Tuesday, 10 March 2015

BLOG TOUR - Gentle Chains by Nazarea Andrews (Review & Giveaway) @InkSlingerPR

GENTLE CHAINS by Nazarea Andrews
March 2015

When slavers steal Juhan and his twin sister Chosi from their home planet of psychics, their only comfort is in the fact that they’re together. When they are separated at auction, Juhan swears to find his sister, no matter the cost.

Juhan is bought by the spoiled daughter of a political scion. Caught in her glittering world of intrigue and politics, Juhan is startled to find Sadi playing a long game to change intergalactic politics and Juhan is merely a pawn in her game. But as his vow and Sadi's lies takes them across galaxies, he begins to wonder if his young owner is more than an arrogant rich girl. And he has to consider the cost of his promise—especially when people they both care for begin to die.

A galaxy away, Chosi is sold into blood sport. With her psychic ability, she earns a precarious position of value within the gladiator school, training the draken—wild creatures of smoke and fire—for the arena. In the midst of that hell, she forges a friendship with the slave Jemes and the draken she cares for. But when her defiance comes with devastating results, Chosi contemplates suicide as an escape from her chains. Yet, she can't forget the brother who promised to find her, and even as she welcomes the risk of death, she clings to that promise. 

Spun across space and exotic worlds, Juhan and Chosi try to find each other, and home in a stunning story about the lengths love will take you. 

Buy Links:
Amazon Link:  http://amzn.to/1EguP9N 
B&N Link: http://bit.ly/1zMqALp

About the Author:
Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.


I knew going in to this book that it would be a tough one to read. I knew that there would be aspects that would be hard to stomach and that it wouldn't be a light read. And god was I right. This book was so gut-wrenchingly heartbreaking, I think I was in tears for most of it. Andrews wrote a story that ripped out my heart and stomped all over it. Even days later, any time I think of it my stomach cramps up because it was just so upsetting.
A book may have a tough subject matter, but unless I am able to connect with and sympathize with the characters, it is tough for me to be affected by it. But Juhan and Chosi were written so well that it was hard not to connect with them. The things these two go through is horrendous. Especially Chosi as she is sold into blood sport. The book is told in dual 1st person POV. I always enjoy 1st person more as it allows me to truly get into the characters head, to feel what they feel. Sometimes though I almost wished this book was in 1st person because I didn't think I could take anymore sadness and heartbreak. There were a couple things that I would have liked a little bit more of, like Chosi and Jemes. But maybe that's for the best because I was upset enough as it was lol. And omg there were so many times when I didn't know whether I was suppose to love or hate certain characters. My heart didn't know what to do!

This book was so well written. It was so descriptive and imaginative. I've said this before but I really am in awe of people that are able to create whole new worlds and galaxies like this. Andrews has created something amazing here. I kind of wish this was a standalone because I can't go through much more heartbreak! But I am so looking forward to book 2. Especially after that ending! 
This is a violent, soul-crushing, intoxicating read about survival and the lengths someone will go to for the person they love. An absolute must read!


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