Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blog tour" A Place Beyond (The Danaan Trilogy #3) by @LauraHoward78 with review and #giveaway

We've been fans of author Laura Howard ever since we participated in a blog tour for her first book in this series, The Forgotten Ones. Now as we bid adieu to the last book in the trilogy, we bring you the blog tour for A Place Beyond. Enjoy!

Title: A Place Beyond 
Author: Laura Howard 
Series: The Danaan Trilogy #3 
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy 
Expected Publication: October 27th, 2014 
The time has come. Allison's quest to save her mother from Aoife's wicked enchantment will test everything she believes in. Who is trustworthy in the land of the Fair Folk, the Tuatha de Danaan?

It's up to Allison, along with her ragtag host of allies, to unravel the truth. Journey along and discover the power of love and duty as Allison faces the most difficult trial of her life.

Purchase: Amazon

My reviews: The Forgotten Ones (book one) | Stone of Destiny (book two)

"It was then that I knew. I knew no matter what, I was going to make you mine. And I've never forgotten." When Ethan speaks those words to Allison early on in A Place Beyond, my heartstrings began to hum and I knew. I knew, like Ethan, that witnessing the end of Laura Howard's The Danaan Trilogy was going to be an emotional experience.

Saying goodbye to anything beloved is never easy but this third book offers readers a satisfying though quick ending to what our heroine Allison has to endure and what she has to do to stop a psycho fae named Aoife. I won't go into details because it wouldn't be fair to fans who have not read the book yet. Howard's writing is succinct, her emotional scenes dig in deep (I won't mention a certain heartbreaking scene early on), the fae of the Tuatha de Danaan we've grown to like only strengthen our feelings while others do their best to continue receiving our disdain. 

Allison has undergone the most change as many main characters do as does Ethan. This flirt has his moments which only made me love this couple even more. But at the heart of the story is Allison and her grim determination to stop Aoife and save her mom (remember what happened to Liam at the end of the second book?). Other characters will step up and surprise us, others will return, and Allison, despite the setbacks, will do her best to keep her family safe, no matter what the cost may be to herself. A main issue with these fae has always been about trust and now Allison has to think everything, everyone, and old beliefs through. Who can she trust? Should she?

The lovely and occasionally creepy settings of the fae world,  its intriguing mythology, and a cast of memorable characters continues to impress me. I've always enjoyed my trips to Tir na n'Og and this one will resonate with me for some time. I wished the story was longer and some sections did feel rushed but then again, when does real life ever follow a script? Time in Allison's world is always skewered when she travels and the author shows us this. I didn't want to bid farewell to a favorite fae series and after finishing A Place Beyond I would like to thank Laura Howard for sharing her stories with us. I've enjoyed my experiences in her books and so look forward to her future books with a smile.

Mystery, love, and romance combined with issues like dedication, family and trust, with human characters to admire, supernatural beings to be weary of, plenty of surprises and a mystical setting to get lost in are just some of what I've encountered in the world of the Danaan. A Place Beyond takes us there along with a strong heroine and her dedicated boyfriend Ethan. Questions are answered and I hate to say goodbye.

Rating: 4.5

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


About Laura

Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.


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