Sunday, April 28, 2013

Daughters of the Sea Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Welcome to my 1st stop on Daughters of the Sea Tour!! I am really excited about this because I have two great stops for this tour!! This one is my review of book 1, but on Tuesday I will have a great guest post by the author Kristen Day, which is awesome; you will definitely want to check it out and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom put on by the awesome author!!

Synopsis Book 1
Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you…

Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago.

Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her.
Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.

Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendents of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.

But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love.

She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesized to be a part of. The fate of all the descendents will forever depend upon it.
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Synopsis Book 2
The sacrifices we make have the power to shift the very fabric of who we are, and ultimately who we are meant to be…

After learning of her true destiny as the intended Leader of the Tydes, Anastasia Whitman must now embark on a perilous quest to the Underworld before the age of eighteen in order to plant the seed of immortality and complete her essence to become a true Sea Goddess. But before she can make her legendary journey, an unexpected new student transfers to Lorelei; initiating a sequence of events that will unravel Stasia’s new life, and test the boundaries of her relationship with the mysterious, dark, and sexy Finn Morrison. The line between the Underworld and the Living begins to blur as gruesome ghosts, morbid reveries, and pure evil haunt her waking hours as well as her sanity. Once the details of Finn’s own startling destiny are revealed, the dangerous secrets he’s been hiding will threaten the very love Stasia believed to be indestructible. As time begins to run out, she will be forced to choose between the one she loves and the destiny she cannot escape.
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Synopsis Book 3
The essence of who we are lies not in what we have, but in what we are willing to give up. Because in the end, Time and Tide wait for no one.

After sacrificing all that she had, the evil princess of the Underworld is still successful in her bid to tear Finn from Stasia’s life. In the midst of her search to reclaim him, Stasia is summoned to the island nation of Cyprus to take part in an age-old ritual; unveiling the missing pieces of her ancestry and re-igniting an ancient war. As she struggles to both save Finn’s soul and free Carmen’s mind, Stasia’s bravery and determination will be pushed to its breaking point. A dark storm is forming on the horizon, and the forces who are vying to destroy her may be much closer than she thinks. Destiny weaves a sticky web of evil, betrayal, and revenge that can only be undone by the purity of love and the soul’s unyielding will to survive. In the last installment of the Daughters of the Sea trilogy, the past will collide with the present as Stasia’s future hangs in the balance. The prophecy that paved the way for her new life may indeed be the very thing that strips her of the ones she loves the most.
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*Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

My Review of Forsaken Book #1

Hannah is not your typical Atlanta high society girl, she has nightmares, black outs and is the Whitman's charity case. When Hannah passes out during a high society event, her doctor's decide it is better to send her away to a special boarding school where she can be with teens who are like her. As Hannah adjusts to life at her new school, she discovers that there is more to her than meets the eye as well as those around her, and as she tries to unravel the truth of who she is, she inadvertently puts her life in danger. 

From the minute that I picked up Fosaken I was in love with Hannah. She was strong willed and refused to conform to the high society that surrounded her, she just wanted people to not think she was a freak. But unfortunately it wasn't in the cards for her, well at least not while she was in Atlanta. But once Hannah, or Anastasia as she is called now that she is at The House of Lorelei, is no longer a freak and finally feels like she is at home. 

Once at The House of Lorelei, Forsaken moved fairly quickly as the truth of who Anastasia was began to unravel. I absolutely loved the pacing, as there was never a dull moment. And I absolutely loved the characters and the world that Kristen Day created. I wanted to live in that world. I have read many books that focus on creatures of fantasy, but I haven't read many books that focus on fantasy creatures of the sea, who were not mermaids and this book made me fall in love with them!

Nothing in Kristen Day's world was unnecessary as each character and everything in the world tied directly into the story with nothing being revealed until absolutely necessary. Which left me frustrated at times, as I am impatient and didn't want to wait for the author to reveal the stories secrets. I felt strong ties to all the characters and I thought that they all felt real, and I could envision each and every one of them in a school setting as they hung out in their little cliques. Anastasia's group of friends kept me laughing throughout the book and Finn kept me drooling, questioning and curious as he was so dark and mysterious all the time, and always seemed to know more about Anastasia than she did. 

I loved everything about Forsaken and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a fresh look on the world of fantasy, with characters that are real, that come with dark pasts and that make you feel. Forsaken will take you on a crazy adventure through gods and goddesses and will introduce you to a side of the sea that you have never seen!

"When all of your defenses are stripped away, the only thing left is surrender. Only then can you see the true size of the burden a person carries. Only then can you see the toll it has taken on their soul." (Kindle, loc. 2241). 

There are so many beautiful moments in this book as Kristen Day has a wonderful way with words. This is just one moment of many deep and tender moments that can be found throughout this book. 

About the Author

I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I've been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).
 I am the author of the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA trilogy, which includes FORSAKEN, AWAKEN, and CHOSEN (Winter 2012). I love all books, but really enjoy writing young adult, paranormal romances. I've loved to write for as long as I can remember. My first published work was my poem RED in second grade (you guessed it - it was a poem about the color red - life altering, I know) that won me 5 gold stars and a spot in my elementary school's poetry book. That's when my addiction to the written word officially began. I was the only kid in fifth grade that actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Go ahead and laugh – it’s okay.
When I'm not writing I'm making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband. I graduated from Appalachian State University and dream of becoming a full time novelist.

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It's a Giveaway
Author is giving away:
A Finn necklace
Assorted swag made by Cassie’s Crafty Creations
An ebook set of the entire trilogy
Signed paperback set of the entire trilogy

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  1. Thanks so much Danielle!! 5 CUPCAKES!! Hmm...cupcakes... *pictures self actually devouring 5 cupcakes* I love your blog and I'm so glad you hosted the tour today! xoxo

    1. Thanks for stopping by Kristen! You know I happen to make some pretty mean cupcakes! ;) I'm glad I hosted today too, and I am looking forward to my stop on Tuesday!