Here is another author that I had the pleasure meeting at Once Upon A Book. I cannot wait until next year to actually meet her and talk with her kinda go a little overboard-fan-girl crazy... I'll try not to make too much of a scene...
I read this book in no time and I really enjoyed it. I will say, at first I was getting upset with the book because it is written in many different viewpoints. Each chapter is from a different character's point of view from the last. The reason I was upset with it is that I would have to finish reading the next person's story to get to the next when really I just wanted to continue on with the first person's story. However, as I went through, I loved the way that the story came together in the end. I felt that if you changed the layout and just had the story from one viewpoint then the story would have lost some of its flow and appeal, which is not at all what I was expecting. I love that you got to see what was going on with all the characters and got to see what they were thinking from a detailed view.
This book is heavily paranormal and right up my alley of what I love to read. I love that the main characters are girls and they are kick-ass and really do not have too much help trying to get things done themselves. However they would take the help of others which makes them seem humble and relatable.
There may be some SPOILERS to follow, and for that I am sorry...
Rachel is the "main" character in the first half of the book. She is a human who was kidnapped. She was locked away for sometime because they were testing her with a drug. This drug caused her to change which is why I loved her. The book took a crazy turn and she had to use her new found gift on other paranormal beings. She did not want to be told what to do and this is where Bastine came into the story. Bridget wrote him into the story very nonchalant and then all of a sudden you are rooting for him and Rachel. As a heads up, things get a little hot a heavy... Something I would not let just anyone read.
The second half of the book is in mainly Winter's viewpoint. Winter is a Fae. She has been exiled from the Fae World. She is of the Seelie and Unseelie. Winter comes to the aid of a little girl that Rachel has saved from the compound and in turns finds herself with a very unlikely partner that she so happens to take a fancy to: a vampire Lord named Varian. I feel that Winter's story could have gone on longer, but it does leave you wanting more and gives a slight cliff hanger that will make you want to grab the second book. I know I am already in the works of reading the second book, and will be heading onto the third as soon as I am done.
I think that for this book, we will go with a Oreo cupcake, a hybrid of sorts it's already cake, and then you are adding cookies mmmm... Yum. This idea was inspired by a friend that asked me to do this for her wedding cake. So I made it happen and it has been a big hit. Check out the tasty morsels tab and get the full recipe and the photos tab for the pictures of these amazing cupcakes You will not be disappointed.
Mary Ting, what can I say... I can start by saying sorry. Sorry that I have met you at 3 or so books events and have only just now read a book by you. I am extremely mad at myself for letting work and everyday life get in the way of me not reading your work.
Mary Ting has an amazing way with words that you are captured by the story. I have never really read any paranormal books that were about angels and I found that I really liked what I was reading. Her characters were well developed and allowed you to have a connection and felt like you knew who they were. You felt the love that Michael and Claudia's were building for one another. Even though the love was forbidden, you wanted to witness the love happen. Why do we always want something we cannot have so much? (Maybe I do like romance books more than I say I do.)
In this story Claudia is just a normal teenage girl who has had a relatively normal life. She was the daughter of a widowed mother, who worked to make sure that she was well kept for. She had a Gamma who looked out for her. She was not her true grandmother but an adoptive one. She had many close friends.
One day, everything changed when her friend passed away. She has "dreams", where she was on a road that was surrounded by a vast field. She didn't know it really was not a dream, and that it was an actual place, nor was she aware she had been there before. In one of the "dreams", her life changed when Davin put his arms around her to help her from not falling down because she had tripped. At that moment she had been marked: the Fallen were after her. Though they did not know that they were after her, they had a feeling that they would be so they went to Halo City to talk with Philip to come up with a plan to keep her safe.
Michael is a nephilim: half human and half angel, just like the others that are in Halo City. He had become her guardian angel. He was nervous because he was not allowed to have human feelings and he had already had some feelings for Claudia. Their love was forbidden.
Claudia is faced with trials that no regular human can go through. Luckily she has an angel to help her along the way. She also had help from a loved one that knew along all that she would be the chosen one. There is a dark family secret that someone was trying very hard to keep.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a young adult paranormal romance. And while you are snuggled up on the couch reading this book you can have a slice of the Heavenly Cake recipe that I have. Check it out on the Tasty Morsels page or click here. This cake is not only heavenly but its not terrible for you. Also did I mention that its only 2 ingredients.... can you say super easy!