Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Prophecy

The Prophecy by Rachel Deagan
 Publication date: February 8th, 2013
Genre:YA Urban Fantasy/Science Fiction
 “The cards tell me of the children of the stars.”
Jacey thinks her life is worthless, when she finds herself in a psychiatric hospital after a failed attempt to end her life; her wounds miraculously healed. Devin, who claims to kill on touch, is also there. When Michael arrives, bearing telekinetic powers, he insists the government, and an even darker, more powerful force, wants them dead. In a desperate attempt to escape for their lives, the three teens find they must confront an even greater adversary, themselves - and with a prophecy forced upon them, they must find a way to accept their fate, or rebel together, as one.
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Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
No. I wanted to be an actress and an Olympic Equestrian Rider first. Funny thing is, in fourth grade I wrote my first ‘book’. It was about horses. Although, the equestrian dream has fizzled over the years, I do think my love of acting helps greatly in developing and feeling out the characters I write.

What authors inspire you?
As far as authors go, I love Cassandra Claire’s flare for characterization and storytelling. Although, I didn’t start reading her work until after my first book, Caged Moon, was into the editing phase. My original inspiration stemmed mostly from Maggie Steivater’s Shiver, Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely Series. Julie Kagawa, and her Iron Fey Series are definitely a favorite of mine now.

Is your family supportive of your writing?
Yes, once my parents realized the seriousness of my writing, they became some of my most forefront advocates. My boys two little boys are also probably my best cheer squad.

Does your characters talk to you when you’re writing?
All the time. They never shut up and sometimes we even argue when they want to go in a direction that I hadn’t planned. The happened numerous times over the course of writing, The Prophecy. They told me to throw out my book outline numerous times. I finally gave up on that. ;)

Do you like it quiet or do you need noise when you write?
It honestly depends on my mood. Sometimes it’s hard for me to focus with music on, because I end up listening to it instead of zoning in on the writing, but sometimes it helps set the mood if I can put into the ‘background’ and focus. It can aid the emotional mood of a scene. If I do have music on, it’s usually non-vocal thematic music from movies.

Are you currently writing anything?
Yes! The Prophecy is the first book of a series. There is a book two in the works. I’m also finishing up Book two to my Caged Moon Series, which will be out shortly. Right now, we’re looking at an early April release date.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
I have two little boys that keep me pretty busy, but when I do find time to myself, I always enjoy watching a good movie/tv show. I’m hooked on The Vampire Diaries, and Supernatural. I also love reading, and have recently taken up Zumba.

Rachel grew up in small town Massachusetts where she spent most of her time writing about strange paranormal creatures instead of paying attention in class. She has always been considered the 'dreamy' one with her head in the clouds. She now lives in Nevada with her two sons, a cat, and a rat named Sam.
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Bittersweet Blood 18+

The following review is for 18+ readers.
 Bittersweet Blood (The Order, #1)   
4 of 5 stars false 
 Tara Collins just wants to be normal. Everyone else wants her dead.
Tara’s eccentric aunt raised her to be fearful of the world and follow the rules. But after her aunt’s death, Tara is ready to take control and experience life for the first time. But she quickly discovers that everything she’s been told is a web of lies. Determined to solve the mystery of who she is truly, she hires private investigator to help her uncover the truth.
Christian Roth is more than your average PI. A vampire and ex-demon hunter, Christian lives among the humans, trying to be “normal.” But recently, things seem to be falling apart. There’s a crazed demon hell-bent on revenge hunting him down, and a fae assassin on the loose with an unknown target. And the Order he abandoned desperately needs his help.
As the secrets of Tara’s past collide with the problems in Christian’s present, she finds herself fighting her attraction to the dark and mysterious investigator. Falling in love does not fit into her plans at all, but Tara soon learns that some rules are meant to be broken. 


****NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book for my honest review****

Tara has lived a sheltered life, her aunt kept her away from the world and now that her aunt has died she wants to know what and who she is. She hires private investigator Christian Roth; she doesn't know that he is a vampire. Christian left the Order and is trying to live as normal life as he can, but demons are killing his friends the fae need his help finding something, the Order wants him back and he now he wants Tara. The two of them grow close trying to find out what she really is and Tara has to decide if having a normal life is really what she wants. Christian has to decide what he is willing to risk to keep Tara safe. Tara was an interesting heroine; she was very innocent, smart and had a backbone. I liked how the author didn't make her a weak woman; she stood up for herself and fought for her loved ones. Her innocence actually added a certain charm to the mix that softened the edges without making Tara annoyingly ignorant. Christian oh how I loved the big bad vampire with a soft heart. The plot line was not the most original, girl meets boy has no idea she is something "other," boy likes girl helps her out. The two of them fight their attraction, there is conflict and angst. However, the author does write a very entertaining story, the world building is done very well. I liked the war between the demons and fae that is being fought on earth; it added an interesting little twist to the story. The sex scenes in the book were good, not to graphic and not boring. I really liked this book it was an entertaining read and I am interested in seeing where the series will be going. 

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