Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tortured Souls Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Tortured Souls book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $25 gift card, book marks, and a copy of Tortured Souls. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Tortured Souls (The Orion Circle #1)
Release date: July 1, 2014 
Publisher: Sea Dragon Press
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Series: The Orion Circle #1

Sometimes Rest in Peace isn't an option.

Kacie Ramsey sees ghosts—and it's ruining her life. Her mother left, her father blames her, and no matter how hard she tries, she can't keep the ghosts away. Now a new power has emerged. Nightly visions of grisly murders and a relentless predator draw her to the brink of insanity.

When the phantom appears at a party, Kacie's longtime crush, Logan, saves her. He invites her to join the Orion Circle, a group of supernatural hunters with chapters in schools all over the country. Through the Circle, Kacie learns to embrace her spiritual powers, and for the first time in her life she feels in control rather than a victim.

But the Foxblood Demon will not give up so easily. A demented serial killer in life who trapped the souls of the thirteen children he murdered, imprisoning them within the walls of his mansion. Now in death, he plots his return while drawing power from the pure souls of the children. He recognizes something in Kacie he's never seen before—a medium powerful enough to provide a vessel for his tainted soul.

Kacie can't ignore the tortured souls of the children crying out to her every night. With Logan at her side, she will fight the Foxblood Demon. But can they banish this powerful phantom, or will Kacie lose not only her body, but her eternal soul to the monster.

My Rating: 5 Roses

A light read, filled with sweet romance, the constant thrill of danger, and a touch of darkness, Tortured Souls was a fantastic YA read. I totally loved this book! It was a lovely read that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish.

Kacie was a wonderful heroine. She was strong and, after learning what she could do with her abilities, determined to help lost souls. She was a great character and I really liked her.

Logan was a total sweetie. He wasn't the deepest character, but he was utterly adorable and I just loved him.

The romance was very sweet. Kacie and Logan were a great couple, the type of couple that made each other stronger. I thought they were lovely together.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. the constant threat of danger from the Foxblood Demon added a touch of darkness and ensured enough thrills to keep me drawn in. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely.

Tortured Souls was a wonderful YA read. It was light and enjoyable all the way through. From the romance, to the thrills, this book was fantastic. YA lovers, this is definitely a book you'll want to check out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

“Careful, the stone walkway is a bit uneven,” he says, taking my hand. “It’s easy to navigate during the day, but without light...” he trails off as we walk farther from the lights of the building.

The path ends, and we hike across a grassy expanse leading to the River Walk. Light from the nearby building filters through the leaves above us creating a speckled pattern on the shadowed grass. Roots from the large oak trees have broken through the ground, almost impossible to see in the darkness. When I trip over one my face flushes, and I mutter a curse at my clumsiness. Logan chuckles before righting me so we can continue.

Within seconds he trips over another root from the same tree. We both stumble a few steps then break out in laughter.

“You don’t think the tree is out to get us do you?” he asks as he glares up at it.

I giggle when he kicks the root with his hiking boot. He moves closer until he’s inches from my face, close enough that I can see his eyes in the faint light under the tree.

“We’re almost to the retaining wall. I didn’t consider homicidal tree roots when I chose to walk this way. Sorry.”

“I love the trees,” I comment. He takes my hand leading me through the old tree’s maze of roots. “I’m glad these businesses didn’t just tear down the old oak trees. How old do you think this one is?” I ask, running my hand along the rough trunk.

“No idea,” he says, stopping to gaze up at the tree. “I bet it’s been witness to a lot through the years.”

As we continue the hike to the river, he puts his arm around my shoulders, and I snuggle against his side. At the bottom of the grassy hill a four foot retaining wall keeps the earth from slipping onto the path running along the river. Logan jumps down then holds his arms up to me, grabbing me around the waist to help me down the wall. My arms fly around his neck as I jump down, and I end up in his arms pressed against his firm chest. As he lowers my feet to the ground, I breathe in the scent of his leather jacket and spicy aftershave. Once I’m back on the ground, I expect him to release me, but his arms stay wrapped around my body holding me against him.

My face is still buried in his shoulder, and I lift my chin to glance at him. He grins at me, a cute half-smile, while his eyes sparkle in the golden light from a nearby lantern. I focus on his lips as he closes the distance between us.

His lips meet mine—soft and warm, the kiss achingly tender. My eyes flutter closed and my hand moves up to those curls I’ve been dying to touch. He releases a soft sigh as my fingers caress the nape of his neck and tips his head to deepen the kiss. My lips part under the gentle pressure of his tongue, granting him entrance.

His hand moves from my back to my neck, and he buries his fingers in my hair. I let out a breathy moan, completely lost to the sensations. He uses my hair to tip my head back then trails searing kisses down my chin to my neck.

When he pulls his lips away from my neck, he continues to hold me in his arms for several moments while gazing into my eyes. My lips tingle, and I cling to his arms, feeling a bit lightheaded. After a few silent moments, he takes my hand, and we stroll along the river. I feel like I’m floating while my mind replays our first kiss over and over.

No matter how I look at it, the kiss was perfect in every way.
Up for grabs is a $25 gift card (INT), a signed copy of Tortured Souls (US only), and 5 sets of signed bookmarks (US only).
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About the Author:
Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a bestselling YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance. She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs, four cats, and lots of dragons. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!) She currently lives in San Antonio, TX but has been somewhat a rolling stone in life, having resided in several different cities and states.


  1. Thanks for participating in the tour and for the lovely review. I'm so happy you enjoyed the book!

  2. No, and depends on what paranormal experience you mean. Ghost and possessed, no!

  3. I have never run into a ghost, but my husband has seen one!

  4. I haven't, but I think it would be a great experience to have one! scary, but great!

  5. I have not, but would love to! I think it would be amazing! Something to tell the grandkids, as long as it was a nice one ;)

  6. No, I haven't and I REALLY don't want to :D

  7. I've never had a paranormal experience, and as long as I won't be dragged by my hair down the hallway, I would love to have a paranormal experience!