Nov 5, 2013

Blog Tour: Horizon by Alyson Noel ~ Spotlight ~ Review ~ Giveaway

 



Fated ( Soul Seekers Series #1)
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Book Summary: 

Until now, he's existed only in her dreams -
but fate is about to bring them together.


I shove through the crowd, knocking into girls and bouncing off boys, until one in particular catches me, steadies me.
I feel so secure, so at home in his arms.
I melt against his chest-lift my gaze to meet his. Gasping when I stare into a pair of icy blue eyes banded by brilliant flecks of gold that shine like kaleidoscopes, reflecting my image thousands of times.
The boy from my dream.
The one who died in my arms.

Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter’s sanity, Daire’s mother sends her to live with the grandmother she’s never met. A woman who recognizes the visions for what they truly are—the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker—one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead.

There on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico, Daire sets out to harness her mystical powers. But it’s when she meets Dace, the boy from her dreams, that her whole world is shaken to its core. Now Daire is forced to discover if Dace is the one guy she's meant to be with...or if he’s allied with the enemy she's destined to destroy.

My Thoughts:

This book has a great concept which revolves around the soul seekers and the self discovery of the heroine that she is not a human being but a soul seer. The plot is planned out well and I liked the characters except the heroine because she seems to be a little immature, though I understand her situation give that her beliefs turn out to be wrong and the very truth about her true identity gets revealed but somewhere I felt that she isn’t in control of her own bearings which in my opinion is a very important trait of a heroine. I missed the romance element a lot in here but the climax is awesome. The story was a bit boring at the beginning and took a lot of time to pick up its pace but once it did there was no stopping and I enjoyed the rest very much.

Rating: 3 Stars


Echo (Soul Seekers Series #2) 
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Book Summary:


"A rush of romance will sweep you away in this hauntingly mystical read. I'm already as addicted to Daire and Dace as I was to Ever and Damen!" –Justine magazine

She inherited a magical destiny—and a mission to stop a powerful family of dark sorcerers. She never expected to fall in love with one of them.

There’s still so much Daire Santos has to learn about being the last Soul Seeker….and about herself.  As her magical training becomes more intense, so does her relationship with Dace.  But when she learns that his connection to the evil Richter family goes far deeper than she ever imagined, she begins to question if love really can conquer all.

Dace is painfully aware that he wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the Richters’ dark magic—and now his brother Cade is determined to use his love for Daire against him.  Dace is willing to sacrifice anything to protect the girl he loves —including his own life.  But will Daire allow it?  And what if defeating Cade costs not only his life, but his soul too?

Enchanting, haunting, romantic, Echo is the second book in the Soul Seekers series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël!

My Thoughts:

Well, to my surprise this book is far much better than Fated in all respect. It’s fast paced from the very fast unlike Fated and I got more romance to enjoy and with romance came the age old best friend of romance – doubt! I enjoyed the emotional turmoil through which Dace and Daire go through. Family ties are tested and love is challenged as well and oh my god the ending just knocked me off though there is a huge cliffhanger. The whole narrative descriptions of every detail made the read intriguing and I loved Alyson Noel’s writing style, it’s fabulous. Evil gets more dangerous and now it’s up to Daire and Dace to save their love and their very soul.

Rating: 4 Stars


Mystic ( Soul Seekers Series #3)
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Book Summary:

Since arriving in the dusty desert town of Enchantment, everything in Daire Santos life has changed...and not always for the better. While she's come to accept and embrace her new powers as a Soul Seeker, Daire struggles with the responsibility she holds navigating between the worlds of the living and the dead--and her mission to defeat the evil Cade Richter.  But Cade's soul is inextricably entwined with that of her boyfriend Dace, putting their love to the ultimate test.  How can she defeat Cade if it means destroying Dace too?  And is their love strong enough to survive death—and what lies beyond?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this sequel and here we got to see more of Cade (Dace’s evil twin). The characters developed immensely and noticeably in this book and I was really surprised to see that Daire also developed a lot. Compared to the other two books this one a lot of action scenes which really made it a rocking read and I liked Cade more than Dace (don’t get me wrong but I like bad boys very much). Great planned out plot and the characters fit well within it. The unexpected twists made me go all crazy but nonetheless I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Rating: 4 Stars


Horizon ( Soul Seekers Series #4)
Releasing on November 19th 2013
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Book Summary:


Fate has bound them together—and torn them apart. Now Daire and Dace face one final fight that will seal their destiny forever.

Daire Santos is the last of the Soul Seekers, and the only thing standing between the Richters and the destruction of everyone she loves. With her grandmother gone and Cade back in Enchantment, Daire must finally step into her destiny and lead the fight against the Richters. But what if that means sacrificing the person she loves most?

Bound to the Richters by blood, Dace struggles against the darkness growing inside him that threatens to claim Daire too. Though Daire refuses to give up on him, the choice may not be hers. An epic battle is on the horizon and the end of the world looms near. With such insurmountable odds stacked against them, is their love really enough to conquer all?


My Thoughts:

The last fight for love! The last chance to save your love! The last chance to save the world! The last chance to seal yours and your love’s fate together! The last chance to stand up against evil and fulfil your responsibility even if it costs your life and most importantly your love!
Wow! What an epic ending to the Soul Seer series! I truly loved it. The plot is fabulous and it is presented in an excellent manner. I was shell-shocked by the turn that the concept took and the path that the author chose for her characters in the end. The description of the emotional whirlwind that both Daire and Dace faces really did wonder and it bound me to the story very well. The action scenes are fabulous and the suspense of the ultimate outcome made me chomp on my recently manicured nails (ugh!!!) but let me tell you that it was worth all the time I spent on it and I just loved the ending. This story made me laugh, cry, worry and also made my heart wrench seeing our beloved hero and heroine in the state of indecision when they had to choose between love, loyalty, responsibility, blood ties, darkness and most importantly the world’s safety. A great book and I will surely recommend it to ya all and hope that you guys will love it too.


Rating: 5 Stars


Overall Series Review:

I enjoyed the series very much and would like to congratulate the author for the massive fan following of the series. The concept is fresh and new and the plot is perfect. Though at first I felt the story to be dragged a little but from the second installment of the series the story was back in fast-track with a huge bang on and from there on it surpassed all the levels of awesomeness. There is action, romance, mystery, suspense, dangerous evil, fight for love, betraying blood ties for love and light and so much more. I would recommend this series to ya all and hope that you’ll love it just like me.
I would like to thank the author and the publisher for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this fabulous series as a part of a blog tour.


Overall Series Rating: 4 Loving Hearts




About The Author:



Alyson Noël is the #1 New York Times best selling, award-winning, author of FAKING 19, ART GEEKS AND PROM QUEENS, LAGUNA COVE, FLY ME TO THE MOON, KISS & BLOG, SAVING ZOË, CRUEL SUMMER, FOREVER SUMMER (a LAGUNA COVE/CRUEL SUMMER 2-in1), KEEPING SECRETS (FAKING 19/SAVING ZOE 2-in-1), THE IMMORTALS series including: EVERMORE, BLUE MOON, SHADOWLAND, DARK FLAME, NIGHT STAR, & EVERLASTING, THE IMMORTALS spin-off, RILEY BLOOM series including RADIANCE, SHIMMER, DREAMLAND & WHISPER), with short stories apearing in the anthologies: FIRST KISS (THEN TELL), KISSES FROM HELL, & DEAR BULLY. She is currently working on a new series for teens, THE SOUL SEEKERS: including FATED & ECHO- in stores now-, MYSTIC (05.07.13), & HORIZON (11.12.13).
With over 8 New York Times bestsellers in 2 years, and over 7 million copies in print, her books have been translated into 37 languages, sold in over 50 countries, and have made the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, NCIBA, Walmart, and numerous international bestsellers lists. And have won numerous awards such as: the National Reader's Choice Award, NYLA Book of Winter Award, NYPL Stuff for the Teenage, TeenReads Best Books of 2007, Reviewer's Choice 2007 Top Ten, appeared on the CBS Early Show's "Give the Gift of Reading" segment, and selected for Seventeen Magazine's "Hot List" and Beach Book Club Pick.
The dramatic rights for all 4 books in THE SOUL SEEKERS series were optioned for film by Cheyenne Enterprises--and her adult novel, FLY ME TO THE MOON, was optioned by Ridley Scott's, Scott Free Productions, with Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones' Diary) set to write and direct.
Born and raised in Orange County, California, she's lived in both Mykonos and Manhattan and is now settled in Southern California where she's working on her next book.

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