Sunday, April 28, 2013

Demons tour: review & giveaway

The weekend is almost over but we still have time for one more blog tour to share. If you like angel stories, this series may be the one for you. We host the Demons Blog Tour today. Demons is the second book in the Seers Trilogy by Heather Frost. We are posting our review and there's a giveaway. Thanks for spending part of your Sunday with us. The entire tour list can be found here.

About Seers Trilogy:

Demons (Seers #2) by Heather Frost
YA paranormal*Hardcover/eBook, 432 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Cedar Fort Books
Purchase: Amazon | B&N
Read the prologue of Demons

Kate's life is far from normal. She can see Auras, her boyfriend is immortal, and her powers make her a target. But now that the Demon Lord is hunting her, things are about to go from dangerous to truly deadly. Packed with action, mind-blowing plot twists, and characters you can't get enough of, this is a fast-paced, heart-pounding read from cover to cover.

Seers (Seers #1) by Heather Frost 

YA paranormal*Hardcover/eBook, 330 pages 

Published October 4th 2011 by Bonneville 
Purchase: Amazon | B&N
Read the prologue of Seers

For Kate Bennett, surviving the car wreck that killed her parents means big changes — and even bigger problems. As she begins to see auras and invisible people, Kate must learn to trust Patrick O'Donnell, a handsome Guardian, or risk her life being overrun with Demons. She soon realizes that both she and her heart are in big-time trouble. 
Coming July 9th:

Guardians: Book 3 of the Seers Trilogy 

About the author:

Heather Frost

Heather Frost was born in Sandy, Utah, and raised in a small Northern Utah town. She is the second oldest of ten children, and she loves her family very much. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in English at Utah State University. Heather has always been an avid reader, and reading and writing are among her favorite things to do. She also enjoys playing the flute, listening to all types of music, and watching a wide variety of movies. Guardians, the final book in the Seers Trilogy, will be released July 2013. 

Color me impressed with the prologue of Seers. I hear at many conferences and read online that prologues are dead. I disagree, I always have. When they are as tightly written as the one in Seers, prologues are effective. They work. They give insight into a story. Here we witness what happened to Patrick when he was a teen, the oldest living with his family in Ireland in 1798 and how he expired. Emotional and gripping, I immediately felt sympathetic and understood him. When the story jumps to the present and we meet Kate I found myself anxiously waiting to see Patrick again. 

Kate is a really nice girl, a refreshing change from some of the angt-ridden girls of YA. She is now living with her younger sisters and their grandparents after her parents were killed in a car accident. We feel her pain and how she fights to keep it locked away so she can present a normal facade. I found that trait alone admirable. She's changed after the accident--she can see auras but doesn't admit it anymore, letting others think her admission at the hospital was a residual effect of the trauma. Smart girl. I liked her even more. Her new talent also makes her a target for demons as she soon learns from the new boy at school, the new guy who happens to have a silver aura. Drum roll, please. Patrick's here!

Patrick also narrates (thank you Ms. Frost for that) and along with another silver aura boy, Toni, they tell Kate she's a "Seer" and they're Guardians (yep, like the class of angels but they don't like that title). They are there to protect her from demons. These two immortals are a comical team at times, Toni with his colorful past and Patrick the caring older brother type. These guys play well off each other and add some tension to the plot.

As Kate learns more about this new paranormal world, she develops feelings for Patrick. Problem is, she has Aaron, her boyfriend. What can she do? Especially when she's threatened and spends even more time with the young man with the brogue? You'll have to read Seers to find out. Like I said, I found the story impressive. All of the characters, from main to secondary, were well written and convincing. From Kate's friend Lee to Toni to her grandparents, I liked them all. 

As for the story itself, I did find parts formulaic (girl develops powers/meets immortal guy has appeared in YA many times in books like Twilight, Hush, Hush, Evermore). Yet in this book's defense I have to say I enjoyed Seers primarily due to the writing and the voices of the two main characters. Kate isn't weak, she's strong, and Patrick (for an old immortal) doesn't mistreat her (as I've seen done so many times before in this market). The book's title  did confuse me since I've always regarded the word "seer" as someone who can see passages of time (as evidenced in many fantasies). A play on the word "auras" could have been effective and made a fun title. There were instances where I spent too much time in Kate's head (especially when thinking about Patrick)--some parts slowed down the pace and could've been trimmed. I'm glad the author had an "adult presence" in the book. Kate's grandparents take an active role in her life and do not disappear two chapters in on some trip. There are some surprising plot twist-n-turns which kept me hooked. And Kate's feelings for Patrick grew over time (days, not seconds, so cross off insta-love from this book).

Aura-seeing humans paired together with guardian-like angels to battle escaped demons is what can be found inside the pages of Seers. And a lot more.

Rating: 4

Cover comment:
I think this cover is kinda cool. 

Book source: 
I received a promotional copy in return for my honest review.

 We are giving away one eBook set of Seers & Demons to one winner. Our giveaway ends at midnight on May 12th and is open internationally.
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