Wednesday, September 19, 2012

BLOG TOUR: Forsaken (Daughters of the Sea #1) by Kristen Day (REVIEW & GIVEAWAY)

Today is our stop on the blog tour for Forsaken by Kristen Day. This book was fantastic, so make sure you scroll down and enter the giveaway. You can check out the rest of the stops on the tour at Young Adult Novel Reader.

Title: Forsaken A Daughters Of The Sea Novel
Author: Kristen Day
Publisher: Self Published
Pages: 268

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.

About Kristen Day:
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.  

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My Thoughts:
In the first year of her life Hannah was given away by her parents in the hope that she would lead a somewhat normal and protected life. Shuttled around from foster home to foster home until she is eventually adopted by the Whitmans. And while she has the constant presence of a family, Hannah still doesn't quite fit into the slot that the family expects. 

Hannah is plagued by dreams and nightmares. Some of these nightmares are very real visions from her past while others she has no idea what they mean. It's when she starts having blackouts that her therapist sends her to see another therapist who encourages Hannah and her adoptive mother that it would be beneficial for Hannah to attend a boarding school. The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island is the place where Hannah will finally feel at home and have some of her questions answered. But it's also a place where many more questions will be raised and Hannah will be tested in ways she could have never imagined!!

I absolutely loved this book!! I really hadn't heard a lot about it before so I had absolutely no expectations going in, so I was completely swept away in the story. I loved the character development, I loved the little snippets of back story. I adored the romance between Hannah and Finn. The friendships that Hannah makes are wonderful. Her affinity and interaction with all the sea creatures had me grinning from ear to ear they were so well written by the author. Kristen Day's writing is wonderfully descriptive and incredibly easy to read!!

In looking back at the story there are a lot of questions left unanswered, so I'm dying to read the next book in the series. If I had to pick a downside it would probably be that we had this build up to a big climax and then it seemed to be over with fairly quickly. But I suppose that it just gives me something else to add to the list of reasons of why I'm looking forward to the next book. Overall a fantastic start to the series!! Bring on book two!!

4.5/5 Stars!!

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  1. Thank you so much for your wonderful review! I'm so excited that you loved it! The characters are near and dear to my heart so it always means alot when a reviewer has nice things to say about them. A little something extra: Awaken will be released October 2nd!! Thank you again!

    1. I'm so glad that the wait for Awaken is not too long!! I'm definitely not the most patient person!! :)


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