Blog Tour: Fae by CJ Abedi [Book Thoughts]

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Summary:

Caroline Ellis’ sixteenth birthday sets into motion a series of events that have been fated for centuries. A descendant of Virginia Dare, the first child born in the lost colony of Roanoke, and unaware of her birthright as the heir to the throne of the Light Fae, it isn’t until Caroline begins a tumultuous relationship with Devilyn Reilly that the truth of her heritage is revealed.

Devilyn is the only Fae who is both of the Light and of the Dark, and struggles to maintain that precarious balance to avoid succumbing to the power of the Dark within him. He is the only one who can save Caroline from those who would destroy her and destroy all hope for unity among the Fae. He promises Caroline that he will protect her at all costs, even when it means protecting her from himself.

Told from the alternating perspectives of Caroline and Devilyn, FAE draws on mysteries, myths and legends to create a world, and a romance, dangerously poised between Light and Dark.

My Thoughts:

I’m going to admit that my favorite types of fantasy novels are the ones that involve fae or fairies; I’m glad to say that Fae didn’t let me down!

Although I originally found the writing to be elementary, the details and plot ultimately engrossed me. I connected with Caroline, sometimes laughing aloud at her thoughts and nodding in agreement because I realized I had thought the same when I was her age. On the other hand, it took me some time to warm up to Devilyn. Even though he had good intentions, he played the asshole role well and my mind was going crazy imagining a girl having to deal with a guy like him.

Furthermore, the authors writes the high school scene decently. Although the story is a little cliché at times, it also does not follow some clichés most YA books have. At times, the characters hinted at certain clichés and I honestly thought they were going to happen. [I won’t name any because I don’t want to include spoilers.] It makes me really happy to see authors stray away from the overused clichés!

I am also going to admit that I got caught up in the romance of the story. Caroline and Devilyn are made for each other; Devilyn knows it, and the reader knows it, but Caroline does not. Every time I read the interactions between Caroline and Devilyn, I had feels. Their relationship built upon each of their previous encounters, which created a suspense that kept me hooked.

Still, there is a part of the book that bothered me. Throughout the book, Devilyn is referred to as a ‘man.’ Caroline has just turned 16 and is never once referred to as a woman, and yet the person she is in love with is a man. Not only that, but to me, Devilyn’s point of view is more mature and adult-like, setting his thoughts apart from Caroline’s. Maybe the story is supposed to be more ‘old-fashioned’ but since I’m being honest, it weirded me out picturing this man with someone who essentially is still a girl.

Overall, Fae is a fast paced read, with a really frustrating ending. I enjoyed this book, and if you love a fae/fairy stories like I do, I’m sure you will too!

About the Authors:

7155061Colet Abedi ran development for ITV Studios and is currently Executive Producer on three shows that run in syndication called Unsealed: Conspiracy Files, Unsealed: Alien Files and Now Eat This with Rocco DiSpirito. She was also an Executive Producer on Posh Tots on HGTV. Prior to that, she was a Head Writer for 20th Television, a division of Fox, for two telenovelas, American Heiress starring Annalyn McCord and Robert Buckley and Fashion House, starring Bo Derek and Taylor Kinney.

Jasmine Abedi is an entertainment attorney, and has worked with entertainment powerhouses such as Fox, NBCUniversal, ABC, MTV and E! for the past 14 years. She has also worn many different hats in the entertainment industry, with Executive Producer credits for the television programs Posh Tots and the pilots Club Bounce (TruTV), Divas (VH-1), and Life With The Clarks (CMT). In addition to writing, she has also partnered with a law school friend to create the natural cosmetic company Generation Klean, Inc. Their products can be found online at www.generationklean.com and at major retailers (Whole Foods, Fred Segal etc.) nationwide.

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Blog Tour: I See London by Chanel Cleeton [Book Thoughts]

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Summary:

Maggie Carpenter is ready for a change— and to leave her ordinary life in South Carolina behind. But when she accepts a scholarship to the International School in London, a university attended by the privileged offspring of diplomats and world leaders, Maggie might get more than she bargained for.

When Maggie meets Hugh, a twentysomething British guy, she finds herself living the life she always wanted. Suddenly she’s riding around the city in a Ferrari, wearing borrowed designer clothes and going to the hottest clubs. The only problem? Another guy, the one she can’t seem to keep her hands off of.

Half French, half Lebanese, and ridiculously wealthy, Samir Khouri has made it clear he doesn’t do relationships. He’s the opposite of everything Maggie thought she wanted…and he’s everything she can’t resist. Torn between her dream guy and the boy haunting her dreams, Maggie has to fight for her own happy ending. In a city like London, you never know where you stand, and everything can change in the blink of an eye.

This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up.

My Thoughts:

Honestly, I have no words. On January 11, 2014, I started I See London; on January 15, 2014 at 2 AM in the morning, I finished I See London. I have not, in the past year, finished a book in less than 24 hours and then here comes this wonderful NA story. I See London is by far my favorite New Adult novel I have read so far.

I am going to start off with the protagonist, Maggie. She’s awesome. She begins her journey as a closed off, always-trying-to-be-perfect girl trying to keep up her grades, while trying to enjoying herself in a new city. Even though she is pretty relatable at the beginning; she becomes even more relatable throughout the story. Her new environment changes her, and she becomes confident, daring, and sexy; learning to live life as she wants to, not how she’s ‘supposed’ to. I absolutely love that about Maggie; I followed her along every step she took, and saw myself in her shoes as college changed her.

To continue, Maggie’s friends are just as equally as amazing. Although rumors and reputations get in the way of forming friendships at first, Maggie breaks through them and finds the personalities underneath. All of the characters – Samir (the sexy guy), Fleur (the Ice Queen), Mya (the genuinely nice friend) – to name a few, have unique personalities and background stories of their own. Cleeton not only builds Maggie’s story, but also everyone else’s. Because of this, I connected with the story more, because in life, as you grow, the people around you do too.

Additionally, I became absolutely hooked on the budding relationship between Maggie and Samir. Samir is cocky and comes on pretty strong, but Maggie learns to hold her own against him. Every scene between these two had me on the edge of my seat. What I appreciate about I See London is that there is a visible growth in their relationship; it’s no love at first sight. Furthermore, this book goes on to show that not everything has to be about love; showing a different side of most romance stories, but the more prominent side of the lives of young adults today.

The one thing about this novel that disappointed me was the writing. The writing of I See London isn’t that strong; it’s too basic, with sentences that don’t carry much weight. It bothered me at first, but I looked past it. By doing so, I was able to really enjoy the story.

In conclusion, I loved I See London. This story makes me want to transfer to the International School in London in hopes of becoming friends with Maggie and finding a boy like Samir. If you read New Adult novels, you definitely have to put this one on your list.

Book Trailer Reveal & Giveaway: I See London by Chanel Cleeton

I See London by Chanel Cleeton
February 3, 2014
Harlequin HQN (Digital First)
New Adult Contemporary Romance

Summary: I SEE LONDON COVER

Maggie Carpenter is ready for a change— and to leave her ordinary life in  South Carolina behind. But when she accepts a scholarship to the  International School in London, a university attended by the privileged  offspring of diplomats and world leaders, Maggie might get more than she bargained for.

When Maggie meets Hugh, a twentysomething  British guy, she finds herself living the life she always wanted.  Suddenly she’s riding around the city in a Ferrari, wearing borrowed  designer clothes and going to the hottest clubs. The only problem?  Another guy, the one she can’t seem to keep her hands off of.

Half French, half Lebanese, and ridiculously wealthy, Samir Khouri has made  it clear he doesn’t do relationships. He’s the opposite of everything  Maggie thought she wanted…and he’s everything she can’t resist. Torn  between her dream guy and the boy haunting her dreams, Maggie has to  fight for her own happy ending. In a city like London, you never know  where you stand, and everything can change in the blink of an eye.

This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up.

BOOK ORDER LINKS:

Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1cQXjYm

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Author Bio:

Originally a Florida girl,  at seventeen Chanel moved to London to attend an international  university.  In the four years that followed, she received her  bachelor’s and master’s degrees, learned how to dance, travelled through Europe, and made lifelong friendships.  Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever.  But fate intervened on a Caribbean  cruise, when an American fighter pilot with smooth dance moves, swept  her off her feet.

Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure in  South Korea.  An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she is happiest  curled up with a book.  She has a weakness for handbags, puppy cuddles,  and her fighter pilot husband.  Chanel writes New Adult contemporary  romances and Young Adult thrillers.  Her New Adult debut, I SEE LONDON,  will be released by Harlequin (HQN) on February 3, 2014, followed by a  sequel, LONDON FALLING, later in the year.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Website:   www.chanelcleeton.com

Facebook:   www.facebook.com/authorchanelcleeton

Twitter:   www.twitter.com/chanelcleeton

Goodreads:   www.goodreads.com/chanelcleeton

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