Wednesday, April 10, 2013

BLOG TOUR and GIVEAWAY: Daughters of the Sea Series by Kristen Day

I am going to put up a warning before you read my reviews: there will be a lot of gushing, lots of OMGs and a lot of "I NEED MORE".  Considered yourself warned.

Book Info: Forsaken
Daughters of the Sea Series-Book #1
By Kristen Day

Blurb: Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you…
Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago.
Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her.
Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and  dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.
Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendants of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.
But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love.
She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesied to be a part of. The fate of all the descendants will forever depend upon it.


My Review:

I don't usually commit to reading 3 books for a tour.  I don't because I always worried I won't like the first book and then I will be forced to read the others.

Well, I AM SO GLAD I did not listen to myself this time. OMG!!! First, I am so glad I had all 3 books because I would have lost my mind if I didn't.  Second, this is now on my list of Top 10 Favorite Series.  Third, everyone must read these

Best Part of Book: Hello, FINN! *swoon* Now, now, I am getting ahead of myself. Let's start from the beginning.  Hannah is adopted and has issues with nightmares/fainting spells.  In her dreams there is always this "guy" that is there with her. Well, her adopted family sends her to a professional to "help" her.  She agrees and goes.  Within a short amount of time with the therapist, she is shipped off to a school that could help her with these issues.

When Hannah is there she ends up changing her name to, Anastasia (Stasia for short).  You think that is weird, it is an important part of the story. She needs up have three roommates: Carmen, Phoebe and Willow.  I love these 3 girls!! They are perfect for the story and for Stasia life.  

Then, while at lunch with her friends, she sees a guy (the guys from her dreams) across the room......ENTER FINN.........OMG!! I love Finn! He is what every book boyfriend needs to be. NO JOKE!

Once Finn and Stasia spend more time together, they are almost inseparable. (LOVE IT).  However, Stasia is still having the nightmares and there are more added problems coming up in her life.  Stasia is destined for bigger things and Finn is there for her.  Finn helps her so much becoming more comfortable in her own skin. The problem that comes about (and the hardest one) is going to the Underworld.  Should be simple, right?

Not so great about book: CLIFFHANGER! OMG! I honestly thought something was wrong with my kindle !!! 

Book Info: Awaken
Daughters of the Sea Series Book #2
By Kristen Day

Blurb: The sacrifices we make have the power to shift the very fabric of who we are, and ultimately who we are meant to be…
After learning of her true destiny as the intended Leader of the Tydes, Anastasia Whitman must now embark on a perilous quest to the Underworld before the age of eighteen in order to plant the seed of immortality and complete her essence to become a true Sea Goddess. But before she can make her legendary journey, an unexpected new student transfers to Lorelei; initiating a sequence of events that will unravel Stasia’s new life, and test the boundaries of her relationship with the mysterious, dark, and sexy Finn Morrison. The line between the Underworld and the Living begins to blur as gruesome ghosts, morbid reveries, and pure evil haunt her waking hours as well as her sanity. Once the details of Finn’s own startling destiny are revealed, the dangerous secrets he’s been hiding will threaten the very love Stasia believed to be indestructible. As time begins to run out, she will be forced to choose between the one she loves and the destiny she cannot escape.


My Review:

Best Part of Book: Well, if you thought that book 1 was a roller coaster of awesomeness then wait for BOOK 2!  We know that Stasia needs to go to the Underworld and she needs to do it do to become a Sea Goddess.  With her friends help and, of course, Finn, they help her "train". Of course that just couldn't be the end of it. Oh no, Kristen Day has added several new twists. 1) Nadia.  Oh yea, she has a serious backstory. 2) Finn's big secret.  So, did not see that coming. and 3) How is Stasia getting into the underworld?

Yea, that is just the tip of the iceberg, let me tell you.

However, Kristen Day sucked me back into this amazing world.  Every chapter was better than the next.  I thought that all the questions would be answered in this book, but oh no ... 

Not so great about the book: CLIFFHANGER! OMG! Talk about leaving a girl wanting more!  It was crazy ending and I automatically started book 3.....

Book Info: Chosen
Daughters of the Sea Series Book #3
By Kristen Day
Publication Date: January 29, 2013

Blurb: The essence of who we are lies not in what we have, but in what we are willing to give up.  Because in the end, Time and Tide wait for no one.
After sacrificing all that she had, the evil princess of the Underworld is still successful in her bid to tear Finn from Stasia’s life.  In the midst of her search to reclaim him, Stasia is summoned to the island nation of Cyprus to take part in an age-old ritual; unveiling the missing pieces of her ancestry and re-igniting an ancient war.  As she struggles to both save Finn’s soul and free Carmen’s mind, Stasia’s bravery and determination will be pushed to its breaking point.  A dark storm is forming on the horizon, and the forces who are vying to destroy her may be much closer than she thinks.  Destiny weaves a sticky web of evil, betrayal, and revenge that can only be undone by the purity of love and the soul’s unyielding will to survive.  In the last installment of the Daughters of the Sea trilogy, the past will collide with the present as Stasia’s future hangs in the balance.  The prophecy that paved the way for her new life may indeed be the very thing that strips her of the ones she loves the most.


My Review:

OMG! I just finished this book and my emotions are everywhere.

Best Part of Book: Oh Finn and Stasia I did not realize I could love you more, but I do.  The roller coaster that those two have been through just makes this series better.  Let's not forget to add in all the twists that Kristen Day threw into the mix.

This last book just did not focus on Finn and Stasia.  We got to see into other of the characters stories and I LOVED THAT!

This last book was so great that I could not put it down.  I read it in one sitting!

Not so great about book: *sniff* *tear* it ended.  No more Finn and Stasia.  BUT, the positive side is, I can read them all when ever I want!

About the Author:

I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I've been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).
I am the author of the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA trilogy, which includes FORSAKEN, AWAKEN, and CHOSEN (Winter 2012). I love all books, but really enjoy writing young adult, paranormal romances. I've loved to write for as long as I can remember. My first published work was my poem RED in second grade (you guessed it - it was a poem about the color red - life altering, I know) that won me 5 gold stars and a spot in my elementary school's poetry book. That's when my addiction to the written word officially began. I was the only kid in fifth grade that actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Go ahead and laugh – it’s okay.
When I'm not writing I'm making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband. I graduated from Appalachian State University and dream of becoming a full time novelist.

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 Giiveaway Info-
Author is giving away:
A Finn necklace (picture available)
assorted swag made by Cassie’s Crafty Creations
an ebook set of the entire trilogy
signed paperback set of the entire trilogy

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1 comment :

  1. I read this review twice because I loved it so much! Thank you!! It makes me so happy you fell in love with the books and the characters! And the other 'good' news is that the series isn't over!! There will be a fourth book coming out this year!!