Friday, June 28, 2013

Book Tour ~ Dark Dawn (Dark Redemption #1) 4 1/2 Star Review & Read excerpts

Dark Dawn (Dark Redemption, #1)


In the beginning God made the heavens and the earth, and everything in between. The In-between was unplanned, unexpected, and unwelcome. Every action causes a reaction and when mankind was born, so were the Fae. Suddenly it was up to Heaven to save Earth. God created Angels to right his wrong, to save human kind. A deal was made, an agreement of sorts. The Angels would protect humanity from Fae domination and destruction, and in return they would have inhuman strength and immortality. Thus a time of angels swooping in to save humans from free will, bad decisions, and big mistakes began. They protected humans from the Fae who intentionally enslaved them, leaving shells of humans, or worse, leaving nothing at all.

Even God doesn’t always learn from mistakes. Angels were given freedom of choice. Some Angels chose wrong. When some of them spread their wings, they went too far, and just as Icharus was punished for getting too close to the sun, they were punished for getting too close to mankind.

So they fell. Falling was the easy part.

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Nicole Andrews Moore

Melissa Brodsky

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About Nicole Andrews Moore

Nicole lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, a teenage son and daughter, and Kenna. Every day is new and sparkly...which is why she chronicles them on her blog, Suddenly *Not So* Single Journey. It is a way for her to spread her brand of hope, happiness, and love.

Previously, Nicole has been published by McClatchy News in their syndicated papers. In 2010, she joined the Yahoo! Mother Board, became a Shine Parenting Guru, and has become an award winning dating and relationships expert for Shine.

After a few bad sailing experiences, the Moores decided they were safer on land. Their boating adventures will be limited to cruise ships. And those cruises are centered around their travel goal of visiting ever Margaritaville. Two down, eleven to go!

About Melissa Brodsky

Melissa used to tell everyone she was going to be a writer when she grew up. Well, she is suddenly a grown up and it looks like she was telling the truth.

Living in a modern-day "Yours, Mine and Ours" household, Melissa is the biological mother of 3 children and the full-time stepmother to her husbands 2 children. On some days, she may even be considered "evil"...and not just as the stepmother!

With a strange vampire fascination since she was young, it was only natural that Melissa began writing stories about the Paranormal. 

She is currently co-authoring a Paranormal Romance trilogy with fellow writer Nicole Andrews Moore called "The Dark Redemption Series". Book 1 is due out in June 2013.

And because she has so much free time on her hands, Melissa is also working on a YA Paranormal Series, the first book "Hallows Haven" will be available late summer.

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My review

I actually really enjoyed this book, I didn’t think I would after reading a few pages, as I am not big on the religious stuff, but quicky determined it was not like that, just seemed that way for a few pages, lol. I found it a great spin on Angels, and then throw in the evil Fae instead of the normal demons you usually see in these kinds of books.

I see there is 2 versions of this book, apparently I have the adult version, unless the steamy sex scenes get even steamier than what I have, lol. They were steamy, so for sure mature readers for whatever version I have (it’s a review copy so have no clue on that)

I found Seth to be amazing, I really liked him, and Aislinn too. Anna I had to get used to, but she was great too. Zoey I also liked. I didn’t care much for Caim at all, I had a feeling from the start something was amiss with him. The others were all great, as far as the Angels, but the Fae, they were creepy to me, didn’t like them so much, but guess we’re not really supposed too, lol.

I do not want to give anything away, but to say it’s a great read, and written really well. I only found one mistake, and it’s a review copy, so think it would have been taken care of.

If you like the paranormal with some really steamy sex, then the adult version I read is for you. I imaging the new adult version will be a toned down version, and also would be great for those who rather not too steamy (usually that’s the one I would have read, but didn’t have a choice for the review)

I give 4 1/2 out of 5 stars, it’s very original, and an intriguing read. I only dislike the cover, it’s too generic, I have seen the same cover now on 6 books, so am sick of seeing it. Three that I have personally reviewed with that cover.

I was provided an ‘adult’ version of this book from the authors for my honest review.

Read the 2 excerpts below to get a feeling of the story, Excerpt One, I picked out, and Two I was provided. Enjoy!

Excerpt One

“My children,” There was an urgency to God’s tone, “I need your help.  I realize that I cannot do this alone, and while Salathiel is very capable, it is still a job too great for one angel, especially since the numbers of our enemy are still unknown.  You must protect the Earth and its inhabitants from this threat, the Fae. You are mankind’s only hope.”

“How would you have us do this, my Lord?” Zoey spoke, lifting her head and shielding her eyes with her elbow.

“Keep your head down, Zoey.  No being is able to gaze upon me without being affected.  For this, I am sorry.  There is nothing more I would like than to look at each of you so that you could truly know my love.”

Zoey bent her head back down and mumbled, “Yes, Father.”

“I have a deal for you, a reward for your service.  I need the six of you to live on Earth masked as humans.  Part of your payment will be immortality.  Each of you will be given a power to aid you on your journey.  Zoey, you will have a keen sense of knowledge enabling you to recognize truth.  Gus, you can see the past, the present and the future.  Only impart such findings to those who are worthy.  Both of you will be reporting to me as needed.”  Zoey and Gus exchanged glances.

“As for you, Eli, you will have inhuman strength, even beyond your regular capabilities.  I am bestowing upon you a sword.  Use it wisely and only for justice.  Caim, you are my angel of action.  You have fighting ability.  For you, Anna, I give the gift of healing.  Finally, Salathiel, my first angel, from now on you will be called Seth.  My precious, caring Seth, you have the power of empathy. An Empath.”

Excerpt Two

It was late afternoon when they returned and it was Anna’s restlessness that caught Seth’s attention.  The rest of the Guardians went to their rooms to unwind, but Anna was pacing on the roof.  Instead of settling into their office, as he normally did, Seth walked the extra steps to discover what was troubling Anna.  This was completely unlike her.

“Anna,” he said calmly when he reached her.

She whipped around. Her wings were unfurled and twitching nervously.  The rustling of her feathers concerned him.  When he saw the look in her eyes, he was even more disturbed.  “Why?”  She asked as her eyes darted about...up at the sky, then over the edge of the roof, back to Seth and all around.  “Why are we not permitted to form attachments?  Why can we friends with humans?”  The frustration in her voice was evident.  “Why, Seth?  What is so wrong and different about us that we can’t be around His other creations?”
Seth slowly came closer.  He feared she was about to cry.  In all their years of communal living, he had seen her cry...never.  She hadn’t shed a tear over wars.  She had seen countless horrific events pass, yet this was the first time anything had ever seemed to get under her skin and affect her.

“There’s nothing wrong with us, Anna.  You know that.  We simply shouldn’t be distracted.  Attachments create distractions; they make us weak.  We would be inclined to put the good of the few above the needs of the many.  That isn’t our mission.  No entanglements.  No distractions.  These rules were created for a reason.”  He spoke in gentle soothing tones.  It was obvious his words fell on deaf ears.

She shook her head.  “We weren’t supposed to live together.  We were supposed to be scattered about the globe.  Instead, you decided that we should act as one.  If that can change, if the Father can understand the rationale for that change...maybe there could be more...” 


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