Saturday, 27 April 2013

BLOG TOUR - Daughters of the Sea Series by Kristen Day (Review and Giveaway)

~ About the Books ~

Daughters of the Sea Series Book #1
By Kristen Day

Blurb: Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you…

Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago.
Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her.
Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and  dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.
Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendants of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.
But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love.
She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesied to be a part of. The fate of all the descendants will forever depend upon it.

Daughters of the Sea Series Book #2
By Kristen Day

Blurb: The sacrifices we make have the power to shift the very fabric of who we are, and ultimately who we are meant to be…

After learning of her true destiny as the intended Leader of the Tydes, Anastasia Whitman must now embark on a perilous quest to the Underworld before the age of eighteen in order to plant the seed of immortality and complete her essence to become a true Sea Goddess. But before she can make her legendary journey, an unexpected new student transfers to Lorelei; initiating a sequence of events that will unravel Stasia’s new life, and test the boundaries of her relationship with the mysterious, dark, and sexy Finn Morrison. The line between the Underworld and the Living begins to blur as gruesome ghosts, morbid reveries, and pure evil haunt her waking hours as well as her sanity. Once the details of Finn’s own startling destiny are revealed, the dangerous secrets he’s been hiding will threaten the very love Stasia believed to be indestructible. As time begins to run out, she will be forced to choose between the one she loves and the destiny she cannot escape.

(Books #1 & 2) 

This series is the story of one girls journey to find out who she really is and her fight to fulfill her destiny. The author has created a a breath-taking world of Gods and Goddesses and has crafted a story unlike any I've read before.
In book #1 we are introduced to Hannah/Anastasia, who is sent to the mysterious House of Loreli, where she soon learns the truth behind her nightmares and blackouts. She, like the other students, is the descendant of a Sea Goddess, and a very powerful one at that. She must quickly learn to control her new found abilities if she is to embrace the legend which she is apart of.
Anastasia I thought was a brilliant character. So strong and brave and yet vulnerable at the same time. She is so easy to connect with. She has gone through a lot in her seventeen years and when she learns of her heritage she reacts in a very believable way. She doesn't believe in the legend that is supposedly based on her and she doesn't think she has all these powerful abilities. But she soon begins to trust and believe in herself. She grows a lot in the book. So used to shutting people out she is able to find friendship and love.  Her roommates are fantastic! I want to have friends like them. They are hilarious and so loyal to each other. They stick by one another through thick and thin. Finn I also loved. He is the typical dark and mysterious character which I am always drawn to. The chemistry between him and Stasia can only be described as intense. They are perfect together. We don't learn an awful lot about Finn in the first book however. By the end he is still pretty much an enigma wrapped in a layer of hotness.
The story in this series is one I haven't read about before. I loved learning about all the different Orders and the different Gods and Goddess. I would love to be descended from a Sea Goddess. How cool would it be to have an affinity for a sea creature or to manipulate the waves or to be able to breath underwater?! I have always loved everything about the sea so I think that's one of the reasons I loved these books. They just captivated me. The author describes everything so vividly; from the sandy beaches to the ocean world below. You can almost smell the sea on the wind. I won't go into too much detail about the actual plot but I can tell you that things just get more interesting and exciting as the series goes on. The story is not too fast-paced but never did I feel like it was in a lull or it was boring. There are so many things going on that you are just sucked in. Book 1 we are introduced to this world and we learn of the legend that Stasia is a part of. In book 2 we see what she must do to fulfill her destiny. You will be swept away by this story and won't want to come up for air until the very last page is turned. At the end of each book you will want to dive straight in to the next one. And believe me, after the end of book 2 you will definitely be begging for more. Beware of nasty cliffhanger! 
A truly breathtaking and stunning read that I recommend to all!. There is something here for everyone. Action, mythology, romance, the whole shebang! Seriously, if you haven't already, pick up this series! I am so glad that I got the opportunity to review them.

~ About the Author ~
I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I've been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).
I am the author of the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA trilogy, which includes FORSAKEN, AWAKEN, and CHOSEN (Winter 2012). I love all books, but really enjoy writing young adult, paranormal romances. I've loved to write for as long as I can remember. My first published work was my poem RED in second grade (you guessed it - it was a poem about the color red - life altering, I know) that won me 5 gold stars and a spot in my elementary school's poetry book. That's when my addiction to the written word officially began. I was the only kid in fifth grade that actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Go ahead and laugh – it’s okay.
When I'm not writing I'm making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband. I graduated from Appalachian State University and dream of becoming a full time novelist.

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