Thursday, January 25, 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Rise (Coven of Fire, #1) by Sierra Cross

Sierra Cross
(Coven of Fire, #1)
Publication date: June 15th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

I closed the door on magic long ago…the day it made me an orphan.

Ten years ago, the Coven of Fire sacrificed their lives—my mother among them—tohold off an overwhelming demonic force. Now it’s back.

As a poorly-paid bartender, how can any of this be my problem? But Callie, another orphan of that battle, swears I’m the key to reviving the coven. And there’s an incredibly sexy guardian stranded on my couch who’s promising to help me stop the demons and keep the veil between the realms standing.

One problem: I’ve never been able to use magic. Our local bad boy warlock assuresme I have the talent, but even if I did, we don’t have enough witches to complete a coven. The only way to survive is to pull together this pack of magicborn misfits, who have more secrets than spells, into a makeshift coven.

Can we—three untrained witches, a sarcastic warlock, and an overly intense guardian—take back the city…before the demongate falls and the forces that killed my mother destroy us too?

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Another-World, Ghosts, Mystery, Supernatural, Urban Fantasy, Witches--

Alix has spent the last ten years trying to figure out her life without magic or purpose since her parents and the rest of the coven died. One night while tending bar, an almost spirit from her past shows up and demands she help him and her people, ignoring her protests that she is magicless. Almost against her will, Alix is drawn back into the world of magic, covens and demons. To put it mildly, she is way unprepared for the battle that has been brewing and it may cost her life​.

This was such a fast paced adventure, seriously blink and you might miss something. I found myself reading the book in one sitting because it was easy to get sucked into the story and the writing was very approachable. The book (as per my ereader) was a little less than 200 Pages but still Sierra was able to build a complete world, with detailed characters and a crazy plot. There were so many twists and turns that kept me on my toes, most I could never have guessed at. At least three separate times I gasped out loud because I was so surprised by the shocking event that Sierra just threw at Alix's feet. I don't normally associate shocks and surprises with urban fantasy stories, but I found Rise to be up their with out of nowhere reveals.

Can we just take a minute to talk about how perfect Matt and Alix are for each other? Yes folks, there is a forbidden love here and it is so heartbreaking (one of the top 3 things that felt like my heart was being ripped out for Alix during the book!). Alix is part of the witch coven (sort of) and Matt is part of the Brotherhood that has sworn to protect the witches- but it is forbidden for the two to have any sort of romantic relationship. Gawd, I just wanted Matt to throw his ridged ruled out the window and Make Alix his... but yeah, we can't always get what we want.

Rise is the first book in a series of five, so don't expect the story to be wrapped up in a nice little bow- this is just the start of some serious action to come. I found myself really liking and rooting for Alix as well as her hodge-podge cast of sidekicks and all that she has endured and I want nothing but the best for her... but I am afraid nothing will go according to a simple plan. I don't know what Sierra has up her sleeve to put in Alix's path next, but I am pretty certain it won't be easy and I can't wait to read more.

Author Bio:

Spells and skyscrapers. Warriors and warlocks. Coven secrets and forbidden romances. Sierra Cross lives for urban fantasy, for modern magic and the bold supernatural beings who stalk our contemporary world. Her Spelldrift universe stars kickass witches and their heroic guardians, as well as vampires, shifters, mages, Fidei, and the dark demonic forces that threaten them all.

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