Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Blog Tour Stop & Giveaway ~Uprising by Allana Kephart & Melissa Simmons

Title- Uprising
Series- The Dolan Prophecies Series Book #1
By- Allana Kephart & Melissa Simmons
Publication Date- April 18th, 2014
Genre- New Adult Dystopian


The year 2102--the world as it was no longer exists. Ravaged by nuclear war and polluted almost to the point of no return, Earth was dying. When the faeries came and brought their healing magic, humanity was grateful at first. Centuries of damage repaired in just five years, and during the course of that rehabilitation, they invaded. Quietly overthrown, the human race is now enslaved. The majority doesn’t even realize they have no free will. Branded, herded and kept only to further the agendas of the Fae Courts, humanity could be facing extinction.

But a resistance is coming…

Fianna Dolan has spent her entire young life preparing herself for an uprising against the Fae. One scorching summer night Fi's parents leave and never return. Thrust into a position of power she never expected, Fi struggles with her new position and the responsibility it entails. When a secretive fae man known only as Flint breaches the city’s defenses claiming he can help, Fi begins to doubt everything she's ever considered truth. As betrayals and deception come to light, will Fi want the answers she’s been seeking, or will trusting Flint lead to her destruction?

*****5- Seers, and Foxes, and Fae...oh my! -Stars*****
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

I am completely capable of holding my own in a fight. For the umpteen millionth time, I wonder when, or maybe I should say if Fi will remember I am more than just one more responsibility hanging around her neck. I miss her, which sucks because she’s still right here in front of me. She’s just become this unreachable, sad girl who tries to keep all of her emotions in a little box locked away inside herself. I want my sister back, plain and simple.
~Eirnin Dolan

Well now, that was just....Wow- I'm almost at a loss for words. Two brand spanking new authors in their debut and they have entered the scene with a bang! There were so many layers to the characters, the environment was so vivid you felt like you were there, desperation and despair bled off the pages but there were moments of levity that kept you from drowning under the weight of their situation. This book completely sucks you under and holds you there all the way through to the heart-stopping ending. It was truly amazing, I just loved it.

no one really wants to hear from an Autumn Court reject who would like to offer his services. ‘I’m here to help’ didn’t exactly work in their favor the last time.
Putting it lightly, I really didn’t think this move through. I never said
I was a genius.

The year is 2102 and the world is nothing like we now know it. After a nuclear war that has earth on the brink of total destruction, humanity is saved by the Fae not realizing exactly what we are getting ourselves into. Yes, they do save us from extinction and their powers over the elements eventually begin to restore what was lost-but the price is our freedom. The takeover by the Fae is so subtle, most don't even realize what is happening until it is to late and now human's are nothing more than the property of the Fae- captured, imprisoned, branded and used only to the benefit of the Fae courts. But little does the Fae know, a resistance is coming...

We should probably head back. You and Fi aren’t too close yet, and I don’t want you facing her wrath.”
Yeah she terrifies me. Quaking in fear over here.”
He smirks at me. “I think that’s truer of a statement than you’d like it to be.”
I roll my eyes and punch his arm as he walks by, but I’m smiling anyway. Unfortunately he’s kind of right. The girl is violent, what do you want from me?

Fianna Dolan has spent her entire life preparing for the day that humanity takes their freedom back from the Fae. Born and raised in a compound with others like her, they take care of their own and remain under the radar of the Fae. But when her parents leave on a scouting mission one night and never return, Fi is forced into a position of power she isn't quite prepared for. With a community to look after and a younger brother she will protect til her death, Fi learns the hard way to be very careful who she puts her trust in. When a lone Fae known only as Flint breaches their sanctuary promising he is only there to help their cause, can she trust him? Or will having him there risk everything they have built and put everyone she has sworn to protect in more danger than she could possibly realize?

Now, a smart man would just drop this altogether. A smart man would let her go off and have her hissy fit, and then try to talk some sense into her in the morning. A smart man would respect the fact she carries multiple weapons that could inflict fatality upon anyone she so desired.
I’ve still never admitted to being a smart man.

Right from the beginning this book leaves you guessing, you never know what is gonna happen next, who to trust, or if they have any chance at all of not getting discovered by the Fae eventually. The challenges that Fi faces at such a young age seems insurmountable. She really is an incredible, if stubborn woman who has not been able to rely on anyone in a very long time. She carries the weight of the community entirely on her shoulders and she does it beautifully. But all you really want is for her to find someone who can help her carry the load. Flint was just the best- Sarcastic and cocky but still unsure and naive enough that it was hard not to love him, even if we're unsure of his intentions. But that ending?! WTH DUDES-REALLY?! I really REALLY need to know how long I'm gonna have to wait to find out just WTH happened, seriously. But so worth the frustration and insanity, these authors have taken the paranormal/dystopian genre by storm and I am DYING to see where they take me next.

She could be sleepwalking is my justification for worrying about her. After all, she didn’t even notice me lying here. Wouldn’t want her to fall and hit her head on something…
Who am I kidding? I can’t even fool myself at this point. I’m actually worried for no justifiable reason at all, except that I care about her. And that thought terrifies me straight to my bones, so I will sit in happy denial for now, thanks.

Fianna Aoife Dolan
Nickname(s)- Fi
Age- 19
Height- 5’2”
Weight-113 lbs (not that it’s any of your business, geesh)
Personality- It really depends on who you ask, honestly...
Affinity- None
Abilities- Can you be more specific? I’m a perfectly capable human being, I have many abilities. I especially enjoy my ability to make coffee--was that what you had in mind??
Last Book You Read- ‘Love is a Mixed Tape’ by Rob Sheffield
Favorite Quote- “It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Biggest Fear- failing
Last Song You Listened To- ‘Between Two Lungs’ by Florence + The Machine
Favorite Food- my Aunt Ruth’s shepherd’s pie (her coffee cake is a very close second..)

Eirnin Kearney Dolan
Nickname(s)- Eir
Age- 16
Height- 6’7”
Weight- 225
Personality- I’m pretty easygoing, funny, a likeable guy by most accounts.
Affinity- None!
Abilities- Seer / Empath Extraordinaire
Last Book You Read- ‘Dark Justice’ by Jack Higgins
Favorite Quote- “The best way out is through.” ~Robert Frost
Biggest Fear- being unable to help the people I love
Last Song You Listened To- ‘Let Me Kiss You’ by Morrissey
Favorite Food- I’m a teenage boy, anything edible is my favorite food… ;)

Nickname(s)- Hellboy, Hellion, Ass… None that would be considered “nice”.
Age- 278 years, but physically I look like I’m in my early twenties--lucky me.
Height- 5’8”
Weight- 162
Personality- I am a raging pain in the neck and I am very proud of it. ;)
Affinity- Fire
Abilities- I have the ability to talk and piss you off at the same time. Does that count? And I can run very fast as for ‘physical’ abilities.
Last Book You Read- “The Mists of Avalon” by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It was my baby sister’s favorite book of all time.
Favorite Quote- “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” ~Mark Twain
Biggest Fear- You could not pay me to answer this question.
Last Song You Listened To- “Shaking” by Sugarcult *smirks*
Favorite Food- … *chuckles* Okay, I am going to presume you are hoping for a G-rated answer so I am really not sure what to say here. As of right now Fi’s aunt, Ruth, makes very good blueberry muffins.

Nickname(s)- Lulu, Princess
Age- 546 (and yes, I do mean years)
Height- 5’1”
Weight- 50,000 grams, about 110 pounds
Personality- Well, I’ve heard I’m an angel and I’ve heard I’m a prude, so I guess it depends on who you ask.
Affinity- Air
Abilities- I am an awesome ninja spy, if I do say so myself.
Last Book You Read- “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott, per the Dolans’ suggestion.
Favorite Quote- “Do what you feel in your heart to be right--for you’ll be criticized anyway.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Biggest Fear- That’s a hard one… The thought of the people I care about getting hurt keeps me up at night sometimes.
Last Song You Listened To- “Brick by Boring Brick” by Paramore
Favorite Food- Ice cream! *coughs* Um. Yeah, I love mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Prologue-- “Blinding” by Florence + the Machine -- “No more dreaming like a girl so in love with the wrong world”
Chapter 1-- “Call It What You Want” by Foster the People-- “Well I'm just gonna do here what I gotta do here 'Cause I gotta keep myself free”
Chapter 2-- “Breaking Inside” by Shinedown-- “I don't want to live To waste another day
Underneath the shadow of mistakes I made Cause I feel like I'm breaking inside”
Chapter 3-- “The Golden Age” by Beck-- “These days I barely get by, I don’t even try”
Chapter 4-- “Basketcase” by Green Day-- “I am one of the melodramatic fools Neurotic to the bone no doubt about it”
Chapter 5-- “Break Stuff” by Limp Bizkit-- “And if my day keeps going this way I might just break somethin’ tonight”
Chapter 6-- “Breath” by Breaking Benjamin-- “I see nothing in your eyes, and the more I see the less I like. Is it over yet, in my head? I know nothing of your kind, and I won’t revel in your evil mind. Is it over yet? I can’t win.”
Chapter 7-- “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” by The Clash-- “If I go there will be trouble, if I stay it will be double”
Chapter 8-- “One Step Closer” by Linkin’ Park-- “Everything you say to me Takes me one step closer to the edge And I’m about to break”
Chapter 9-- “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree-- “You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser. You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger. You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together.”
Chapter 10-- “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson-- “You didn’t think that I’d come back, I’d come back swingin’, you tried to break me but you see what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”
Chapter 11-- “Shake It Out” by Florence + the Machine-- “And I’ve been a fool and I’ve been blind, I can never leave the past behind, I can see no way, I can see no way, I’m always dragging that horse around”
Chapter 12-- “The Bitch Song” by Bowling for Soup-- “Is there anything that I can do? Anything to show you you’re a bitch, but I love you anyway”
Chapter 13-- “I Caught Myself” by Paramore-- “You got it, you got it, some kind of magic Hypnotic, hypnotic, you're leaving me breathless I hate this, I hate this, you're not the one I believe in”
Chapter 14-- “This is Gospel” by Panic! At The Disco-- “Don’t try to sleep through the end of the world Bury me alive ‘Cause I won’t give up without a fight”
Chapter 15-- “Blue Skies” by Blue October-- “It’s time to wake up, time to make up Time to shake these memories It’s time to leave the past in the past”
Chapter 16-- “Don’t Give Up” by Peter Gabriel with Kate Bush-- “Don’t give up, ‘cause you have friends Don’t give up, you’re not beaten yet Don’t give up, I know you can make it good”
Chapter 17-- “Count On Me” by Bruno Mars-- “You can count on me Like one, two, three and I’ll be there And I know when I need it I can count on you Like four, three, two and you’ll be there ‘Cause that’s what friends are supposed to do Oh yeah”
Chapter 18-- “If You Only Knew” by Shinedown-- “If you only knew, I’d sacrifice my beating heart before I lose you”
Chapter 19-- “Thunder” by Boys Like Girls-- “I tried to read between the lines, I tried to look into your eyes, I want a simple explanation For what I’m feeling inside, I gotta find a way out Maybe there’s a way out”
Chapter 20-- “Untouchable” by Taylor Swift-- “Untouchable, burning brighter than the sun, and when you’re close I feel like comin’ undone”
Chapter 21-- “Heels Over Head” by Boys Like Girls-- “You mean everything to me, But I’m the first to fall and last to know Where’d you go?”
Chapter 22-- “I Think I Love You” by The Partridge Family-- “This morning, I woke up with this feeling I didn't know how to deal with and so I just decided to myself I'd hide it to myself and never talk about it And didn't I go and shout it when you walked into my room I think I love you”
Chapter 23-- “Just For” by Nickelback-- “And I want to rip his hands off just for touching you Yes I do”
Chapter 24-- “All Your Life” by The Band Perry-- “Lately I’ve been writing desperate love songs Mostly I sing them to the walls You could be the centerpiece of my obsession If you would notice me at all”
Chapter 26-- “Fly From The Inside” by Shinedown-- “I can’t control the pain I can’t control the rage Sometimes I think I’m going insane”
Chapter 27-- “Somebody’s Heartbreak” by Hunter Hayes-- “You leave me here wonderin’ if I’ll ever know How much you care, or how much you don’t”
Chapter 28-- “About A Girl” by The Academy Is…-- “Last night, I knew what to say But you weren’t there to hear it”
Chapter 29-- “Pretty Girl” by Sugarcult-- “She’s beautiful, as usual, with bruises on her ego and Her killer instinct tells her to Be aware of evil men”
Chapter 30-- “What The Water Gave Me” by Florence + The Machine-- “Lay me down Let the only sound Be the overflow”

Allana Kephart has been making things up and bending people to her will from a very young age. She loves animals and reading and spends a large amount of time thinking up ways to torment her characters. She shares a brain, a love of coffee and the color purple with her alter ego/best friend/co-author, Melissa Simmons.


Melissa Simmons is an avid reader who married her soul mate and is the proud mother of a spoiled cat. She spends her days helping promote independent authors and doing what the voices in her head tell her to. She shares a brain, a love of coffee and the color purple with her alter ego/best friend/co-author, Allana Kephart.

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