Friday, March 28, 2014

Huntsman's Prey Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Huntsman's Prey book tour! I love this series and this newest addition was just as amazing. I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $25 gift card. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

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Release date: February 10, 2014
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Series: Kingdom #7

Rumors abound in Wonderland, of a dark princess named Chrysalis who bears the Moon's curse. Her beauty is beyond compare, and her madness... even greater than her father's, The Hatter. Death follows wherever she roams, and Danika--fairy godmother of all villains--knows this task is too great for her to handle on her own. She has no choice but to seek out the one they call Huntsman, his mission is simple: Find the creature, and destroy it.

But nothing is ever so simple in Kingdom. The moment the hunter Aeric steps foot in the mad, twisted realm he's enveloped in a reality that is neither wholly true nor fantasy. The key, the Cheshire explains, to ending the madness is for one to become mad themselves. The Huntsman has one chance to figure out the riddle before the beauty destroys them all...



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My Rating: 5 Roses

A dark, creepy, and lovely romance, The Huntsman's Prey was a fantastic read. I absolutely loved this book! From the secrets, to the magic, this book was wonderful.

Lissa was partly the heroine of the book. Of course, this is Wonderland, where things aren't always as they seem and Lissa definitely had some secrets that even she didn't know. I really liked her. She was a sweet, kind, and strong character. I thought she was great.

We see less of Chrysalis is this book than I expected, partly because this woman is sneaky and knows how to hide. But, when we do see her, she was a fantastic character. Despite her madness, she did everything she could to keep her loved ones safe and fought to ensure she wasn't a danger to anyone anymore. I thought she was a brilliant character.

Aeric was amazing. Despite his formidable reputation as a killer, he was very sweet and kinder than his reputation would let on. He was formidable when someone crossed him and very determined when he set his mind to something. He was wonderful and I adored him.

The romance was lovely. Lissa and Aeric were sweet together and the chemistry between them was HOT. But, not all is as is seems...

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were plenty of secrets to go around. I suspected the biggest secret early on, but that didn't take away from the suspense. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely. More than one couple got a happy ending and I thought it was perfect. Can't wait to read more from Kingdom!

Huntsman's Prey was a brilliant fantasy romance. It was dark, lovely, and full of secrets. I absolutely loved this book! Fans of the series, you won't be disappointed with the newest addition. And, romance lovers, this is a book you don't want to miss.



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

The bridge came to an abrupt end. One second it was stretched as endlessly as an ocean into the horizon, the next, they were off. And the horrible, rending sound wasn’t thunder at all.

But a bike. A gleaming bike of chrome that spit a long orange and blue tail of fire, the light in the front wasn’t white, but red. A deep, bloody red color that almost appeared to blink back at them.

Sitting astride the metal beast was the black leather-wearing demon himself. His long blond hair was caught back in a ponytail, scruff dusted his jaw and he was gazing at Aeric with an impish curl of his lips.

“The famed Huntsman.” The silky smooth voice was designed to make any woman salivate, and any man want to grind that pretty boy face into the dust beneath their feet.

Aeric gnashed his teeth, immediately feeling a burning hatred fester and boil down deep in his soul. “Rumpel,” he snarled, fisting his fingers by his sides.

Lissa, who’d been silent up till now, turned toward him. Her eyes were slitted as she said, “Relax, hunter. We need him, remember?”

She was right. He blinked, and took a moment to breathe deeply through his nose and out his mouth. Just enough to get his irrational urges under control.

When he looked up, Rumple was leaning back on his bike, feet propped up on the handlebars with his arms crossed behind his back and his peaked brows raised.

“You owe me,” Rumpel grinned.

“I did not ask for your help,” Aeric ground out.

“Tsk. Tsk, Aeric. You know that is not how this transaction will go.”

“And just how do you imagine this will go?”

“With me getting what I want, hunter. And if I don’t,” he sat up, straddling the bike once more, “then you’ll return right back to where you were. And good luck getting out of that by yourself.”

His laugh was like the scrape of nails on glass. Heart pounding with fury, Aeric took a step forward. Ready to throttle him, Lissa jumped into his arms.

Her furry little body instantly quieted the rage humming through his blood.

Her face had transformed again, and this time it wasn’t the cat but the woman gazing down at him. “Aeric, before you do something we’ll both regret, remember that even in female form I’m not nearly strong enough to pull you out, you had minutes before the bit of land you stood on turned to dust beneath you too. If you reject his offer, there will be no coming back.”

He didn’t realize he was petting her again until he heard her purring, but the repetitive movement definitely helped to calm him. And as he pet her he realized she didn’t smell like spring rain as she always did, now she smelled of the perfume of a thousand roses.

“Lissa, you don’t understand, there is no end to his trickery. You agree to one thing, little realizing you’ve been duped into so much more. It’s not worth it. I’ll figure out something.”

She hissed. “Foolish man. Just like all the rest. With what? You’ve lost your pack. The are no tools to bail you out, there is only this.” Her tiny nostrils flared as her full pink lips tipped down with a mixture of disgust and anger and it was irrational that he should suddenly feel like laughing.

Did she actually care?

“You’d have me sign a deal with the devil? And what if his deal kills me in the end anyway? You’re okay with this?”

Not that it was her decision to make, in the end he’d be the one deciding what to do, but it confused him that she would care so much.

She didn’t answer, just continued gazing at him with that intense feline stare that made him feel strange. Discombobulated.

“Why?” he asked. “Give me one good reason why you care so much, and don’t just say because, because if you do I will turn around and demand he put me back in that hole.”

He himself couldn’t understand why he wanted to know the answer to this riddle. Why it mattered so much to him.

But in all his life no one had ever really cared what happened to him.

Anyone and everything he’d ever loved had always disappointed him, always left him in the end. So why did a perfect stranger care so much?

“Because I think you can save me,” she finally whispered.
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Giveaway:
Up for grabs is a $25 gift card. Ends March 31.
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About the Author:

Marie loves books that make you think, or feel something. Preferably both. And while she’s a total girly girl and loves glitter and rainbows, she’s just as happy when she’s writing about the dark underbelly of society. Well, if things like zombies, and vampires, and werewolves, and mermaids existed. (Although she has it on good authority that mermaids do in fact exist, because the internet told her so.)

She’s married to the love of her life, a sexy beast of a caveman who likes to refer to himself as Big Hunk. She has two awesome kids, lives in Hawaii, loves cooking and occasionally has been known to crochet.


5 comments:

  1. This
    is the first book I've read in the Kingdom Series and I loved it. It was a fantastic magical fantasy ride through Wonderland. The characters are complex, interesting, and lovable. This story starts off strong and never slows down.

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  2. I totally agree! Glad you liked this book, too :)

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  3. Elise-Maria BartonMarch 28, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    I love your Bio Marie; lucky you, with your very own Neanderthal! Thamks for the review Farrah. Have a great weekend.

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  4. Nurmawati DjuhawanMarch 29, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    thx u for hosting today ^^

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  5. thanks so much for the great giveaway the book sounds really good thanks denise smith

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