Thursday, June 13, 2013

Never Let You Fall Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Never Let You Fall tour! I have a review of this lovely book coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a signed copy and swag. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:


Never Let You Fall
Orphaned at 7, with no memory of her past or the family she lost, 17 year old Skye Martin is tired of being alone and afraid. After a hard night of partying, Skye wakes up alone in an unfamiliar hotel. All she can remember is the deep voice of her rescuer and his promise: “I am safe.”

Xander has been tasked with watching Skye from afar for the past two years, in order to keep her safe from the demons that hunt her. An easy job - until a pair of red glowing eyes reveal themselves to Skye, and Xander, in a moment of weakness, is forced to break his cover to protect her.

Never good at trusting people, Skye is inexplicably drawn to Xander and the immediate bond she feels for him. However, Xander is filled with secrets and ties to her past that threaten to thrust Skye into a world she could never imagine existed…

As she begins to unravel the truth about who Xander is and the details surrounding her family, she discovers that she might just be the key to saving everything...

And, most importantly, she finds that there has always been someone by her side who would never let her fall…

My Rating: 4 Roses

Really liked this book. Though the concept of a lost princess isn't new, this telling of the trope was still wonderful and unique in its own way.

Skye was an okay heroine. I liked that she didn't just blindly believe what she was told and had a healthy dose of skepticism. I was a little annoyed that she kept saying the war being fought over was her fault and she kept feeling guilty about that. That just seemed unrealistic to me. All those people weren't fighting for her, but for what she represented: the rightful ruler and a better future. It seemed almost egocentric that she kept saying it like it was her fault. Honestly, dear, those people don't care about you as a person, but you as a symbol. Anyone else would have done, but you just happened to be the princess. It would have been her fault had be refused to take her place when she was able to. But, not when she was still a child. It wouldn't have bothered me so much, but she kept repeating it and I just wanted to shake some sense into her. It probably sounds like I didn't like her, doesn't it? But, I did like her. She was a strong heroine who refused to be taken down by anything and is willing to sacrifice a lot in the name of her responsibility. Other than my frustration towards her self-martyring, I thought she was a great heroine.

Xander was an absolute darling. I adored him! He was so sweet and utterly devoted to Skye. He was wonderful!

The romance was emotionally intense. Xander has loved Skye for years and it doesn't take Skye long to fall for him as well. Their motto of "I'll never let you fall" was so sweet and I loved it. I thought they were very sweet together and I hope that they manage to defeat the odds in the next books and be together.

The plot was okay. It seemed to drag in some places, though I never lost interest. There were tons of secrets that were shocking and the ending left me anxious to find out what happens next.

Never Let You Fall was a wonderful YA paranormal romance. Lovers of the genre, you should give this book a try.

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

"First, can you check the glove box and see what’s in there?" Xander asked, interrupting my thoughts.

I actually jumped back a little when I popped the glovebox open, which caused Xander to snicker at me. "What did you think was going to jump out at you?"

"These days I have no idea," I retorted, as I pulled out the single envelope that lay in the glove box. It was sealed and thin, and couldn’t have held more than a sheet of paper, as light as it felt.

"Looking for this?" I questioned, and I held it up for him to see.

"Yeah, I think so." His voice wavered and I found myself studying his profile; trying to get an idea for what was going on in his head.

"Open it up."

"Really?" I asked, with trepidation dripping in my voice. "You're actually going to let me in?"

His hand ran through his hair - I loved that - and he sighed. "Skye, I've kept you out of the loop for as long as I have so that I could keep you safe, not because I wanted to. We’re in this together now."

My heart leapt. He was right…we were in this, whatever it was, together. I tore open the envelope and pulled out a single sheet of paper with a name and number. That was it? I flipped it over. Nothing.

"This is it. The name ‘Selene’ and a number," I said softly.

I guess I’d expected something more profound.

"That's it," confirmed Xander. "After we jump on the interstate we can pick up a phone, and then we’ll call her."

"Okay. Who is she?"

Xander cleared his throat before he spoke, but kept his eyes on the road.

"I don't know, actually."

"You don't know? Do you even know where we’re going?"

"Nope."

The urge to jerk the door open and throw myself out of the moving vehicle was overwhelming.

"Time to tell me the plan, Xander. I need to know now."

"I know. I told you I would fill you in, but I just wanted to be sure the number was in the glove box. You know at the diner, when you questioned how I was supposed to keep you safe for the rest of your life?"

I nodded in acknowledgment and he continued on. "It upset me, because I realized that you didn’t ‘get the picture’ yet..."

"What picture?"

"The one where you will never be safe Skye. Not here. Hell - maybe not even in Tyalbrook."

A million curses and questions hurtled over each other in a rush to make their way out of my mouth, but all I actually said was, "Why?"
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Giveaway:
Up for grabs is a prize pack that includes a signed copy of Never Let You Fall and swag (US only) and 3 e-copies (Intl). Ends June 17.
Good luck!

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About the Author:
Michele G.  Miller
Having grown up in both the cold, quiet town of Topsham, Maine and the steamy, southern hospitality of Mobile, Alabama, Michele is something of a enigma. She is an avid Yankees fan, loves New England, being outdoors and misses snow. However she thinks southern boys are hotter, Alabama football is the only REAL football out there and sweet tea is the best thing this side of heaven and her children’s laughter! Her family, a doting husband and three awesome minions, have planted their roots in the middle of Michele’s two childhood homes in Charlotte, North Carolina. Never Let You Fall is Michele’s first novel and she is beyond thrilled to have finally followed up on a dream she has held for over 20 years! God willing there will be many many more books to follow.

5 comments:

  1. Looks like we both agree that the romance was the best part of this book. Xander was a totally swoon-worthy leading man! Michele has said that we can expect more magic in the next installment - I can't wait to see what's in store!

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  2. Michele G MillerJune 14, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Thanks for sharing NLYF today Farrah and for the great review! As Nicole said below - Book 2 will have a lot more magic and PN..and of course more romance ;)

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  3. That sounds wonderful; can't wait to read what's is store :)

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  4. Glad to host for you! So excited to read book 2 :)

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  5. I'd want to meet a Unicorn...

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