Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Blog Tour Review ~ Ensnared (The Dolan Prophecies Series #1.5) By- Allana Kephart & Melissa Simmons


Ensnared
The Dolan Prophecies Series #1.5 (Novella)
By- Allana Kephart & Melissa Simmons
Publication Date- August 22nd, 2014
Genre- New Adult Dystopian/Dark Faery Tales


~Synopsis~

Patrick and Maeve Dolan left the safety of their New York human settlement on a sultry summer night and never returned. Ambushed by the Winter Court guards during their search for information on how to free humanity from faery rule, they are now ensnared in the Winter King Landric’s web, and he has some questions of his own.
The Winter King is curious about the way the Dolans run their city. In a surprising turn of events, he’s determined to learn all about their 16-year-old son, Eirnin. Landric separates the couple, threatens and tortures to the best of his ability, but the Dolans won’t give up the information he’s after.
Murphy, one of King Landric’s guards has been a ward of the Winter Court for as long as he can remember. Trained from childhood to be as quiet and obedient as possible, he’s always been the perfect servant. At least, until Princess Lumi strolled into his life and made him question everything he believes in.
When the princess vanishes without a trace in the middle of the night, Landric is determined Patrick’s people had something to do with it. Without the only connection to kindness and humanity they had, Murphy and Patrick both find themselves falling into very different kinds of insanity.
Will Murphy follow his heart just this once, choose his own side and find Lumi? Will Patrick’s hope dwindle before he can escape and save his family? Or will their unyielding resistance be the death of them all?


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"You were very easy to lead as well, Patrick. A couple of reluctant hints and nervous glances and you were all too willing to believe I wanted to help you bring down the Fae." He chuckles at what he perceives as my na├»ve ways. "That is a lost cause, Dolan. We're better off just making the best of the situation at hand.”
"Only a coward would say that. My mother had that vision for a reason. Our family was destined to help humanity break free of the Fae. My children will see that destiny come to fruition, regardless of you or the King.” I still believe that to be the truth. This will all mean something in the end. My sacrifice will have weight in the future of humanity. That is my prize even if I never get out of here, and the thought gives me some small measure of comfort.
He laughs at me outright. "Oh, listen to you! Still so sure of a plan set out for you in a dream. She couldn't give you any details to help you out? That doesn't seem fair to me.”
"You have no purpose in your life. No family. If you weren't such a sick excuse for a human being, I'd pity you,” I tell him, and that finally seems to break his new jubilant aura and pique his ire, which makes me a little happier than it probably should. If I can’t kill him as painfully as possible, I’d at least like to make him half as miserable as I am.
Kennedy’s voice is hard and cold as ice, but he has that same matter-of-fact delivery as when he spoke of the poor souls he murdered when he says, "I don't need your pity. If I complete my task, I can have anything I want here. That includes a turn with your wife. Think about that while you rot in here.” Red hot fury rages through me when he mentions Maeve, and then I feel my world break apart with his parting words. “I have to go pay a visit to your kids and finish my job. That's my purpose."



What is it about Fae men that makes them think they can just take whatever they want?!”


5 Evil Faery Stars ★
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

My wife is at the mercy of a sadistic Fae King and I haven't seen my children in months. I made a colossal mistake in coming here.

When Patrick and Maeve Dolan left their family behind at their compound in New York for a secret mission, they had no intention of never returning; of course, they didn't exactly plan on getting captured or kept prisoner at the winter court by the evil Winter Fae King Landric. They are kept apart, beaten, starved and neglected, for months; he is scared for his wife, misses his children and feels like a complete failure for being unable to protect his family when Patrick finds an unlikely ally in the Winter Fae Princess Lumi. She brings him food, and keeps him company, basically saving him from going insane from the isolation. He fears she will get in severe trouble if caught sneaking down to the dungeons, but is desperate for some kind of interaction and grows quite fond of her. She seems to have quite an effect on others as well, including a human guard, Murphy, who starts to question everything he has ever felt, thought, or believed in, the more time he spends with her. And then she disappears, leaving both men lost; will Patrick be able to retain his sanity all alone, will Murphy change his ways or remain as he always was once she's gone? When the Winter King comes to Patrick with a way out, a means to be free with his wife; will he be willing to pay the price – his freedom and the safety of his community in exchange for his son?

You really think I'd hand my son over to you? Why him, you sonofabitch?”
Your son needs to die, Patrick. There's no point fighting it. At least this way you get to keep your wife.”

Once again the authors kept me captivated and on the edge of my seat in this strange new world they have created. Deception and danger lurk around every corner, no one is as they seem, and few are safe. Patrick was volatile and unstable, Maeve was a fireball (I see where Fi gets her spark), and we get to spend more time getting to know Lumi – I really do love that girl. Landric was as vicious as they come, and his son is even worse, it's easy to want to distrust all Fae- but that would be a mistake; there are of course always exceptions to every rule, you just have to hope you aren't trusting the wrong people. We are once again left hanging on a knifes edge, tense and biting our nails, just dying to see where these sadistic authors take us next... okay, not really sadistic-just mean ;)
I have fast become addicted to this series and this world and cannot wait for more.

I will raid your city. I will get your son. And I will cut his throat wide open, right in front of you. How'd you like to watch that?”
NO!”
“Oh yeah. And while I'm there, maybe I'll just choke the life out of your baby brother, too. And his kids. All four of them. No – the baby I'll keep. He's young enough to train.”



Patrick Dolan-
Human- Resistance Leader based in what used to be NYC. He is the husband of Maeve, father of Fianna & Eirnin.
Physical Description: 6’4” tall, broad shoulders, trim and muscular. Black hair that he usually keeps above his shirt collar and blue eyes.

Maeve Dolan-
Human- Wife of Patrick, mother to Fianna and Eirnin.
Physical Description: 5’4” tall, petite and slim. Chestnut brown hair to her chin in a classic bob and big brown eyes.

King Landric-
Fae- Winter King.
Physical Description: 5’11” tall, thin, ghastly pale. Hair the color of dirty straw and eyes are navy blue.

Murphy-
Human- Guard/Ward of the Winter Court.
Physical Description: 5’11” tall, thin, muscular. Dark brown eyes, close cropped light brown hair, slightly tan.

Khan-
Fae- Winter Prince/Heir to throne.
Physical Description: 5’10” tall, broad shouldered and skinny. Medium brown hair, medium blue eyes, tan.

Hugh Kennedy-
Human- Spy for the Winter Court. Favorite pet of King Landric. Friend to Winter Prince, Khan. Hugh is the one who helped lure the Dolans into the Winter King’s trap.
Physical Description: 6’1”, broad shouldered, muscular. Ice blue eyes, blonde hair.



This is a breakdown, chapter-by-chapter of the perfect soundtrack to Ensnared.



Chapter 3- “Eden” by Sara Bareilles- “Rolled a lucky pair of dice, ended up paradise Landed on a snake's eyes, took a bite and ended up bleeding…No way to make the pain play fair It doesn't disappear just because you say it isn't there”

Chapter 4- “Cuts” by Jann Arden- “Cause I am lost And I am used And I am desperately a wreck here without you I am deaf, too tired to sleep Oh I am horribly alone and incomplete”

Chapter 5- “Fight” by The Cure- “So when the hurting starts And when the nightmares begin
Remember you can fill up the sky You don't have to give in You don't have to give in Never give in”

Chapter 6- “You Give Me Something” by James Morrison- “You give me something That makes me scared alright This could be nothing But I'm willing to give it a try Please give me something Because someday I might know my heart”

Chapter 7- “Brave” by Sara Bareilles- “Say what you want to say And let the words fall out Honestly, I wanna see you be brave”

Chapter 8- “Losing Your Memory” by Ryan Star- “The damage is done, The police are coming Too slow now, I would have died, I would have loved you All my life”

Chapter 9- “Going in Blind” by P.O.D. - “Time after time, I walk the fine line Something keeps bringing me back And time after time, I can't see the signs I don't know which way I need to go”

Chapter 10- “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M. “Every whisper Of every waking hour I'm choosing my confessions Trying to keep an eye on you Like a hurt, lost and blinded fool, fool Oh no, I've said too much I've said enough Consider this Consider this, the hint of the century Consider this, the slip That brought me to my knees, failed”

Chapter 11- “Goodbye for Now” by P.O.D. - “I can still see the light at the end of the tunnel shine through the dark times even when I lose my mind But it feels like no one in the world is listening and I can't ever seem to make the right decisions

Chapter 12- “Welcome to the Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance- “I won't explain or say I'm sorry, I'm unashamed, I'm gonna show my scar Give a cheer for all the broken Listen here, because it's who we are”


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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