Sunday, February 28, 2016

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Evanescent by Gabriella Lepore

Book Blurb:

“Then it is settled,” Felix declared. “Come hell or high water, when this is all over, at least one of us here will not make it out alive.”

When Bronwen Snow is pulled from her cottage in the middle of the night, she finds herself seeking the help of three mysterious boys who reside in an abandoned castle deep in the hillside. With only a hasty handwritten note and a vague sense of dread to guide her, Bronwen is forced to put her trust in the eccentric and willful Felix Cavara and his eternal curse – immortality.

Published by: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing

Publication date: March 15th 2013

Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

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My Review:

3 Out of 5 Stars

Genre: Mystery, Romance, Supernatural, Witches--

Bronwen is awakened during the night by her Grandmother, telling her she has had a premonition of Bronwen being attacked, her only hope is to go to an abandoned castle and find someone named Felix. Bronwen loves her grandmother so she runs during the night to the castle, expecting it to be empty and her grandmother's worries to be for naught. But instead she finds someone there, someone who is not quite human, but may be the answer that she needs.

I felt like this was a fairytale, the way the author put the story together, where is acts as if it was real but not. The setting was impossible to determine, as well as tricky to tell what time period this was suppose to be set in.There were references to the internet and public libraries, but it still had a timeless quality to it that makes me feel like it could be a "once upon a time" type book.

My favorite part of the book was the banter back and forth between Felix and Bronwen. It was hysterical, snarky, random and so strange that I could not help but to laugh as I read the exchanges. Felix was such an odd character, full of bravado yet with fear about being in around people, hostile and rude, yet then brings gifts that he had previously mocked. He had the tough exterior with the delicate heart underneath that he would laugh to hear himself described with. Bronwen did not seem like the typical teen girl, but she goes with the flow very well and hardly ever complained, endearing her to me.

The negatives were that the book was really hard for me to get into. I can't put my finger on what the problem was, but for some reason I was only mildly interested in the book until I was about half way through. The plot picked up and I sped through the remainder of the story. The book is only 130 pages, so it was a short fast read overall, and I read it in just a few hours. The other thing that I did not like was that the romantic feelings came on very fast. Yes I know that the story was short so maybe things had to be sped up, but romantic feelings arose in about a day regardless of the bad attitude that they sprung from.

Overall this was a unique quirky tale that was fun to read. I look forward to whatever the author comes up next.

I received this title from the author in return for my honest review.

Author Bio:

Gabriella Lepore lives on the coast of Wales in the United Kingdom. She began writing at an early age and grew up with a passion for all things supernatural—especially witches! She currently has six Young Adult books in print: Evanescent, The Blackheath Witches, How I Found You, Secrets In Phoenix, and The Witches of the Glass Castle books 1 & 2.

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1 comment:

  1. Great review! This sounds like a fun read, and I love how the characters' relationship sounds. Banter is always fun and a great way to make them likeable!