Thursday, May 9, 2013

Tuff Girl Legion Presents Of Silver and Beasts: Review + Bonus Material Info + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Of  Silver and Beasts blog tour, hosted by the Tuff Girl Legion! I have a review of this fantastic book coming up, as well as information about some great bonus content and a giveaway for a $15 gift card, e-books, and swag. But, before we get to all of that awesomeness, let me introduce the book:

Of Silver and Beasts
In the sand-covered queendom of Cavan, the goddess once saved a young Kaliope’s life, preventing the mercury her father attempted to hide in her blood from reaching her heart. Now, a cybernetic clamp filters it, but the silver streaks swirling faintly beneath her skin are a constant reminder that she’s different.

When nineteen-year-old Kaliope is chosen as head of the Nactue Guard, she becomes the sworn protector to her empress. In the midst of an invasion on a neighboring land, Kaliope is placed in charge of guarding Prince Caben, the last heir to his kingdom. But when they’re attacked by the feared Otherworlders, Caben and Kaliope are abducted and taken below to a realm where they must fight for their life in a caged arena.

Kaliope struggles to protect her princely charge, keeping him and herself alive while battling inhumanly opponents, and trying to save the stolen, sacred relic that will restore her empress’s life force and all of Cavan. And if she can somehow awaken the goddess within her, she may save what’s most important.

New Adult Dark Fantasy: Intended for readers 17 years of age and older.

My Rating: 5 Roses
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So freaking amazing! I loved Of Silver and Beasts so much. Dark romance, warring goddesses, thrilling battles-this book has it all.

The atmosphere of this book was so well done. The feel of the entire book was dark, yet sensuous, and that feeling permeated throughout the whole story.  I really liked how brilliantly done that was.

The world building for this book was also great. The world that the characters live in is very different. Caben's kingdom was a more traditional set up. Not a sexist place, but with the same old fashioned traditions that we still live with today. Meanwhile, Kaliope's world went to gender equality and a little more. Women rule the kingdom. Men don't really hold higher positions, even though they are respected. (Imagine what happens when they meet up with their clashing ideals). There weren't any holes in the world-building, from the kingdoms, to the mythology.

Kaliope was a very strong heroine, though I wouldn't expect anything else from one of Trisha's leading ladies. She has had a lot of pain in her past, but she fought it all. Not only that, she ended up in one of the most revered positions in her kingdom. She came off as a bit of a man-hater at first, with all the issues with her father and her quickness to judge Caben. But, she became more open minded as the story went on. She was a total beast. Definitely an awesome heroine.

Caben seemed like just a pampered prince when we first meet him. But, it would be a mistake to underestimate him. He's fiercely loyal to his people and those he loves. He's determined to do what he can to help in any situation. He is incredibly crafty and clever. And he can take anyone down in hand to hand combat. On top of that, he was intent on learning how to fight with weapons so that he could defend himself, his loved ones, and his kingdom. Basically, he was as much a total beast as Kaliope was. And he was so sweet. It was impossible not to fall for him.

The romance in this book developed steadily and believably. The heat slowly simmered between them. And it was definitely HOT. But, they were also very sweet together. Apart, they were strong, but, together, they were an unstoppable team. I loved Kaliope and Caben as a couple and I'm hoping that they get a happy ending.

The plot was fast paced. There were a ton of thrills and surprises along the way that had me hooked. And the ending was so epic! I can't wait to find out what happens next!

Of Silver and Beasts was a magnificent New Adult dark romance. Anyone who likes romance, thrills, secrets, and dark mythology should definitely read this book.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
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Bonus Material Info:
Great news! Trisha Wolfe, being the awesome author that she is, has decided to release a scene from Of Silver and Beasts in Caben's POV. We have two scenes coming up: first, the "Cavern Scene" and, second, the very hot Chapter 24. BUT, before we get to read those, we have to get 50 review of this book up on Amazon. You can bookmark the bonus material here. So, what are you waiting for? Get reviewing! I know you want to see those scenes as much as I do  :) As an incentive, here is part of the Cavern Scene that we'll get in Caben's POV:

The cool sensation of the fresh water on my skin helps me forget my nerves and I lie back, floating just below the top of the water. My body dulls, the cold soothing my sore muscles, and I welcome the numbness. The ceiling of the cave is sprinkled with tiny clusters of white lights, dotting the canopy above our heads like stars in the sky. I feel as if I'm sitting on the rooftop of my apartment, staring at the night sky, not here in the Otherworld, awaiting my death.

The water rolls, rocking my body, and I glance over as Caben floats up beside me. He's on his back also, and points to the lights dusting the cave ceiling.

“Diamonds,” he says.

“Really?” I don't know much about any minerals other than mercury. And somehow, diamonds as our stars makes my chest heavy. It's too beautiful. “How can you tell?”

“The ultraviolet light shows the impurities,” he says. “The imperfections actually absorb the dark light, causing the diamond to emit a visible glow.” He chuckles. “A very expensive lighting effect.”

I laugh. “Quite expensive.” They twinkle as they reflect the rippling water. “But almost more heavenly than the stars.” I lower my voice at the end, hoping he didn't hear my spoken thoughts.

Caben doesn't speak, and the trickling of the stream and lap of the pool becomes the only sound as we float in compatible silence. I could drift off, fall asleep in this peaceful place, but I know we still have a mission to complete before the Reckoning.

This thought awakens me, and I touch my feet to the bottom of the pool and begin to wade toward the edge.

I hear Caben's heavy groan. “No you don't,” he says, and captures the bottom of my tunic. He tugs me through the water, back to the pool's center. “Not yet. This could be our last reprieve, and I plan for us to enjoy it.”

As I turn to face him, his fingers slip from my shirt to my waist, grazing my stomach. My skin prickles, and I shiver, matching the trembling water around us. His deep blue eyes meet mine, and he swallows, his Adam's apple working. Slowly, he begins to inch up my tunic--

“Wait.” I place my hand on top of his.

He cranes an eyebrow. “It should really have time to dry before we go back.”

Logically, that makes sense. But the heated look he's giving me says so much more. And regardless of the attraction I may feel for the prince--a woman would have to be blind--and whether or not we actually escape this hell ... what then? We share an intimate moment once, and go back to our stations in life, simply pretending nothing happened?

Or maybe I'm reading too much into his gaze. He's a man, and physical desire is self-serving. He may die ... and he probably wants to bed a woman one last time. Everything about his character screams he's not one who thinks past the moment.

I could lose myself for now, give in to the pulse quickening my blood with need, but I've never shown a man the clamp over my heart. It would have to be something I did for a different reason if I ever chose to do so. Not merely because I may die soon.

As I push his hand away and start to swim off, he grasps my waist, encircling his firm arms around my stomach, and pulls my back to his chest.

“Don't run from me,” he breathes into my ear. “I'm not asking for anything. Not even whatever it is you're hiding. Just stay here.”

Giveaway:
Up for grabs is a $15 gift card, an e-copy of Of Silver and Beasts, an e-copy of Astarte's Wrath, and some signed bookmarks. Ends May 13.
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.


1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on the publication of Of Silver and Beasts! It sounds like a fascinating book. Great review. Thanks for sharing.

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