Monday, March 11, 2013

First Visions by Heather Topham Wood: Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY!

Welcome to my post for the First Visions Blog Tour! I have a review of this lovely book as well as a $40 Amazon gift card giveaway for you all. But, let me first introduce the book:

First Visions (Second Sight, #1)
Two years ago, 21-year-old Kate Edwards became deathly ill and slipped into a coma. While unconscious, she crept into the mind of a missing boy and awoke with the knowledge of his location. Friends and family were skeptical and wary of her new ability to see into the minds of others. Their fears prompted Kate to keep her psychic powers a secret. Feeling alienated, she dropped out of college and spent most of her days holed up at her mother's home.

Now another child has been abducted. Police detective Jared Corbett seeks out Kate for her help in solving the case. Reluctantly, Kate agrees and they must work together to bring 8-year-old Cori Preston home to her family. Although attracted to one another, Jared has a girlfriend with ties to the abduction case and Kate is sarcastic and guarded since her coma. With visions she can't control and an uncontrollable attraction to the detective, she wonders if she can leave the past behind and finally stop hiding from the world. Otherwise, Cori may be lost forever.

My Rating: 3/5

Lovely! First Visions was a great read that I really enjoyed.

Kate was a wonderful character. She was hilarious. She had some sass and her comments had me cracking up. Her denial of her abilities at first frustrated me, but she proved herself later with her determination to save the kidnapped child. By the end, I really liked her.

Jared was frustrating sometimes. He was very sweet and gentlemanly. But, sometimes he was just so obtuse, it made me want to shake some sense into him. However, I did like him. His and Kate's relationship wasn't the forefront of the book. It was mostly about the mystery of the kidnapper and the romance was secondary. They were a sweet couple without really any spice.

One aspect of the book that frustrated me a little was that it was never explained why Kate gained her abilities. Or how they worked. I like to know the hows of whys of paranormal aspects in a book and not have it just be there without explanation.

The plot moved quickly and the thrills of the kidnapper mystery had me hooked. The ending left a nice segue into book 2, but it wrapped up the most of the loose ends.

First Visions was a lovely read-a mix of mystery and paranormal with a touch of romance. 

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

Up for grabs is a $40 Amazon gift card. Ends March 27. 
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About the Author:
Heather Topham Wood
Heather Topham Wood’s obsession with novels began in childhood while growing up in a shore town in New Jersey. Writing since her teens, she recently returned to penning novels after a successful career as a freelance writer. In 2012, she published the first two novels in her Second Sight series: First Visions and New Revelations.

Heather graduated from the College of New Jersey in 2005 and holds a bachelor's degree in English. Her freelance work has appeared in publications such as USA Today,, Outlook by the Bay and Step in Style magazine. She resides in Trenton, New Jersey with her husband and two sons. Besides writing, Heather is a pop culture fanatic and has an obsession with supernatural novels and TV shows.

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