind of danger it can bring.
During this new trail that has to do with the orbit of Mercury and communication Willow and Landen bring together a new love. Willow learns a little bit more about her past lives and has to make risky choices that can jeopardize her and Landen's relationship.
While reading this sequeal to Insight I went through a roller coaster of emotions. I laughed, cried, got mad, was shocked and was filled with joy; any emotion you can think of I probably felt. Jamie knows how to pull her readers into the story and make them feel apart of it. From every detail to every emotion you feel like you are standing right in the middle of it. Insight was my number 1 YA book of 2010 and it looks as though Embody will be my number 1 of 2011.
If you haven't read Insight yet then get on it! And if you have then wait till you dive into Embody.

3 comments:

  1. I'm so happy that I get to be a part of a blog tour with so many fantastic authors!

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  2. Very nice reviews! Makes me want to hop out a buy a book or two ;-) Thanks for the tour!

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