Tuesday, November 5, 2013

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: The Seraphina Parrish Trilogy by Michelle Warren

Title: Wander Dust
Series: Seraphina Parrish Trilogy # 1
By: Michelle Warren
Publication Date: November 30, 2011
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Time Travel/Romance

Ever since her sixteenth birthday, strange things keep happening to Seraphina Parrish. Unexplainable premonitions catapult her to faraway cities. A street gang wants to kill her, and a beautiful, mysterious boy stalks her.

But when Sera moves to Chicago, and her aunt reveals their family connection to a centuries old, secret society, she’s immediately thrust into an unbelievable fantasy world, leading her on a quest to unravel the mysteries that plague her. In the end, their meanings crash into an epic struggle of loyalty and betrayal, and she’ll be forced to choose between the boy who has stolen her heart and the thing she desires most.

Wander Dust is the breathtaking fantasy that will catapult you through a story of time, adventure, and love.

My Thoughts:

On so many levels I'm lost. Lost in my new space. Lost in my thoughts. Lost from my father, my mother. Each thought pushes me further into a depression.

I have had Wander Dust on my TBR list since it was first released in 2011 but just hadn't managed to get around to reading it. Unfortunately, I'm sure there are many, many books that I'll never get to, due to there just not being enough hours in the day. I'm so grateful that I eventually made the time for Wander Dust. Since it had been so long since I had even read the book description I was able to be completely taken by surprise as the story unfolded.

Seraphina Parrish has had some strange things happen to her lately. Things that make her question her sanity. She lives with a father who is there in body but doesn't offer a whole lot of emotional support. She craves it, and so she acts out by breaking a few rules at school. In doing so, she guarantees his attention. At least for a little while. After Sera's latest incident, her dad makes the decision to send her to stay with her Aunt Mona. It's here that Sera is about to learn that she isn't going crazy, but is in fact a Wanderer and is part of a secret society that lives among Normals. Sent to a school to hone her abilities, it's from this point that Sera will really begin to come into her own. 

I haven't read a lot of time travel books before. And comparing what I have read to Wander Dust, I can say that it was very original and different to the few others that I have read. It was full of action, mystery and suspense and managed to keep me engrossed in the story the whole way throughout. 

I really liked Sera. As far as her emotions went, she was a really believable character. I also felt that she grew a lot as her story unfolded and she embraced all the changes to her life and for the most part faced them head on. Her strength to make the tough choices really came into play when needed as showed what a tenacious girl she is.

"You are so breathtaking," he says in a delicate whisper. Gently, he grazes the back of his fingers across my cheek. His hand is soft and soothing. Then his palm slips behind my ear and cups my neck. His other hand follows. He hesitates as though he's waiting for permission to be closer.

I think of our lips finally meeting, trembling and burning on impact. I've been dreaming about it since the first moment I saw him. With all my heart I want to kiss him.

The romance between Sera and Bishop didn't really come into play until the very end of the book. There were times that it was eluded to, and we certainly knew that Sera found Bishop attractive, but other than the occasional look between the two of them, there wasn't a great deal of anything else. But once it does all start to fall into place, it certainly made the wait worthwhile. The attraction between the two of them was also all the more believable because it wasn't an instant love.

After finishing Wander Dust, I admit to having a few questions that were left unanswered and as completely as I loved Bishop, I would have liked to know him on a deeper level. But I'm hoping that I will have all of those wishes fulfilled in the next book, Protecting Truth. Overall, I really loved the fantasy world that Michelle Warren created in Wander Dust and I would definitely recommend it to all YA paranormal lovers.

4/5 Perfect Ending Stars


Title: Protecting Truth 
Series: Seraphina Parrish Trilogy # 2
By: Michelle Warren
Publication Date: September 19th, 2012
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Time Travel/Romance

Seraphina’s keeping a secret from her Wandering team: she’s perfecting her fighting skills. But telling Sam and Bishop the truth would only alert them to her plan: to go back in time, save her mom, and finish what she started. With the help of Turner, Bishop’s handsome twin, she progresses toward her goal but plummets deeper into dangerous territory where the lines of friendship and romance are blurred. One passionate kiss changes everything, leading Sera to unravel a shocking web of family secrets, heartbreaking ulterior motives, and sinister agendas. Love and lies collide in a haunting climax, where the truest souls may not survive.

Title: Seeing Light 
Series: Seraphina Parrish Trilogy # 3
By: Michelle Warren
Expected Publication Date: October 10th, 2013
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Time Travel/Romance

As the corruption of the Society intensifies and the questions surrounding her mother mount, Seraphina Parrish embarks on a journey to find Terease in the terrifying Wandering city of Nocturna. But the information she learns there only sends her team on a dangerous mission to fulfill an ancient prophecy. Delving deep into the disturbing secrets of their world, the revelations quickly unravel, revealing shocking truths about the Society and Sera’s life. In the end, power and courage clash in a mission for freedom that may shatter the Wandering world completely.

About the Author: 
Michelle Warren is the author of the Seraphina Parrish Trilogy. She didn't travel the road to writer immediately. She spent over a decade as professional Illustrator and designer. Her artistic creativity combined with her love of science fiction, paranormal and fantasy led her to write her first YA novel, Wander Dust. Michelle loves reading and traveling to places that inspire her to create. She resides in downtown Chicago, not far from her imaginary Wandering world.

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  1. Heeey! This looks great. Although, I was just wondering, do you send books to people out of the United States? Like, would you possibly be able to send them to someone in South Africa? x

  2. Wow thats a tough one??? hmmm probably Abraham Lincoln i think he was a great man with many great ideas.

  3. Cleopatra, I read a book about her and I think her story was pretty crazy it would be interesting to meet her ad go to Egypt :)


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