Jaime Reviews ~ Nightfall by Jake Helpern, Peter Kujawinski

By Jake Halpern, Peter Kujawinski
Published on September 22, 2015
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
A story where edge-of-your-seat horror meets post-apocalyptic thriller, perfect for fans of Lois Lowry and The Mazerunner

Night is coming.

On Marin’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours--it comes every twenty-eight years. Each sunset, the townspeople sail to the south, where they wait out the long Night. None of the adults will tell Marin, Kana, or their friend Line exactly what happens when they leave the island, but when the three are accidentally left behind in the gathering dusk, they learn the truth: at Night, their town belongs to others, and those others want them gone.

Fleeing through the now-alien landscape that used to be their home, the three confront shocking transformations and uncomfortable truths about themselves.  They are challenged to trust one another or perish. Marin, Kana, and Line must find their way off the island . . . before the Night finds them.


And the verdict is....

 I was immediately attracted to this because of the cover, and the premise sounds right up my alley. Edge-of-your-seat thriller just speaks to me. So, I jumped all over the chance to review this one. Sadly, while not a bad book at all, it just wasn't what I was expecting.

 Marin's Island is in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by ocean and forest. It is a very isolated town, and its people are steeped in seriously weird traditions. We jump into the story right when Night is falling in earnest now. It will stay night for 14 years, after the 14 year period of daytime. The people of the island leave when night falls, and they have a ton of strange rituals to perform, leaving the town as it once was. Marin and Kana, brother and sister, and their friend Line all think the elders are ridiculous, but they have no choice but to follow along. They are busy getting ready for Night to fully fall, and preparing to leave the island, when it is discovered that Line has gone missing. The boats are leaving soon, and Marin cannot leave without finding Line. So she and Kana take off in search of him. They have no idea what lays in wait for them, when they get back to the shore, Line in tow, and the boats are gone. Thus starts the most harrowing, fearful journey of their lives. 

 Let me start by saying that I did enjoy the story. The world-building was unique and interesting, and the mystery of the island was a surprise. Marin, Kana and Line are good characters, and I enjoyed watching their harried attempts at escape, and the personal fears and growths each one went through during the story. The slight romance between Marin and Line was sweet, if not very sexy and the relationship between Marin and Kana was strained, for reasons that we eventually see. The three come together well in the end, and it amounts to an exciting escape.  

 I feel like maybe the target audience for Nightfall might be a little more MG than YA, personally. That doesn't make it a bad story, in the least, just not what I was expecting.  I was hoping for the creeps, heebie jeebies and non-stop fear. There was some of that, especially towards the end, just not to the extreme that I was hoping for. So, this is definitely more of a case of me being at fault, not the book. The writing was good, characterization on par, and the world-building great. I was just hoping for something else. 

 I would absolutely recommend this one, without hesitation however, to middle graders, and younger ya's. Or even older YA's, who might not like the creepy to the nth degree that I do. 

 Thanks to Around the World ARC Tours for providing me with a copy of Nightfall for review! 



Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older ~ Tour Review & Giveaway by Jaime!



By Daniel Jose Older
Published on June 30, 2015
Published by Arthur A Levine Books
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Cassandra Clare meets Caribbean legend in SHADOWSHAPER, an action-packed urban fantasy from a bold new talent. 

Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra's near-comatose abuelo begins to say "No importa" over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep.... Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.

Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order's secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick's supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family's past, present, and future.



And the verdict is.....

 This was definitely one of the most unique and interesting and DIVERSE books that I have read in all of my 32 years. And it was truly an impressive work of art! Thank you to Rockstar Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of this incredible tour! 

 Sierra Santiago is an artist. She loves working on her latest piece, the current being on a huge tower in the middle of the "Junklot". She knows how to draw, what she wants to draw, and that she WILL draw. But she has no idea what she is truly capable of. At home one day, her normally incoherent abuelo starts talking to her, in full sentences, telling her that he is sorry. Sierra has no idea what he is talking about, but soon she finds out. And holy cow, what a turn her life will take! 

 This book is so interesting, so unique (as I think I may have mentioned!), that I do not want to spoil it for you. It makes it incredibly hard to write this review, because I want to mention all of the things that made this book so special. But I think it is definitely best to go into this urban fantasy blind. Isn't it always?! I can however tell you that Sierra is a wonderful MC. Smart, funny, snarky! She has an amazing group of friends surrounding her, willing to help her, no matter the danger. Bennie, Tee, Nydia, Jerome and Izzy, her brother Juan and her mom Maria. There is also Robbie, the nerdy guy who loves to draw, who turns out to be someone that Sierra can count on, to protect her, make her laugh. There friendship turns into a romance, but it is not the focus of the story. It is a fantastic side-story though! 

 I really and truly enjoyed Shadowshaper. I think it is a great book for teens, and the not-so-teens like myself. Its very clean, and nothing but fun! I love the different cultures and races represented! My only issue, and it is minor, is that I had to look up some of the words because I don't speak the language. Totally worth it! 

 Two final things: If the Cassandra Clare reference scares you, DON'T let it. I didn't get the reference, personally. And two, THAT COVER! :)

 That is all! An easy 4 stars! 

About the Author

Daniel José Older is the author of the upcoming Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015) and the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, which begins in January 2015 withHalf-Resurrection Blues from Penguin’s Roc imprint. Publishers Weekly hailed him as a “rising star of the genre” after the publication of his debut ghost noir collection, Salsa NocturnaHe co-edited the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History and guest edited the music issue of Crossed Genres. His short stories and essays have appeared in Tor.comSalonBuzzFeed, the New Haven Review, PANK, Apex and Strange Horizons and the anthologies Subversion and Mothership: Tales Of Afrofuturism And Beyond. Daniel’s band Ghost Star gigs regularly around New York and he facilitates workshops on storytelling from an anti-oppressive power analysis. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic and hear his music atghoststar.net/ and @djolder on twitter.



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6/29/2015- Romancing the Dark SideExcerpt
6/30/2015- The Best Books EverReview
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7/6/2015- Book BriefsReview
7/7/2015- Pieces of WhimsyExcerpt
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Cover Reveal ~ Love, Always by Sonya Loveday & Candace Knoebel ~ By Jaime!

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TITLE: Love Always,
Authors: Sonya Loveday & Candace Knoebel
COVER DESIGN: Najla Qamber Designs
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: August 25th, 2015


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I’ve met boys like him before. Rich. Bored. Always wearing a silver-spooned smile. But there is something different about him that piques my curiosity. The way he looks at me, like he is staring through the bars of a gilded cage he’s never left. Like he is one breath away from suffocating beneath a mound of responsibilities. He is different from the rest because he doesn’t wear his money… his money wears him. I just don’t think he knows it yet.
She’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. She’s everything I’ve never been able to be. Carefree. Whimsical. A dreamer. Her laugh is infectious. She is irresistible. I can’t help but be drawn to her with an intensity that steals my breath and muddles my senses. I want to know her, need to know her, but how can I allow myself that liberty when I don’t have the freedom to make my own choices? Phillip and Maggie think they have it all. Even though they come from opposite backgrounds, they each have bright futures paved out, with no distractions holding them back. Until the fateful day they meet each other. After a brief, adventurous time together in The Hamptons, Maggie and Phillip find themselves saying goodbye just as the spark of love flashes intensely between them. Can their budding connection be enough to survive the pulling tides of change, or will they drift apart before they even have a chance to explore what could have been?
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The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2)

By Mary E. Pearson
Published on July 7th 2015
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Source: Publisher
Intrigue abounds in this hotly anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception!

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there's Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country... and her own destiny.


Wow.  Wow wow wow.  So I read book one (and re-read it prior to Heart of Betrayal)- the first book in this series BLEW me away.  I had never been so tricked by a book before.  I had very high expectations coming into Heart of Betrayal and I am so happy to say that I was not let down in the slightest.

Heart of Betrayal picks up right where the first book ends.  Lia, Rafe, and Kaden has discovered each other's true identities (or have they?) and Kaden is taking the to see the Komizar (aka ruler aka big baddie).  One thing that I really love about Pearson's writings- when you read about someone you should hate, you REALLY hate them.  I love the emotion that she brings out in me when I read a book.

I don't want to get too into the romantic aspects of this book- many games are being played throughout the second book. Every word that Lia says, every action she takes, could mean life or death for not only herself but for Rafe too.

I will comment shortly on the end of the book- not stereotypical AT ALL!  I am loving where the author is going with the story.  I did not expect the end of this book and I need 2016 to be here so I can read the third book.

If you were afraid that the second book might be lacking- fear not.  This book is fierce and it will be in my re-read shelf for many years.


Jaime Reviews ~ Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall

By Sandy Hall
Published on October 20, 2015
Published by Swoon Reads
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
The author of A Little Something Different brings you the most adorkable romance ever.

Jane, a superstitious fangirl, takes an anonymous babysitting job to avoid an unpaid internship with her college-obsessed mom. The only problem? She’s babysitting the siblings of her childhood friend and new crush, Teo. 

Teo doesn’t dislike Jane, but his best friend Ravi hates her, and is determined to keep them apart. So Teo’s pretty sure his plans for a peaceful summer are shot. His only hope is that his intermittent search for his birth father will finally pan out and he’ll find a new, less awkward home. Meanwhile, at Jane’s house, her sister Margo wants to come out as bisexual, but she’s terrified of how her parents will react.

In a summer filled with secrets and questions, even Jane’s Magic 8 ball can’t give them clear answers, but Signs Point to Yes.



And the verdict is...

 This is one very cute, quick read! I read Signs Point to Yes in no time, and smiled the whole way. It wasn't perfect, and is probably better suited to middle graders or young YA's, but regardless, it was fun!

 Jane's mom wants her to go to college, to have a plan for her future. She wants Jane to be more like her smart older sister, Margo. Jane doesn't know if she even WANTS to go to college, and she definitely doesn't want to intern at the college where her mom works. So instead of sitting at home reading and writing fan-fiction all summer like she would love to, Jane gets a job. Babysitting. And who is the brother of the 3 young girls she will be watching? Her old friend, Teo. Awkward!

 Signs Point to Yes follows Jane during her summer, watching the girls, learning secrets about her "perfect" older sister, Margo... and the burgeoning friendship, possibly more, with Teo. Cuteness definitely abounds, but also lessons about learning who you are and who you want to be as you grow up. Jane learns to stand on her own two feet, with the help of Teo and Margo, and they learn some things from her, too. Jane also realizes she is not the dumb one in the family just because she wants to do different things with her life, and Teo is a huge part of that. Teo also learns some very hard news, and has to be rescued from himself by Jane and Ravi and Margo. The romance that blooms between Jane and Teo is very mild, and sweet. 

 Despite it being a little on the young side for me, I did enjoy this book very much. It was a great retreat from the real world. My only complaint was the simplistic writing style, but as I said earlier, I think it would be perfect for a younger set of YA's or MG's. 


 Signs Point to Yes is a very clean, very cute story with minimal language. Thanks to Around the World ARC Tours for providing me a copy for review! 


3 Stars!!!

BLOG TOUR: Consumption

By Heather Herrman [ Website | Facebook | Twitter ]
Published on May 26th 2015
Published by Hydra
Source: Publisher/Blog Tour
For fans of Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Sarah Langan comes a thrilling new vision of American horror. In Heather Herrman’s heart-pounding debut novel, evil is ready to feed—and it’s got one hell of an appetite.

In the wake of tragedy, John and Erma Scott are heading west in search of a new life. So when car trouble strands them in sleepy Cavus, Montana, they decide to stay for a while, charmed by the friendly residents and the surrounding ambiance. Here, they hope, is the healing balm that their marriage needs.

Then John and Erma find themselves in a fight not just to save their marriage, but their very lives. For this is no ordinary town. Its quiet streets conceal a dark and bloody secret that has slumbered for centuries. Now, that secret is awake . . . and it’s hungry.

Like a slow infection, evil is spreading through Cavus. Soon John and Erma—along with the local sheriff, an undocumented immigrant, a traumatized teenage girl, and an old man with terrible secrets of his own—must join together to battle an all-consuming force that has set its sights on its prey: the entire human race.

If you know me as a reader, you know that I love myself a good horror novel.  Like, sure, I will read dystopian stuff and historical fiction and suspense and psychological thrillers until the cows come hope.

But give me a good, gory horror novel and I am sold.

Consumption hit all those marks for me -- the slow creeping fear of wondering what's going on and when the other shoe is going to drop, and then the all-out mayhem as all hell breaks lose.  I am not one who gets creeped out easily, but this definitely was a book I tried to read in the bright of day.  The dark, foreboding scenes where you know something bad is going to happen aren't necessarily great bedtime stories.

In Consumption, we get several stories that all end up coming together.  There's the modern day Cavus, with unhappy visitors John and Erma just trying to get through the night so they can get themselves back on the road.  And then there's the story of old Cavus and the evil that lurks in it, which we discover largely through flashbacks and the journal entries from someone who happened to be around in Cavus a very, very long time ago.

In ways, I thought the backstory/journal section was the weakest, only because it disrupted the flow of the story, forcing you to pause and backtrack.  Then again, I don't know of a better way to have gotten the information across, and knowing the horror that's going to befall Cavus before the story ever gets to that point is good enough to keep you nice and worried.

The story flows very easily and aside from the jump to the past to get the backstory, is always moving forward towards the inevitable. The cast of characters is easy to keep track of, and they're all given their own personalities and flaws. No one is perfect in Consumption; they're just all trying to stay alive.

Some notes for readers - aside from your typical zombie-style violence (gore, death, bodily horror), the book also includes a subplot involving a woman having a miscarriage, infidelity, animals and children in peril, one reference/threat of abuse to a child, and a subplot involving a much older woman wanting to be involved with a teenage boy.  I would say that this is definitely a book for more mature readers and people with strong stomachs.

Thanks to TLC Tours for having us on their tour!

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An Absence of Light by Meradeth Houston ~ Tour Review & Giveaway ~ By Jaime!




By Meradeth Houston
Published on October 31, 2014
Published by Evernight Teen
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Leah’s always seen the shadow creatures. She thought she was immune to their evil—until now.

She’s walked into a massacre, stolen a BMW, and is running from the law for a crime she didn’t commit. Nineteen-year-old Leah’s life just went from mildly abnormal to totally crazy at lightning speed. But no one will believe that the shadow creatures are framing her for the murder, because she’s the only one that can see them. At least that’s what she thought.

When Leah stumbled across a group who share her ability, she discovers they have something she doesn’t: a way to fight back. When the group offers to teach her how to kill the shadow creatures, Leah jumps at the chance. But something is brewing with the creatures. They’re tracking down the hunters like there’s no tomorrow. Leah suspects that maybe there won’t be, and it’s up to her to make sure tomorrow comes. Because she’ll do anything to stop the shadows, including risking her life—and the life of the one she loves—to keep the world from being lost to darkness forever.




Review

  An Absence of Light does not start off lightly, easing you into the story and Lee's world. HECK no! It starts off with a heartbreaking BANG, and Lee having to run away from everything that she has ever known. Running from the Shadows. She doesn't know what they are exactly, but she knows what they can do. She has since she was a little girl. Now, they have done the unthinkable, and Lee blames herself for it. She vows that she will have revenge, and prevent the Shadows from doing to someone else what they have done to her.

 After running from her home, with no clothes or money or anything, Lee ends up stealing a car and driving as far and as fast as she can. She ends up running out of gas at a mechanics shop. Here, she meets Manuel and Adam, and she thinks she may finally have found the means to exact her revenge. She might end up finding more than she bargained for though. The Shadows are changing, their behavior becoming more aggressive. What does it mean? And what could Lee possibly have to do with it? 

 I truly enjoyed this story. It was very fast-paced, and I enjoyed learning more about the shadows. Lee was  a great character. She has lost everything, but she doesn't give up. She fights. She has a wry, sarcastic voice, and I found it endearing! Manuel was a ray of sunshine in the story, as was Nana. I enjoyed their roles in the story, and what they meant to Lee. Adam at first was not so easy to love. He was closed off, and distant. But as the story progressed, I started to like him more and more. The Shadows were awful, creepy things!

 The Shadows, the darkness was the main focus of the story, which I appreciated. Romance was a part of the story, but it never overshadowed (ha) what the story was meant to be. As I said, this one is quick paced, and definitely interesting. While at times, it was a bit predictable, I just didn't care. I was enjoying it too much. And there was a nice twist to look forward to!

 Great story, easily recommended. So recommend it I will! Go ahead and give this one a shot. I think it might just surprise you! 


About the Author


 Meradeth’s never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her:

>She’s a Northern California girl. And now is braving the cold winters in Montana.
>When she’s not writing, she’s sequencing dead people’s DNA. For fun!
>She’s also an anthropology professor and loves getting people interested in studying humans.
>If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she’s terrified of heights.





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Everlost by Candace Knoebel Book Blitz & Giveaway ~ By Jaime!



By Candace Knoebel
Published on May 10, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult Fiction
One truth will unravel them all.

Faye Middleton thought the worst had come to pass the night she and her friends barely escaped from Ethryeal City and the clutches of the evil Priestess Clara. Officially shunned from the Coven, Faye is forced to lay low in order to come up with a plan to bring Clara down.

At Jaxen's childhood manor, they were supposed to be safe from any outside issues, and they were… until his long-lost mother shows up. Determined to win back what she lost so long ago, Evangeline reveals a secret that could shatter their beliefs, or be their saving grace. 

Now, with two Covens searching for Faye, they must find a way to start over. With the help of the Rebellion, they begin the arduous task of forming their own army. However, the choices they are faced with leave them questioning everything they've ever known.




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THIS ISN’T GOING TO END WELL.
She isn’t supposed to be here, outside this house, across the yard, staring at me like I’m a two-headed vampire about to suck the life from her veins. Her words aren’t supposed to be so intoxicating. Her gaze isn’t supposed to be the kind that glues you in place, turning your brain to mush and your instincts to that of a moth to a flame.
Evangeline Gramm… the woman who escaped the infamous Gramm Curse. The mother who so easily abandoned her two boys. The Witch who has passed under the Primeval Coven’s radar longer than anyone ever thought possible.
She could be our worst nightmare… or she could be the key to finding our salvation.
I thought the worst had come to pass the night we barely escaped from Ethryeal City. We were officially shunned from the Coven under Clara’s orders, Jaxen had been wounded, and we weren’t any closer to bringing Clara down.
But none of that could touch the look on Jaxen’s face when he found his mother standing feet away from him, with an army we never saw coming behind her.
And I’m not sure what’s going to happen now. I’m not sure he’s ready to face his past… the same way I’m not ready to face my future.
But being born a Primeval means that pain isn’t an option—it’s a standard. We can’t escape it. There’s no silver lining in our line of work. There aren’t any small miracles that can relieve us from this hell.
There’s just fear and determination.
That’s it. That’s all we have to drive us forward.
I just hope this time we make it through.

About the Author

Candace Knoebel is the award-winning author of Born in Flames-book one in a young adult fantasy trilogy. She discovered in 2009 through lunch breaks and late nights after putting her kids to bed, a world where she could escape the ever-pressing days of an eight to five Purgatory. And an outlet for all the voices residing in her head. 

Published by 48fourteen in 2012, Born in Flames went on to win Turning the Pages Book of the Year award in February of 2013. In January of 2014, the last book in the trilogy, From the Embers, was released, thusly completing the trilogy. She now works on the Night Watchmen Series, while guzzling Red Bulls and pretending to be a ninja on Heelys.






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The Violet Hour by Brynn Chapman ~ Tour Review & Giveaway ~ By Jaime!




By Brynn Chapman
Published on April 11, 2015
Young Adult
Secrets. 

Allegra Teagarden, a musical prodigy, flees her father’s dominance and abuse while touring in pre-civil war Charleston, South Carolina. Plagued by depression over her mother’s suicide during their previous visit, she escapes in an effort to piece together the details behind her mother’s mysterious demise. 

Secrets. 

Down to her final coin, Allegra happens on Charleston’s Fancy, the first southern amusement park, which is searching for musicians for its orchestra. At first, the park seems her salvation; but she quickly realizes she has traded the dominance of her father, for the even more terrifying madness of the owner, Silas. 

And more secrets.

Allegra meets the dashing Brighton LeFroy, Fancy’s engineer and pyrotechnics master. His shabby clothing cannot conceal the brilliant mind beneath. The musician’s whisper he is a witch, is obsessed with storms, and is rumored...to fly. And despite the danger, despite her own misgivings, Allegra is inexplicable drawn to him. 

She ventures to his reclusive home on Fire Isle during a thunderstorm and together they seek to unravel an ancient mystery.



My Thoughts


 I read and absolutely ADORED Boneseeker by Brynn last year, and I vowed to read everything that Brynn Chapman writes from now on. It was honestly that good! When I saw the tour for The Violet Hour, I jumped all over it, without ever reading the synopsis. Didn't need to. It's Brynn Chapman! No wrong can be done! And I was right. I ADORED The Violet Hour. I will go ahead and apologize now for all previous and future exclamation points!!!

 So sorry about the delay in getting this review written. :( We have had some serious storms lately, and our power was out for almost 3 days, for the second time in as many weeks. Very frustrating. And very HOT without AC. Anyway, while I have power still *crossing fingers, knocking on wood*, here is my review!

 Allegra is in Charleston, SC, set to perform on stage, as her father demands since she is where his coin comes from, when she finally decides she has had enough. She runs, off the stage and into the crowded Charleston streets, and meets up with her lady's maid, Sarah and together with hardly anything between them, they start a new life. Allegra is a cello prodigy, and she finds herself a position at Charleston's Fancy, an amusement park for the wealthy ran by the evil Silas, playing in the orchestra. There, she meets Jonesy, who is her fast friend, and maybe a love interest for a certain ladies maid?! She also meets Mr. Lefroy, and she is instantly drawn to him. Allegra is hunted, and LeFroy is haunted, and together things are going to change in ways they never could have imagined.

 I am usually not a huge fan of historical fiction, but this is the second by Brynn Chapman that has sucked me in and held on tight, then spit me out the other side wanting MORE! Allegra was a fantastic character. Her father and brother are abusive, and horrible to her, especially after her mother passes. Then she finds herself at the mercy of Silas, who wants to own her and use her, as well. Yet, as frustrated and scared as she gets, she never gives up fighting. When she meets Brighton (LeFroy), she knows she ought to stay away, but she cannot even though he has secrets. Brighton was a very enigmatic character, and I loved that mystery that surrounded him. His and Allegra's romance seemed fast-moving, but it felt natural as well. I loved them together, and the things they were able to accomplish. Other characters side note: Sarah, Jonesy, Lucy and George (Brightons sister and brother) and Allegra's deceased mom all play large roles in the story, even when there parts are small, and they are all very well-written secondary characters.

 The sci-fi/fantasy part of the novel revolves around parallel dimensions. It was fascinating, how it came into play and the story behind its discovery. I loved this part of the book, but it is also where my one frustration lies. I wish there were MORE of it, and maybe a little more overall development with this aspect. I am hoping there will be a second book in the series, and it will be covered more in depth. Also, with that ending? How could that be the end? IT just CAN'T!

 Brynn Chapman has easily earned a spot in my favorite authors list, and I very much look forward to whatever she has for us next. Her writing is sharp, and smart and easily draws the reader in to the lives of the characters. Her characters are written with depth, and personality, relate-ability. I was pulled into this world, and could close my eyes and see the settings, the fancy-dressed well-to-do's oohing and aahing over the Fancy. I could feel Allegra's fear and worry and sadness, Brighton's anger and heartache and their combined hope. From beginning to end, The Violet Hour was just oh so good!

 I would absolutely, without a doubt recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction, science fiction and romance, one or all three! Thank you so much to YA Bound tours for allowing me to be a part of the tour! Looking forward to whats next, Ms. Chapman!

About the Author

Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love - not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs in the family, as does the Asperger's Syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society's downtrodden. In fiction, she's a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism. 



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