Before I kick off my goodies, I just found a picture on the author’s website that I wanna show you, and it’s AMAZING! Anyways hahahaha Hello everyone! Today I have a special guest. The lovely Ms. Keri sent me an email awhile back to let me know she had a new book coming out- of course I wanted to read it, so I said yes, but then she also organized a blog tour, so I am kicking off with some goodies today! Let me show you!
Flightless by Keri Neal
Available on KDP Select and Paperback
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Release date: May 30, 2013
Pen was a Guardian, but one violent night took his wings. Ten years later he is given the opportunity to earn them back.
Jade is spellbound by the new student. Pen is quiet, but she is determined to learn more about him. When her terrifying past comes back to haunt her, Pen reveals there is much more to him than she could have ever imagined.
With his soul on the line, Pen cannot protect Jade if his feelings keep getting in the way. But with Jade’s soul on the line, he must protect her from unearthly forces who want her blood. Will the truth redeem them, or tear them apart?
Pen and I are lounging under a big white umbrella. I am curled up with my head on his chest. His heartbeat is steady and slow, his breathing shallow. He is asleep. I pinch his arm playfully. “You’re going to miss it.”
He takes a deep breath and chuckles. “I’m awake. And I’ve seen my share of sunsets.”
I turn my head and rest my chin on his chest. His eyes are still closed. “You’re a grouch, you know that?”
He opens one eye and stares at me. “You know I’m going to find you. You don’t need to do this.”
My throat burns with emotion. “Yes, I do. You might not make it in time.”
Both his eyes open and stare blankly up at the umbrella. He is angry. His jaw clenches and his nostrils flare.
“It’s almost time.” I crawl up and lie down, straddling him. My blonde hair makes a curtain around us. He looks sad as he reaches up and holds my face.
“I don’t know how to say goodbye to you.”
I smile. The sun is glowing in the horizon. Its resting place comes alive with color. I see it all happen in the reflection in his eyes.
“Yes, you do.” I press my lips against his, urgently stealing every taste of him. I pull his lip through my teeth, and he groans loudly. The sound is erotic. Suddenly his hand is on the back of my head, pulling me roughly against him. His lips are not gentle anymore. They are rough and scaly, like a snake. He is hurting me. I push hard against his chest, only to realize my hands are bound. I start to cry as the sun descends into its salty grave.
So, I love red heads 🙂 LOL I am usually not a big angel fan, but this is a fallen angel, a guardian to be exact, and it’s got a very twisted take on angels. What if the only way to save your Charge (the person you are guarding) is to kill their enemy. Would you do it at the consequence of giving up everything including your wings? Hmmm, so, the first couple of sentences had me hooked. It tells you exactly how Pen lost his wings, and how he’s living life now, as a human. Until he gets the chance to redeem his wings. Oh man, this was a good one.
I really like Pen. He’s jaded, as he used to be an angel, and now is a human. However, when he finally realizes that in order to protect himself and his best friend, he must return to guarding the one person who lost him his wings. He’s sweet, and he tries to make things right, but it’s pretty hard. He’s also got a serious problem with Jade.
Jade is a brat. *sigh* At first, I felt horrible when I learned how Jade and Pen relate to each other, and felt horrible. Then I met her, and lawd, she needs a really good whooping hahahaha. Yeah I wanted to say bad words there. But then she grew, excellently, and I now can say I love her as a character. She is probably the best written character here, because she has the most growth in the book. You literally see it jumping off the page.
Jade and Pen’s relationship is complicated. I can’t get into it too much because that would just spoil everything for you. I was not disappointed. And this book is told in three different parts. The first part, you meet Pen, then the second, you get to know Jade. Lastly, the POV shifts between the two. This made the book the most interesting. You learn the “beginning” from Pen, as why he did what he did, what he’s gone through as a consequence, and how he’s brought back to Jade. The middle is Jade’s POV where you see her change so much. I swear I thought I was going to hate her, but then she changed my mind. 🙂
The writing is done so well, that you forget that you are reading different character POVs, and that it’s supposed to be simple. It’s grabs you, as these characters are just trying to survive. There’s some good mystery too, because not only is Pen’s “wings” on the line, but so is Jade’s life, and Pen’s BFF’s soul is there for the taking now too. I think if you like angels, you’ll love this one, but you’ll like it even if you don’t. It’s interesting, it’s fast paced, and it’s a good story. 4.5 FLIGHTLESS YET SOARING PAWS!!!
About the Author:
Keri Neal designs book covers. Flightless is her fourth published book. She lives near Austin, Texas with her husband, two children, two hamsters and a snake. She crochets, sews, reads, paints and loves all things artsy & craftsy.
Cover Artist: booklovers.kerineal.com
So the author had this picture on her website as a look at Pen, and I loved it!! I also wanted to tell you about the GIVEAWAY!! The author is going to be setting up a rafflecopter giveaway on her website HERE. Don’t panic, it’s not there as I update this post, but it should be there sometime on today. So go see what you can win! And I wish you guys all good luck!! A big thanks to Ms Keri Neal! Happy reading and later gators!