Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Dark Seraphine by KaSondra Leigh: Review, Excerpt: RABT Tour Stop

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KaSonndra Leigh was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. She now lives in the City of Alchemy and Medicine, North Carolina. She likes to write about people doing fantastical things in magical worlds. Her two sons have made her promise to write a boy book next.

She holds the MFA in creative writing, and loves to play CLUE, Monopoly (the Indiana Jones version), and Pandora's Box (good writer's block therapy). She lives in an L-shaped house with a garden dedicated to her grandmother. It has a secret library complete with fairies, Venetian plastered walls, and a desk made out of clear blue glass.
Twitter: @kasonndraleigh
Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Title: Dark Seraphine (A Lost Immortals Prequel)
Author: KaSonndra Leigh
Date Published: 10/21/12

"Mom always says the angels walk among
us. She forgot to tell me that sometimes they're not all fluffy and nice."

     Seventeen-year-old Caleb Wood has seen people he calls the walkers since he was a baby. It didn't take long for him to realize something…no one can see these strangers but him. They never stuck around or tried to touch him. And they never said a word. That was until one day on the first day of class in his senior year when an incredibly gorgeous girl strolls into his life…and things are never the same again.

      Soon Caleb realizes he has stepped into the middle of a growing conflict between two ancient groups. And his ability to see the invisible ones, the half-breeds that want to modify the human race, just might be the only hope both he and the mysterious, but infuriating Gia have of making
it out alive.
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And then she laughed.
It was a high-pitched giggle, a normal girl’s sound. That wasn’t right. I don’t remember any of the other spirits laughing before.
“So you wanna run from me, huh? Go ahead. I’ll just find you like I always do, Caleb,” she said, still facing the chalk board in the front of the classroom. Her voice was smooth like a musical instrument, maybe a flute. Nah. It was more like a harp. I could listen to it all day.
But even her sexy pipes didn’t change the fact that she just read my mind. How did she do that?
“Are you going to run, or stay? I need a quick answer, because I have a lot to do today.” She turned her head to the side a bit.
“I don’t run from anything,” I said, trying to ignore the prickle in my underarms. Good thing I used my dad’s deodorant this morning. That old-timers stuff was strong enough to knock out anything.
She didn’t scare me as much as some of the other walkers, my nickname for them. But I wasn’t ready to get her digits either. As a baby, I remembered talking to a few of them. That ability disappeared sometime around my thirteenth birthday. This was the first time I spoke to one in four years.
“What are you people: angels, ghosts, or zombies?” I asked, my voice squeaking on the last syllable. What a dork.
“Can’t you be a little more creative?” She turned around in her seat to face me, an amused expression on her ridiculously gorgeous face. I sucked my breath. Her strange amber-hazel eyes pierced through me. The word beautiful didn’t do enough for this walker-girl.
“I thought I was pretty creative,” I said.
“Nope. Your ideas suck,” she said with a smug face.
“Nice. Thanks,” I said, getting annoyed.
“And I don’t sparkle in the sun, either. So scratch that one off your list too.”
I frowned. “Then tell me the right answer. And you can go ahead and explain how I won the honor of being stalked?”
“I’m a creative mix of many things. Feel better now?” She tilted her head. Blue-black hair flowed around her face as if it were made of silky thread. “So others have come before me?” She seemed to be talking to herself rather than asking me.
“Maybe,” I said. Why should I tell her everything? One thing I did know. At this rate, I was probably going to be committed to the loony ward on the first day of school.
“I’m going to need your help soon, Caleb. You have to be ready,” she whispered, her face suddenly serious. Right then, I knew my world was about to change…forever.
Who is the Dark Seraphine? Find out in September, 2012.

This was an enjoyable and entertaining read.  Caleb is a young man who has always had the ability to see spirits.  Until now, they have been silent, never speaking.  Until now, he has successfully managed to pretty much ignore them.  Then everything changes.
I love the way in which the author tells the story.  I was immediately pulled into Caleb’s world and cared about what would happen to him and his friends.  The sentences are beautifully constructed and fluidly flow from thought to thought without any jarring interruptions.  Caleb is a strong-minded, likable young man.  He thinks about how his actions will affect those close to him.  I also liked that he has a good relationship with his mother.  Caleb tends not to take himself too seriously and there are several humorous passages where he gives himself pep talks.  Most importantly, he has a conscience. 
The beginning was strong, as I stated.  And the ending was well-executed.  The middle needs little tightening as it sagged there a couple of times for me.  Nothing major, but the story stalled for a bit before it picked up steam again and got back on track. There is plenty of mystery and innocent romance.  The supernatural is skillfully woven throughout the tale in such a way that made it easy to believe the possible dire consequences of the impending battle.  Juxtaposed as that was in intriguing ways with everyday, ordinary youthful escapades is what makes this book a delightful read. 
This book was given to me by the author in return for an honest review.  I have not received any additional compensation.
Reviewed by Laurie-J    
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1 comment:

KaSonndra Leigh said...

Hi Laurie,

Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review my book. Your support is greatly appreciated and I'm happy to see that you enjoyed the story. :D

All the best,
KaSonndra Leigh