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Friday, September 21, 2012

Blog Tour: "Forsaken" by Kristen Day (Review)

Welcome to our stop on the "Forsaken: a Daughters of the Sea Novel" by Kristen Day Blog Tour.  Here you will read the book's synopsis, my review of "Forsaken", and the author's bio.  

A Daughters Of The Sea Novel
Author: Kristen Day
Publisher: Self Published
Pages: 268
Buy Links:  Nook | Kindle 

Official Blurb:
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.
My Review:
I received a complimentary copy of "Forsaken: A Daughter of the sea Novel" in an exchange for a honest review for the Blog Tour with YANR.
Every once in awhile I find myself diving into a book that takes me away from the paranormal romance genre or erotica genre.  There is just some days I need a break and when I read the description of "Forsaken", I knew it was a book I was going to enjoy reading.  These are the kind of books, I would dive into as a pre-teen or teen to get away from the drama of homework.  (Yes I said drama...because homework was crazy and still is today)
Forsaken is about a girl, Hannah, who was orphaned as a infant and forced to go through several foster families until one family finally adopted her.  Hannah has never felt like she belonged into the high society of her adopted family and certain events have started to happen to her lately.  Her adopted-mother is making her see several doctors to find out why Hannah is having black outs and acting strange.  She even swears that this one guy in her nightmares keeps re-appearing and warning her about certain things.  One day though, she is forced to see a doctor that may know what is going on with Hannah.  Hannah then is told to go away to a boarding school which she will fit in at more comfortably.
When Hannah is sent to The House of Lorelei, she never fathomed that the guy in her nightmares was actually real and he saves her on the first day at the House of Lorelei.  She also never believed that her nightmares were actually coming true.
While Hannah is there, she starts to realize that the House Of Lorelei is very special and so are the people who go there, including her.
Hannah is about to find out what happened to her real parents and what actually is going on with her.  With the help of her new friends, and the guy in her nightmares, she will learn the truth of what she is supposed to do from now on.  She will also have to survive because in one of her nightmares she knows someone is out to get her.
My thoughts on Forsaken is that it was a very enjoyable read. I had a hard time putting it down. did only take me one day to read, that alone should tell you some thing.  =)
 I have always been a fan of mythology and this book definitely dived into it a bit with several twists.  Kristen Day explains what is going on very well and the story of what happened to Hannah and her parents.  I love her take on the sea gods and goddesses and the differences of each of the students and where they fell underneath.
This book is full of mystery, love, and action that will make you want more after reading it.  Kristen Day's writing is fabulous and I cannot wait to see what happens next with the characters.  I mean she did leave me hanging at the end, which was a doozy.
When is the 2nd book coming out?
My favorite scene is when Hannah goes to the dance.  (sorry not giving it away)  Let's just say, I was really happy for her.  =)  (I was even pondering what was special with her date, Finn)
I recommend this book to anyone who loves the young adult genre and loves mythology.  This is a definite read you will enjoy.
 Thanks to YANR for introducing this book and Kristen Day to me.  =)  

Kristen Day is a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity.  She loves all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky.  She’s been told she sees the world through rose-colored glasses, but she prefers to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something she can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?). 
She is the author of the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA trilogy, which includes FORSAKEN, AWAKEN (Oct 2012), and CHOSEN (Winter 2012).  She loves all books, but really enjoys writing young adult, paranormal romances.  She’s loved to write for as long as she can remember.  Her first published work was her poem RED in second grade (you guessed it - it was a poem about the color red - life altering, right?) that won her 5 gold stars and a spot in her elementary school's poetry book. That's when her addiction to the written word officially began.  She was the only kid in fifth grade that actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Go ahead and laugh - its okay.
When she’s not writing she’s making jewelry, painting, feeding her addiction to sweet tea, watching the Discovery Channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with her amazing husband. She was born in Boone, NC and graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Marketing in 2001.  


Hey FranJessca! Thank you so much for participating in the blog tour! I'm so glad you liked the dance scene! I also have an obsession with black roses:) I wanted to let you know Awaken (DOS#2) will be released Oct 2nd!! Only a week and a half away!! Thanks again!

Hey FranJessca! Thank you so much for participatingi in the blog tour! 5 Moons! That's awesome! I'm so glad you loved the dance scene (I have a small obsession with black roses). I also wanted to let you know Awaken (DOS#2) will be released October 2nd!! Thanks again!

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