Thursday, April 18, 2013

Book Review & Giveaway ~*~ Siren Snow (Redhaven Saga #1) by Victoria Barrow

New Adult Contemporary Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Categories: Action/Adventure, Interracial/Multicultural
Publisher: Self-Published/Indie
Heat Level: Sweet
Word Count: 80,000

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Blurb ~*~
Winter is not exactly the ‘season of the witch’. It’s cold in Washington, and everything is covered in snow. But it doesn’t bother Lucilla Sinclair, the fiery Witch-Warden for Washington State. She’s perfectly happy performing minor enchantments at her little arcane shop in Redhaven, an old fishing town turned tourist attraction. Besides, her tall, dark-skinned elemental guardian Mishal keeps her warm at night. Her raven familiar, Irwin, helps her to pass the time in the otherwise sleepy town.

Magickal mischief in the cold, quiet state is slow for the most part, but when a freak winter storm lands a half-transformed Siren on her front porch, Lucy’s life becomes increasingly strange. Her dreams are suddenly assaulted with visions of a beautiful demon man, and her waking hours are spent warding off a cadre of mysterious shadow creatures.

With the life of the Siren in her hands, Lucy must trek through the snows of Canada in a race against time. Her mission: to find the one person with enough knowledge of forbidden black magick to fix the broken Siren Melusine before her seven days on land are up.

This is gonna be a rough week.

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Excerpt ~*~
In an instant, his skin blossomed with thick fur and his bones rearranged themselves into his much
taller, crème and ruddy red body. It was startling how fast he shifted; but he was an alpha, and that trait was common among alphas. He discarded the sheet to the floor and stepped to me on enormous, shaggy paws.

I stopped mid brush and looked up at him as he towered over me. He backed me up against the dresser and I shrunk a bit as he pinned me with his arms on either side of me, long claws digging into the dark cherry wood. That enormous face came down and he snuffled at me, pressing his fur and his nose to my neck. Goosebumps rose on my skin.

“Ya smell real good, boo. I dunno why, but you smell really yummy...” His voice was husky and gravelly coming from his wolfish throat, and I shivered at its closeness. Perhaps I'd been wrong about the not-interested thing. Soft fur brushed up against my front and I had a moment to enjoy the sensation of it before I came to my senses and promptly smacked him on the nose with the back of my brush.

He yelped loudly and took a step back, rubbing at the spot where I'd whacked him.

“It's enough that I have to deal with the demon, I don't need to deal with a horn-dog, too,” I said, shaking the brush at him.

Illustrious Illusions Review ~*~ 
   Victoria Barrows does an excellent job with her debut novel. Siren Snow is a fantastic tale for all readers.  Ms. Barrows style and story will keep you entertained and amazed at her imagination.

   Lucy is a the resident Witch-Warden of Washington State and when something evil her way comes, things are about to get more complicated that Lucy ever imagined. Lucy is a quarky character that I really adored.  She knows what she knows and isn't afraid to admit the things she doesn't know.  But she never seems to let anything stand in her way.  While she may 'spazz' about things on occasion, she still steps up and attempts things anyway.  

  Overall, Siren Snow is a great introduction to a seven part series that any reader can pick up and enjoy.  While at times Siren Snow seemed a little slow, everything really flowed well.  It is easy to empathize with Lucy and her stuggles to save the Siren that was affected by the first major issue Lucy has had to face as a Witch Warden.  

  You will also love several of the other characters.  Irwin is Lucy's familiar and a crow ~ He made me laugh several times and is highly entertaining.  Mishal is Lucy's Guardian.  he helps to keep her safe and also enhances her powers.   I am sure we will learn a lot more about him as this series grows, but he is yummy!  There are other characters that will have recurring roles that are really cool, but pick up Siren Snow and read for yourself.  If you are looking for a new, unique, paranormal type series then grab Siren Snow quick and get hooked like me :)

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

About the Author ~*~ 
A Texas native, Victoria currently lives in San Diego, California with her fiance and their two kitties (read: furry children.) She has a moderately unhealthy obsession with MMORPGS, and when she's not writing, spends a lot of time shooting bad guys. (Stupid Horde.)

Her bookshelf includes everything from Tolkien to plumbing (just one though... pipes are boring but nescessary). She's very fond of anything urban/paranormal fantasy, and has an entire shelf dedicated to zombies. (Never hurts to be prepared.)

Siren Snow is her debut novel, and book #1 of a 7 part series. Book #2 (Ghost Wolf) is due out May 2013.

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Giveaway Info ~*~

Prizes are (5) Autographed Copies of “Siren Snow” (1 each to 5 winners)
Contest is tour-wide and ends Apr 24. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
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