Thursday, 18 April 2013

CBLS Blog Tour: Siren Snow (Redhaven Saga #1) by Victoria Barrow **GIVEAWAY** REVIEW ADDED

Siren Snow (Redhaven Saga #1)
by Victoria Barrow
New Adult Contemporary Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Categories: Action/Adventure, Interracial/Multicultural

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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.


(from Chapter 25)
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.





“Siren Snow is the story of Lucy Sinclair, the young Witch-Warden for Washington State. She spends most of her days working in her shop and taking care of the routine magical needs of the folks under her care. Until a strange storm brings more than just a blizzard. A sea creature from the depths of the sea is just the beginning of Lucy’s troubles. When an injured siren washes up on shore, Lucy must embark upon a dangerous journey to save her.

This story is a fantastical adventure featuring mythical and magical beings, both traditional and those created by the author’s rich imagination. The characters are well drawn and engaging, and you’ll fall in love with the varied cast. From Mishal, Lucy’s hot elemental guardian (and I do mean hot!) to Mel, the stoic Siren, the author introduces the reader to characters we’ll sorely miss once we finish that last page.

Siren Snow is not without romance, though Lucy’s love life does take back seat to her heroic endeavors. Mishal, her best friend and protector, sticks by Lucy’s side, providing unwavering support. There are a few tender moments between them, but Lucy is holding back. She has a secret that involves a demon from her dreams. Twists, turns, and surprises await Lucy on her journey and the ending will leave you breathless.

I’m waiting anxiously for the next book in the series and once you read it, you will too. I highly recommend this book.”--Tricia Drammeh, author of The Claiming Words

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It really drew me in even in the first chapter. I couldn't help but read the entire thing in just two days!

The characters are very likeable. I already feel that I know them well, despite this being the author's first book. It's so easy to share Lucilla's triumphs, and to feel empathy for her shortcomings.

The unexpected adventure certainly kept me interested, and the surprises were enough to keep me on my toes. I don't want to say too much, but I found the motel scene to be particularly haunting, in a very good way!

The story is very well-told. A few loose ends are left untied - intentionally, I am sure - to set the stage for later entries in the saga. However, the focus of this particular book is fully realized, in a singularly satisfying manner.

I am eagerly awaiting the next installment of this series; it's really got me hooked! All in all, I would love to schedule a trip to Redhaven myself in order to meet Lucilla Sinclair and her companions!”--Phillip Anderson, Goodreads Reviewer

“Truly an amazing book. Victoria has definitely set the bar high for up and coming indie authors. Her attention to detail is not over looked as well as her genuine care and concern for her characters. I would recommend this book to any one who asks. The story line is so nicely done that you are drawn in from page one. This is a MUST READ.”--Maegan Provan, Author



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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.

Connect with Victoria Barrow
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/VictoriaBarrow



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****************************SPOILERS***********************************
Well.

I have to admit, had it not been for CBLS i would most likely have not picked this up or even have heard of it or its author.

But i have.

And im glad.

I enjoyed the book! The story had alot of different elements to it, alot of little stories or hints of "whats-to-be" intertwined in the story.
It was written well, consistent, and likeable characters.  Lucy and Mishal have a Witch-Guardian relationship, but like i say, there were little hints as to maybe in the future that might be something else.
The "villain" of the book....all we know is its shadowy and can take on a lot of forms.  They occurred alot throughout the book, and even at the end, youre not sure if Lucy had completely beaten them.

Its a great first book to a series.  It holds alot of who Lucy is, what she does, the kind of person she is, and all the characters around her.

The ending was left open.  Yes the siren was returned to the ocean, and Lucy, Mishal and Irwin, her Familiar in raven form, all survived.  BUT the demon appears....the shadow creatures are still being reported....Sabastian the werewolf wants help with something "personal" and the character of Aunt Rissa has only just begun i think.

Very pleasantly surprised by how much i enjoyed this, and if you like paranormal -this has witches, weres, hints to Vampires...i think this the beginning of what could be a good series!

2 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good book. Even though you wouldn't have picked it up without a nudge, was it good enough for you to want to continue with the series?

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  2. you know, i would!
    It does feel like its just the beginning, and i find the characters likeable and the storyline was really good.
    But you know you cant go off an entire series on the first book....it needs to be still fresh after 5 or 6, but yeah, i will be keeping an eye out for the next one!

    Thank you for stopping by!! :)
    xx

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