Friday, April 19, 2013

Tuff Girl Legion Presents Astarte's Wrath: Review + Bonus Material + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Tuff Girl Legion Astarte's Wrath blog tour! I'm so excited to host for this book LOVE it. I have a review, some information about awesome bonus material, and a giveaway for a $10 gift card and signed book marks. But first, allow me to introduce the book:


Astarte's WrathA tragic love story.
Two thousand years before Dez Harkly developed her secret powers, Guardian Astarte was vowed to protect by the binds enslaving her to the Egyptian pharaohs. Discover the prophecy that originated from a very different time, and spans generations to link two very different girls.

This is the beginning.

Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Actium, in the city of Alexandria, Star struggles with her guardian duties as her feelings for the newly named pharaoh of Egypt grow deeper. Not only is Caesarion her duty, he’s the son of Cleopatra, and he’s human. All of which makes their love forbidden.

But when a conspiracy linked to Caesar creeps into Alexandria, Star must choose between helping her fellow Kythan free themselves of their servitude, and protecting her charge—the last pharaoh—while Egypt burns around her.

New Adult/Mature YA: sexual content, drinking, drugs, violence, language, death, and other mature content intended for readers 17 and older. Astarte's Wrath is a companion novel to Destiny's Fire, but can be read as a standalone novel.

My Rating: 5/5

If I could give this a million stars, I totally would. I loved everything about this book! Every little detail was utterly perfect. So brilliant-everyone should read this book.

I loved how this book set up the history for the world of Destiny's Fire. If you've read DF, then you know that, during the age of Cleopatra, the Kythan betrayed their pharaoh and were cursed. This tells the story of how that happened.

The historical setting was flawless. It was so well done that I truly felt like I was in the time period, in the midst of a battle that would decide the fate of an ancient culture. The atmosphere, the imagery, the details. They were all perfect.

Star was a brilliant heroine, one of new favorites. She was one hell of a tough chick. She knew how to fight. She was also very intelligent, very aware of how the political climate was going. She was fiercely loyal, not only to Xarion, but to Egypt itself. She would do anything to keep it alive. She knew her place in the world and was determined to play her part. And I loved how she was so realistic. She felt like a real person. She definitely had me emotionally invested. Honestly, I adored her. She was totally awesome.

Xarion was amazing. He had me falling for him right away. Though his position is one of great importance-pharaoh in Egypt and the rightful heir to the Roman throne-he is humble. He does't want power. Rather, he wants to simply be able to live a happy life with Star. And, though star is his protector, he did everything he could to protect her. I loved him so much. He was so sweet, strong, clever, protective, loyal. He was a perfect hero.

Phoenix was another major character-another guardian. He was wonderful. I adored him. I wish I could have seen even more of him, because he was just great.

The emotions in this book were fantastically done. I felt every bit of the emotion, from the love, to the grief, to the betrayal. I got really emotionally invested.

The plot was brilliant. Fast paced, filled with thrills, fraught with twists and surprises. This book was far from predictable. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and the twists had my jaw dropping. The ending...it was so bittersweet. It took the greatest self control not to burst into tears. But, there was kind of a happy ending. Think the bittersweet, Titanic-esque kind of ending. It was so epic.

I LOVED this book. If you liked Destiny's Fire, you will love this prequel. And if you haven't read it, reading Astarte's Wrath will definitely make you want to read it. If you like romance, thrills, political intrigue-you have to read this.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
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Bonus Material:
Trisha Wolfe has done something absolutely amazing! She is going to release the bath scene from Xarion's POV! *fangirls* If you've read the book, you know how awesome that is. You can bookmark the bonus material here. BUT, to get the full scene, we need to get 50 reviews of Astarte's Wrath up on Amazon. So, what are you waiting for? Let's get going. To give you an incentive, here's a sneak peak:

Star narrows her eyes at me, her full, bottom lip puckering out the way it does when she's in serious thought--and though I'm listening to her words, all I want to do is trap that bottom lip between my teeth. Nip it and caress it with my tongue.

“I knew you'd say that,” she says. “And that is precisely why I didn't want you to know.” She raises her hand from my chest and swipes the wet hair from my forehead. Her body subtly moves against me with this action, and it drives me wild. “A possible retaliation by the guardians is just one more weighted burden on top of the many you already carry. You don't need the added strain. Let me deal with Candra and the Kythan. They're my kindred. As long as I'm their equal--in both power and status--I can protect you.”

This woman--the woman I've loved my entire life--is my protector. She not only guards against physical threats, but watches over my mental wellbeing. But I cannot allow her to carry all my problems alone anymore. I want to be her guardian, to be the one to comfort her when she's fearful, and protect her against this world.

I tilt my head and suck in a deep breath. “This is why you won't be with me.” I want her to admit it. If she finally confesses that our titles and her battle with the right course of action have been the only reasons for her kept affections, then by Gods…help me from laying her out on this tile and taking her--making her mine. I won't stop.
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Giveaway:
Up for grabs is a $10 Amazon gift card/Paypal Cash as well as some signed book marks. Ends April 21.
Good luck!
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About the Author:
Trisha Wolfe
Trisha Wolfe is the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), the NA Historical/Supernatural ASTARTE'S WRATH, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. Her NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013.

She's the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies. Check out www.TrishaWolfe.com for more on her books and bonus material. Follow Trisha on Twitter @TrishWolfe and like her Facebook page for updates.

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