Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Kiss of Fire Blog Tour: Review + Kindle Fire GIVEAWAY!

Welcome to my post for the Kiss of Fire blog tour! This book is incredible-I have a full review of me raving about it coming up, as well as a Kindle Fire giveaway coming up. So, let me start by introducing the book:

Kiss of Fire (Imdalind #1)
Joclyn Despain has been marred by a brand on her skin. She doesn't know why the mark appeared on her neck, but she doesn't want anyone to see it, including her best friend Ryland, who knows everything else about her. The scar is the reason she hides herself behind baggy clothes, and won't let the idea of kissing Ryland enter her mind, no matter how much she wants to.
The scar is the reason she is being hunted.

If only she knew that she was.

If only she had known that the cursed stone her estranged father sent for her 16th birthday would trigger a change in her. Now, she is being stalked by a tall blonde man, and is miraculously throwing her high school bully ten feet in the air.

Joclyn attempts to find some answers and the courage to follow her heart. When Ryland finds her scar; only he knows what it means, and who will kill her because of it.

My Rating: 5/5

Loved it! Kiss of Fire was such a brilliant book-just perfect.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book. I liked the idea, but I felt it could easily have ended up being a dull, predictable book. Turns out I didn't have to worry because this book was amazing. The twists, the turns, the surprises-they had me on the edge of my seat.

Joclyn was a wonderful heroine. She deals with everything thrown at her with remarkable strength. And I thought her devotion to Ryland was very sweet and admirable. There was nothing she would do to save her best friend turned boyfriend (which, is my favorite romance story arc). She is very powerful, though she doesn't find out until later in the book. But, when she did, she definitely proved her power and took up the mantle it entailed with grace. Honestly, there wasn't anything less than lovely about  her. She was a lovely lead.

Ryland was so amazing! I swear, it only took a couple of chapters in before I totally fell for him. He was so sweet! His strength in the face of all the horrible things he endured was way beyond remarkable. And his devotion to Joclyn and determination to ensure her safety was so sweet. He was so perfect. 

I loved how much depth Joclyn and Ryland's relationship had. Honestly, they didn't even kiss until the last few chapters and it was only that once. But their relationship didn't need that. It was clear, whenever they were together, how in love they were-even if they refused to admit it for quite a while. However, from what happens in this book, it appears there may be a rival for Joclyn's affections. We'll have to see how that goes. 

The plot was steadily paced. It was about halfway through before the magic was actually introduced. But it never felt like the plot was dragging. It felt like realistic world building. That first half got me invested in the characters on an emotional level. And once things really started up, I was absolutely hooked and kept of the edge of my seat. The twists and secrets and surprises kept Kiss of Fire from being predictable in any way. And the ending was epic-I almost cried. So much happened-part of it absolutely devastating. I'm so glad that I have an ARC of the next book or else I might have had an anxiety attack from the need to find out what happens next.
Kiss of Fire is a brilliant YA paranormal romance. Lovers of the genre, you need to read this book!

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

Up for grabs is a Kindle Fire pre-loaded with Kiss of Fire and the sequel-Eyes of Ember. Ends April 1. 
Good luck!
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About the Author:
Rebecca L. Ethington
Rebecca Ethington has been telling stories since she was small. First, with writing crude scripts, and then on stage with years of theatrical performances. The Imdalind Series is her first stint into the world of literary writing. Rebecca is a mother to two, and wife to her best friend of 14 years. She was born and raised in the mountains of Salt Lake City, and hasn’t found the desire to leave yet. Her days are spent writing, running, and enjoying life with her amazing family.


  1. I'm not entirely sure, since the tour organizer created the giveaway and not me. However, I assume it's international to anywhere that Amazon ships to :)

  2. Great review! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Love the cover of your book..Great Giveaway..Thanks!!

  4. Thanks for sharing such an awesome review! It is such a good book, and I'm so excited for the next one to come out.

  5. Glad you liked Kiss of Fire! I'm excited for the next one, as well :)

  6. Thanks for coming :)

  7. KISS OF FIRE sounds like a good YA story. I will definitely have to check it out :)

  8. Thanks so much for hosting a stop on the tour! I am so glad that you liked Kiss of Fire! I am absolutely awed by your review. :D Ryland is definitely one of my favorites - Most people don't believe me when I tell them there is only one kiss in the book :) And you are super lucky you have Eyes of Ember already - I won't even let my husband read it yet lol

  9. It was great hosting-I wouldn't have found out about your lovely books otherwise :)