Friday, 7 February 2014

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He Came For Me 

(The Protector #1)

Jazz, lives on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, in Queensland, Australia. She leads a normal teenage life busy with friends, TAFE College, a part time job as a waitress, surfing and searching for a boyfriend!

Until one day driving on her way to TAFE she is passed by a red Mazda Rx7. The driver holds her attention and as they both wait at a set of traffic lights to change to green, a sexual tension passes between them.

In the days that follow she finds that this guy moves into her life as she befriends him, his friends and family! But are Seb and his friends what they seem to be?

Attacks by groups of boys targeting girls Jazz's age are becoming noticed by the media. Eyewitnesses to the attacks state that these youths seem to possess abilities no normal human would be capable of. Is it drugs or is it something else?

Jazz finds that Seb, seems to be stalking her. What is his purpose? Is he really a friend or is he actually a foe?

A fantasy novel revolving around a love story between two young people, who should not by rights, come together. Crossing the dimensions of two worlds, this story embarks on a journey of love, duty and togetherness as the two young lovers fight to be together and keep each other safe. Overcoming many obstacles while fighting to protect one another this story will leave the reader intrigued and wondering what will happen next!

Review originally posted at Doodle's Book Blog

He Came For Me isn't your average run of the mill paranormal book. There are no love triangles, only harmless beings not of this world. Carolyn Brown created a unique twist on vampires in young adult novels today.

As the story unfolds we are looking at the world through Jazz's eyes. She watches as a guy drives by her one morning on her way to class and feels an instant connection. Not only does she find his eyes captivating, but she wonders why there is such a strong pull. She hasn't even met the guy and she is looking for him everywhere she goes. What she doesn't know is that he has always been there, she just never noticed him before.

Jazz is a down-to-earth college student who questions the odd things happening in her town, who lets her curiosity get the best of her, and who actually reacts properly when she finds out the guy who she feels this strong pull towards isn't human. None of that, "Oh, that's cool." She actually has a mild panic attack. To top things off, she doesn't get all gaga over the guy. He's there, great. He's missing for a few days, upset but she'll get over it. Like I said, not your average run of the mill young adult paranormal book.

There were a few other things I loved about this book besides Jazz. To be specific there was one event towards the end that reminded me of a horror movie. You know what I'm talking about. It's the scene where a girl is upstairs, she hears a bump downstairs, so she goes exploring, and something bad always happens. Well, there was a scene like that and something bad did kind of happen. I LOVED IT. I also enjoyed some of the words Carolyn chose to use. There were words that I hadn't seen in a young adult novel, such as specimen, and I grinned every time I read it (3 times). It's the little things that make me happy. Finally, we weren't just dealing in one world, but two. Normally we only see everything playing out on Earth, but in He Came For Me we have two completely different worlds.

Overall, this book was a great read. There was a little bit of content not suitable for a younger audience, but it wasn't as graphic as some books could be. I would recommend this to paranormal lovers 17 and up.

Review by: Jennifer Ricketts on March 01, 2013 : star star star star
The cover and title of this book really caught my eye. As I began reading, I wasn't sure what kind of supernatural beings Seb and his friends were; I just knew they weren't "ordinary." I liked that I thought I knew but was unsure; my curiousity and interest kept me turning the pages.

The setting was really cool--I haven't read a book that takes place in Queensland before, and it was enjoyable getting a visual of what living there would be like from this story. The author did a wonderful job describing the area of the Sunshine Coast, and as a result I'd love to visit there someday!

I don't want to go into too much detail concerning the plot so as not to give anything away, but I do want to say that there were several twists and turns in the plot that were fresh and original! I really appreciated the author's unique spin on this fantasy story of young love.

I connected with the main character, Jazz, right away. She isn't your typical delicate flower type of character--she's independent and tougher than I thought she'd be, which was a happy surprise. All of the characters each have his or her unique personality. Bliss was one of my favorite characters--there was so much to like about her. Seb is mysterious and multilayered--there's much more to him that is slowly revealed throughout the book.

I gave this book a four out of five star rating only because of a very slight issue I had with the author's use of exclamation points. I felt the way the dialogue was written conveyed how passionately or dispassionately a character was speaking, and many times an exclamation point wasn't needed in my opinion. This was very minor, however, and I still flew through the book, needing to know what would happen next.

The ending was so good--I definitely need to read the next book to find out what happens next!

I received a copy of this book from a read and review group on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

Review: LAWonder on December 14, 2013 starstarstarstarstar
Format: Paperback
 
What a delightful story of intrigue, adventure and romance this was! It reminded me of a different popular series but with a few different twists - of course, any weird fantasy with two romantically involved beings would have the same affect on me.
This tale was centered on a young college girl- Jazz - drawn into a totally different type of friends group... so different than her current one. It includes a mysterious young man -Seb - who quickly captures her attention and romantic interests. He is a total stranger, yet she feels safe and comfortable in his presence.

Strange things are happening all around her. Her once safe, normal life suddenly no longer appears as such. Confused and engulfed in a myriad of conflicting emotions, her curiosity takes her into life-threatening circumstances. Can she possibly survive this? It begins to seem highly doubtful

This is a fast-paced, moving, and romantic story. Jazz, unable to "sort things out" with all the confusing contradictions, and Seb, battling with unfamiliar feelings and his sense of loyalty two separate entities yet to his solemn duty.

The story ending left the reader aching for the next book of the Protector series.
The cover was don well and is an eye-catcher. The wording and descriptions were done well but with a few grammatical errors. One felt a connection to the different characters o various personality types.

My review of this book offers a solid Four & a Half Stars rating. Because of the very familiar sense of repetition and the few grammatical errors, I felt I could not offer a full Five Stars rating.

^Note: There is a sexual content at the end, therefore prohibiting me from a referral for the younger YA. It borders the New YA rating (which I feel is a ridiculous one). However, it isn't very explicit in content. The descriptiveness is tastefully done.

I was sent this book by author for an honest review, of which I have given.
 
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He Came for Mine

(The Protector #2)

by
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16052641-he-came-for-mineDesperate to save the life of a child he never knew he had, Sebastian returns to Earth to find Jazz in the arms of another man. A man he knows all too well. One who cannot be trusted! Sebastian worries if Jazz’s feelings for him have fleeted in his absence and he vows to win her back.

Jazz struggles to find ground between Sebastian and her new life, unsure who to trust and still holding resentment for Seb’s abandonment. She seeks solace through someone who was there for her when she needed to pick up the pieces.

After coming to terms with her new life, Jazz is struck down with confusion and longing when Sebastian suddenly returns. However, a dark battle is forthcoming, one that can only bring bloodshed.

7 comments:

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Cool giveaway.

nurmawati djuhawan said...

thx u for hosting ^^

Karen H in NC said...

No Valentine's day experiences worth talking about....I live a dull life! LOL Thanks for the giveaway thought...that would be a bright spot if I win!

joe hawk said...

I have had a wonderful experience meeting my fiance two days before valentines day on my birthday.

Melinda Dartmann said...

My husband and I have known each other for 21 years. We have only been married for 2 years though. Each year for 19 years, my husband proposed to me. Each year I received a ring. He did this for 19 years. Now that we are married, the last two years I have received a ring from him. That's true love!

Phaedra Seabolt said...

The year I got married, my husband to be was out of town a lot. For valentines day he ordered a giant gift basket for me which my mom delivered to me at our future reception hall. It filled her trunk.

Susan Broughton said...

I really don't have any experience to speak of.....does that mean I lead a boring life lol?

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