Friday, October 25, 2013

All Hallows Eve Indies Tour Featuring Jennifer Blackstream: Review + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the All Hallows Eve Indies Tour! This tour is HUGE and tons of fun, featuring over 100 Indie authors! I'll be featuring the lovely Jennifer Blackstream and her fantastic Blood Prince series, including a review of book 2, One Bite. Also, I have two giveaways coming up, one for copies of the Blood Prince series, and an epic giveaway including a Kindle Fire and 100+ e-books! But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the author and her books:

About the Author:
Jennifer Blackstream
Jennifer Blackstream is a psychology enthusiast with both a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology. Her fascination with the human mind is most appeased through the study of mythology and folklore as well as all of Terry Pratchett’s novels.

Jennifer enjoys listening to Alice Cooper, trying new recipes (to which she will add garlic whether it calls for it or not), watching television with her family, and playing with her woefully intelligent three year old son.

Jennifer spends most of her time drinking coffee from her X-Men mug and desperately trying to get all her ideas written down before her toddler can find that all magical button on her laptop to make all her work vanish.

If you would like to receive an alert when a new Jennifer Blackstream title is released or goes on sale, and also be automatically entered to win prizes in various contests, sign up for her mailing list at  www.jenniferblackstream.com.

Release date: July 1, 2013
Publisher: Skeleton Key Publishing 
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Fairy Tale Retelling
Series: Blood Prince #1

Loupe always dreamed of getting married. She yearned for a caring husband who would take her away from her servant-like existence at home with her stepmother and two stepsisters, a man who would love her forever. Those dreams ended the day she was bitten by a werewolf. Now she’s a mindless beast on the night of the full moon—a condition that forever prevents her from sharing a marriage bed. Not even the attentions of a handsome and endearingly strong prince can convince her that the life she wants is still possible.

Etienne is a prince in need of a werewolf. A werewolf himself from birth, Etienne and his family have protected their kingdom with tooth and claw—literally—for thousands of years. Unfortunately, the spell of a well-meaning witch is slowly turning him human. Only the bite of a cursed werewolf, one who was not born with the beast inside, can save him from becoming human. He has no time for anything that will not lead him to a cure for the cure. Not even the beautiful maiden whose gentle nature soothes his soul can take his mind from his goal.

Love cares little for the best laid plans or the impossible. A grand ball. The stroke of twelve. A magic “slipper.” All kinds of things can happen when you don’t leave the ball…Before Midnight.

To see my review of Before Midnight, go here.


One Bite (Blood Prince, #2)
One Bite (Blood Prince #2)

Irina is determined to continue her fight for freedom. Freedom for her from her evil sorceress stepmother, and freedom for every faction in the kingdom of Dacia. Unfortunately, her stepmother isn’t about to let that happen and she’s got a poisoned apple and a glass coffin with Irina’s name on them…

Kirill is a vampire prince determined to be a vampire king. Unfortunately, his vampiric father has no intentions of vacating the throne anytime soon and the prophecy Kirill found hinting at a “Great New Kingdom” is proving tricky to translate. It doesn’t help that the beautiful woman he found unconscious in the woods seems determined to undermine his authority at every turn. He’d kill her himself if she didn’t have the strangest gift for soothing his bloodthirsty spirit.

Even an undead mastermind can’t foresee everything. Seven dwarves. A poison apple. A glass coffin. It’s a strange and terrifying world when events can take a turn for the better or worse with just…One Bite.


My Rating for One Bite: 5 Roses

Another dark, lovely retelling in this brilliant series! One Bite was a wonderful, dark re-imagining of Snow White with-wait for it-vampires! It was absolutely fantastic and I totally loved it.

I'm just loving this series. I love dark fairy tales and these books hit that dead on. We get more of an idea of what's going on with the prophecy of the World Tree and why it involves the princes of the 5 realms. I loved book 1, I loved book 2 even more, and I can't wait to see what's in store for book 3. If I remember correctly, it will be a dark version of Rapunzel, featuring our incubus. Doesn't that sound fun? I think it does.

Irina was a strong heroine. She's lived in fear of her stepmother for years and, after finally escaping, she's not going to let anyone else rule her. She was tough, kind, and a great character. I really liked her.

Kirill was a crafty character. He's very clever, ambitious, and determined. Because of that, he comes off as cold-hearted at first. But, it doesn't take long after he meets Irina that we see his soft side. He was very devoted to and protective of her. He was really sweet and I adored him.

The romance was lovely. Irina and Kirill were a perfect match. With Irina's ability to charm others into friendship and Kirill's ability to ruthlessly scheme, they were complements to each other. Not to mention the chemistry between these two. It was super hot and steamy. I thought these two were perfect together.

The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. Even though this book follows the story of Snow White, so we know what's going to happen, the author managed to throw in a few surprises. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely. I can't wait to get my hands on book 3!

One Bite was a brilliant paranormal romance. It took the story of Snow White and make it delightfully dark and absolutely amazing. I loved this book! Lovers of romance, this is a book you have to read.

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*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
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Giveaways:
I have two awesome giveaways for you.
First, I have a giveaway from the author, Jennifer Blackstream, for e-copies of Before Midnight and One Bite. Open INT. Ends October 31.

Second, I have the amazing All Hallows Eve Indies Tour giveaway. Up for grabs is a Kindle HD and 100 books from the participating authors. Second prize gets a T-shirt and 19 e-books from various participating authors. Ends November 1.

Good luck!

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1 comment:

  1. I've read and loved this book. Jennifer Blackstream is one of my favorite authors. :)

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