Friday, January 31, 2014

Blog Tour Stop-Few Are Angels Series by Inger Iversen



Few Are Angels
Series: Few Are Angels # 1
By:Inger Iversen

Blurb
After a fatal hit and run accident, Ella Monroe fears that she’s lost more than her beloved parents. Horrifying visions of a past life and a disturbing voice in her head have psychiatric professionals convinced that she’s lost her sanity as well. But when Kale a dark and handsome stranger with a mysterious past reveals the true meaning of her visions and the tremendous power she wields through them, Ella must come to terms with the devastating truths of her own past, while eluding an ancient Dark Prince who seeks to control not only her future, but all of mankind’s, by means of abilities that Ella is only beginning to understand.

Enter the shrouded world of an age old battle between an ancient race known as the Immortals and their bitter enemy Laurent, the so called Dark Prince, who commands an army of halfbreed vampires known as Chorý. Both sides have been desperately searching for the prophesied emergence of the Arc, a clairvoyant with unparalleled power to recall the past and a soothsayer with clear vision into the future.

The Council of Immortals has sworn to protect the Arc, whom they have identified as young Ella Monroe, a college freshman from Virginia living quietly and unaware of her powers or her past. But a renegade Chorý has other plans for the protection of a girl he has loved through the ages. Can Kale convince Ella of who she is, what she is destined to become, and what he once meant to her? Is he truly the best protector to shield the world from the devastating misuse of her powers that Laurent is bent on controlling? Or will the forbidden love they share and Kale’s cursed condition as a wretched and hated Chorý be used against them both?

This paranormal romance told from the heroine’s perspective builds in intensity and intrigue to a finale you won’t see coming. Heart pounding action mixed with heartwarming friendships and heartbreaking romance will leave you breathless and begging for more.




 *****5-Holy Heartbreak, Deception & Surprises-Stars*****
This book contains minor spoilers


He felt her coming into her power, and he would use that like a beacon to find her; his blood coursed through her veins. Though it was weakened from the generations that separated them, he knew that the more she remembered, the stronger his pull to her would become.

Things will never be the same, Ella. That's just the way it is.”

Put your seats in their upright positions, make sure your safety belts are thoroughly secured and hold on for dear life, it's gonna be a bumpy ride. Wow...just WOW-that was intense! I don't know how this series managed to fly in under my radar but I am sooo glad I came across it, this author is out of this world.

For some people, death was a bump in the road. One day they would wake up, and it wouldn't hurt as much anymore. Others just stored the pain away until they were numb to everything around them. The latter was my goal, but I was failing miserably.

Ella's world was destroyed when her parents were killed in a horrific hit and run accident. To make matters worse, this event also happens to coincide with her seeing visions of the past, hearing a strange voice in her head and suffering blackouts. After a meltdown at school, where she sees a vision of her own death, she's admitted to a psychiatric hospital where the doctors think she is just suffering a breakdown due to her parents deaths. She realizes the only way out is to lie about the visions and the strange voice being gone and to pretend like she is just fine.

How long can I pretend to belong? The facade will crack, and over time, people will see through those cracks. They will see the truth, who I really am, but scares me is THAT the person they will see will be a stranger-a ghost.

She's released into the care of her late-parents best friends, Eric & Sarah Carlton, and moves into their home in Cedar Grove Virginia. She enrolls in some on-line college courses, gets a job and does her level best to ignore the debilitating visions and that oddly familiar voice but wonders what is wrong with her. Then one night, she stumbles across a strange and injured man, right in her front yard, who will change everything she thinks she knows.

I turned to leave, but his voice stopped me. “Oh and Ella,” he said, “don't call anyone.” How did he know my name? He wore an arrogant look of contentment.

I should have been afraid or suspicious, either of those would have made sense, but I felt none of those feelings. Emotions and logic were at war within me, a ceasefire nowhere in sight.

He explains how and why the visions are real, the voice in her head is very real, she is not crazy but she is in serious danger. An immortal named Laurent, known by most as 'the Dark Prince', is after her for her vision and will stop at nothing to get to her. With an army of Chorý (half-breed vampires) under his command, Ella will need all the help she can get to keep him from capturing her. Kale has vowed to protect her, but he's not telling her everything. She doesn't understand why she feels such a strong connection to Kale (a Chorý himself) or why she trusts him like she does, when she doesn't even know him...does she?

I know you, but then again, I don't. I know what it's like to kiss you, but you always seem to stay at least three feet away from me. I know what it feels like to lose you, but you've never been mine.”

I sat quietly, eyeing him inquisitively. Kale was ashamed of what he was, and that saddened me because I was the reason he felt that way. Well, not me, but Hélène. But when he's first told me what he was, I turned my back in him.

With the help of Jace, a member of the immortal council, they do everything they can to keep her shielded from Laurent til they figure out how to destroy him once and for all, but time is running out.

From start to finish this book was non-stop action, tension, surprises and questions all leading up to an explosive ending that you will not see coming. I mean, HELLO epic cliffhanger!! Lucky for me, I already have the next book in my greedy little fingers.

Kale was right in one respect -he wouldn't age- but I would never outgrow him. Our pasts were so entwined I didn't think I could forget Kale if I tried.

Until now, I approached her with a gentleness that must end. She doesn't know what she is up against, and it is my job to educate her. I will be the bad guy, and she will regret trusting me. I have lied to her more than she knows, and the truth will break her.



Awakened
Series: Few Are Angels Book #2
by: Inger Iversen

Blurb
What must he overcome to protect her?

With no clue of what to do next and the responsibility of looking after Alex and Mia as promised, Kale is up to his ears in problems and no solutions. How will Kale save Ella, keep Alex and Mia safe, control Jace as well as control the Bloodlust that creeps beneath the surface waiting to be released? Will Kale be Ella’s savior or will he convict her to a fate worse than the one Laurent has already promised her?

What truths will she learn?

Ella knows that the choices she makes affects not only her but everyone else around her, but what about the choices made to find her? Ella learns the truth about the death of her parents, learns that the ones she thought she could trust aren’t so trustworthy after all. How will Ella handle these betrayals, and will she be able to sacrifice what is necessary to obtain eternal life?





*****5-Holy friggin Cliffhanger-Stars*****
this review contain spoilers from Book #1


we know that something isn't right with you and Jace. You're both too strong, too fast, and Kale-dude, you keep sniffing the wind like a lost puppy that can turn into a Rottweiler at the first sign of trouble.”

This series just gets more intense as it goes along. So much deception, so many secrets, who to trust, where to turn, what to believe....it's insane, but damn if I don't love every minute of it. 

we are all pawns in this world, those with power deciding how we live and die. It has always been that way, and I fear that it will never change.”

Awakened picks up right on the tail of Few are Angels' explosive ending. Ella has been taken by Laurent leaving chaos in her wake with everyone trying to find her and get her back. In this book, the POV jumps around between different characters and I think that was one of my favorite parts. You really got a feel for what each character was going through.

~Ella has been ripped away from her home and everyone she knows. She's scared of what Laurent will do to her, desperately searching for some way to escape and devestated by what she learns of those she though she could trust.

 I don't know what I was thinking when I believed being here would protect anyone. It was a stupid mistake. That night, I should have screamed for Jace and Kale, not caring if it woke up Alex's family. No threat should have been enough to keep me quiet, but I was too afraid to draw attention to them, afraid of what would happen to them if they tried to intervene. I would be leaving this place if it was the last thing I ever did.

~Kale is in a frenzy without Ella. He needs to finds her and cannot believe he has allowed this to happen to her, he CAN'T allow history to repeat itself. He's trying to keep his promise to Ella to keep Alex & Mia safe while searching for her and battling his ever increasing bloodlust.

I wanted to believe that I was no longer driven by thirst or the need to control others. It seemed that the hunger was still nestled deep in my bones. With each day that passed, the burning in my throat and belly increased. At one point, the hunger had been very easy to control. Ella's presence had helped. Now, with all that was going on, the simple act of feeding had become difficult.

~Jace is scrambling to find Ella, trying to work alongside Kale, a sworn enemy. He's getting backlash from the council for losing her and starting to question everything he has ever known or trusted.

This situation was wrong-everything was wrong, and I had to fix it. To do that, I needed to get back to Cedar. That meant disobeying an order from Aleixandre, and though I had done it before, there had never been so much on the line. For the first time in more than a century, my faith in the Council weakened.

~Alex is a human drowning in a world of immortals. He feels guilty for not believing Ella from the start and doesn't care that he may be weaker than everyone around him-he will NOT be shut out. He has known Ella her entire life, loves her and will do whatever he has to to bring her home.

I was afraid. I was the only human going to face a bunch of immortals, but nothing would stop me. I loved Ella, and I had known her all of my life. I had to fight for her.

This book will make you question everything you have learned so far. People you thought you could trust will shock you with betrayal, while ones you swore were an enemy will surprises you. There will be suffering, loss and heartbreak all leading up to yet another explosive ending that left me screaming WHEN DOES THE NEXT BOOK COME OUT?! Seriously, WTH am I supposed to do now?!? it has been an amazing journey so far and I will be climbing the walls til I get the next book in my hands.

What I wanted from her was unrealistic, and I knew it long before I'd found her. Her life was her own, and the only way to share eternity with her would be to infect her, change her from the beautiful person that she was to a cold shell of a human that would kill and destroy as I had, centuries before.


We will be together Kale. You might not believe it, but it will happen. We have been through far too much to give up now.”






Immortal Heart
Series: Few Are Angels Book # .05 (Prequel)
By:Inger Iversen


Blurb


More than a century after the tragedy of Hélène's death and before Ella found Kale bruised and broken on her doorstep, Kale moved through the world in a haze of personal punishment allowing it to consume him. Until his friend, Detective Deacon, a newly infected Chorý calls on him for a favor.


In this prequel to the Few Are Angels series, Kale is thrown into a world of human blood trafficking and is introduced to a Chorý that offers him a chance at happiness— in blood.





****4 ½ -Kale...you are breaking my heart- Stars****
this review contains minor spoilers


A century had passed, and he still felt the shame of his actions. He'd begged for forgiveness, bargained, and made promises in order to redeem redemption, but who was out there to listen? Victims had prayed for mercy from him.

Immortal Heart is the prequel to Few are Angels, this is about Kale's life leading up to him finding Ella. Kale lives every day filled with guilt over not being able to save Hélène, disgust over what he is, and regret over losing the life he so desperately wanted but now seems forever gone to him. 

He didn't trust anyone, even Deacon. Oh, he trusted Deacon with his life, but when it came to matters of the heart, Kale felt differently. The memory of Hélène and his failure to protect her was his only weakness, and Kale wasn't willing to share that with anyone.

We get to know Deacon a bit better in this one (we first met him in Awakened). As a police detective he gets wind of a human trafficking ring being run out of a shipping yard, but as it's run by Chorý and not humans, he asks Kale to go undercover with him to investigate. This is where he meets Sola...

Kale wasn't really mad, just confused, and the confusion was affecting his ability to stay alert on the job. Kale looked forward to the fact that training was over and Sola would go back to her regular shift. Though they'd still cross paths, Kale would be able to avoid her.

Kale instantly feels an attraction to her and though she's a distraction he doesn't need, he finds it difficult to stay away from her. Sola makes it clear she's interested but Kale eventually tells her, in no uncertain terms, that there can never be more than some shared kisses-his heart belongs to another, though he clearly wishes there could be more between them. He doesn't divulge the true depth of the story and keeps her in the dark about what he is and why he happened to come into her life in the first place. But when everything comes to a head, Kale is forced to face just how dangerous being in his life is for Sola.

Lies had become the staple of Kale's life. There wasn't a day that went by when Kale didn't have to stretch the truth for some reason or another, and it was becoming bothersome.

I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about this book, I'm still on the fence. On the one hand I'm glad to have gotten some insight into Kale's head, it explains his actions towards Ella when they first meet a lot better. But on the other hand I wasn't thrilled with spending time watching him form a connection to another woman. It was nothing personal against Sola, she was a sweet and strong woman, but after spending two books with Ella and experiencing her feelings for Kale and the lengths she will go to to be with him, it just left me feeling queasy that he was more intimate with Sola than he was with Ella after two books. And yes I understand that this story takes place BEFORE he actually meets Ella, but some of his thoughts surrounding Hélène and about Ella herself once he discovers her towards the end of this book, have left me a little scared for Ella's heart. One thing this book did manage to accomplish quite well is, it left me even more anxious for the next book. I am DYING to find out what follows Awakened, so again I ask -WHEN?! Inger Iversen has definitely made a huge fan outta me, I'm left screaming for more.

There is an empty space in my heart. It weighs me down, and each step I take through life gets harder and harder.”

She was his. He'd died for her, and his rebirth had been for her -only her. How could he let her go? How did he continue to live without her now?





Inger Iversen lives in Virginia Beach with her tree hugging boyfriend Joshua and her overweight lap cat Max. When not reading or writing she spends her time watching reruns of True Blood or killing zombies in Call Of Duty.