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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Review and Giveaway: Dead Radiance by T.G. Ayer

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Synopsis: 
"That day I knew for sure. I'd lost control of my tears then. They fell in huge, mocking drops. I stared at Joshua through those bitter tears, my heart missing beats as I tried to remember to breathe. I finally knew what the glow meant. I was a freak and Joshua was going to die." Bryn Halbrook had always seen the glow. But it is only when her best friend dies that she discovers the meaning of those beautiful golden auras - Death. Alone, lost in the foster system, she struggles to understand who she is and why she was cursed with the ability to see the soon-to-be-dead. The new foster kid, Aidan, isn't helping any. Mr. Perfect seems to fit in no matter what, making her feel even more pathetic. But when his affections turn to her, Bryn finds him hard to resist. Impossible actually. A mystery himself, Aidan disappears, leaving behind a broken heart and a mysterious book that suggests Bryn might not be entirely human. Bryn stands at the threshold of a journey of discovery. Will destiny help her find herself, find her purpose and her place in a world in which she'd never belonged?

Review:  I really liked that this book is about Valkyries.  There is a whole lotta paranormal going on in the book - but I'm getting bored with all the vampire and werewolf stories.  This story was a refreshing break from that.  I really liked Bryn.  She has so much going on in her life that leaves her feeling broken and sad.  Throughout the book Bryn grows as an individual and has a fierce strength about her in the end.  She embraces all the changes to her life and allows them to make her a stronger and better person.

I really liked that T.G. Ayer put so much into world building.  I loved learning about the world Bryn was facing.  I also am a huge fan of mythology - though Norse Mythology isn't something that I'm very familiar with.  This book helped me learn quite a few things about it. 

I could not put this book down and I can't wait to see what's in store in the next book.


Author Bio

I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognise that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practise given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each other's loves – it works wonderfully…

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.

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*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*




3 comments:

Erika said...

Interesting! Thanks for the chance to win!

Nickle love said...

Great giveaway, this sounds really interesting. XD

Jennifer G said...

Thanks for entering ladies. It really is an interesting book.

 
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