Wednesday, February 13, 2013

*Tour+Giveaway* Dark Promise by Julia Crane & Talia Jager

Title: Dark Promise
Pages: 176 (e-book format)
Release Date: July 28th, 2012
Publisher: Valknut Press LLC
Event organized by: AToMR Tours
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Rylie has it all - great friends, dream boy, loving family. But on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, her perfect little world shatters. A stranger claiming to be her real mother appears with a secret: Rylie is a faery whose powers will be unleashed on her birthday. Captured and forced into a new life, Rylie struggles to keep everything she loves and discovers a terrifying truth: some promises cannot be broken.

My Review

Writing Style:
I would describe Dark Promise as a quick, cutesy, light read. The story was easy to follow, sometimes a bit too simple. To be honest it read like a short story, only providing the most important details while leaving you craving for more. The world building in this novel was marvelous. I could easily envision the vast beauty of the fae world, so mystical and breathtaking. I adored the character dialogues, especially the humor of Rylie. The plot of the story started off a bit slow but gained momentum towards the middle. I will say it kept my interest up until the very last page. I plan on checking out more books written by Julia Crane and Talia Jager, including their individual novels. I am curious to see how their writing differs because they make quite an impressive team.

My Opinion: 
The story is told through the voice of a 16-year-old named Rylie. She is living the normal teenager life: perfect boyfriend, an awesome best friend, good grades, and great parents. Well normal until the day she turned 16. That faithful day her life is turned upside down. She wakes up with a set of beautiful wings and pointed ears. To make matters worse, a deal that was made when she was born may force her to give up everything she has ever loved. (And I thought my life was crappy sometimes)

Dark Promise is geared towards a younger crowd. (15 and younger) I have no problem with that because I love YA fiction but if you’re looking for something a bit more “adult” this book is NOT for you. I wish I could have discovered this book in my teen years because I would have been floored by it. I am in no way saying I did not enjoy it, because I did. However, I feel I would have had a greater connection to the story if I was still a young teenager. 

At first I was annoyed with Rylie. I had to refrain from screaming at her to grow the hell up. As the story progressed I formed a bond with her. Her reactions and emotions were completely understandable and believable… I am pretty positive I would have responded the same way she did. Or at least I hope I would. She turned out to be an amazing character! I am excited to see what other surprises she will face in her life.

I wish I could share more details but I am afraid that I may spoil the story. I will be reading the next book in this series because I already miss the dazzling world it took me to.  I encourage you to check out this wonderful novel because it will leave you feeling truly magical.

The Giveaway
*this giveaway has been provided by the authors & AToMR Tours for this entire tour*

The Prizes include: 

5 e-book copies of Dark Promise 
3 signed copies of Dark Promise 
$20 Amazon Giftcard
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About The Authors

 When Talia isn’t hiding in the bathroom from her six children munching on a chocolate bar, she enjoys hiking the red rocks in Utah or sitting on the beach with a Kindle in her hands and her toes in the ocean.

Talia has written a number of books for young adults, including Damaged: Natalie’s Story, Teagan’s Story: Her Battle With Epilepsy, If I Die Young, Secret Bloodline, Lost and Found, and The Gifted Teens Series.

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Julia crane is the author of the Coexist: Keegan’s Chronicles. She has a bachelors degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your imagination. Although she’s spent most of her life on the US east coast, she currently lives in Dubai with her husband and three children.

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  1. Thank you for reviwing Dark Promise and hosting us on the tour!

    1. You're so very welcome! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to host! I will be purchasing book two the same day it comes out! :)

  2. Thank you for posting! We appreciate it.

    1. You're welcome and I appreciate having the chance to read Dark Promise! :) I am looking forward to book two!