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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Blog Tour Book Review: Blood Passage (Dark Caravan Cycle #2) + GIVEAWAY!



Release Date: March 1, 2016
Author: Heather Demetrios
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Length: 496 pages
Source: ARC from Publisher

A jinni who's lost everything.

A master with nothing to lose.

A revolutionary with everything to gain.

When Nalia arrives in Morocco to fulfil Malek's third and final wish she's not expecting it to be easy. Though Nalia is free from the shackles that once bound her to Malek as his slave, she's in more danger than ever before.

Meanwhile, Malek's past returns with a vengeance as he confronts the darkness within himself, and Raif must decide what's more important: his love for Nalia, or his devotion to the cause of Arjinnan freedom.

Set upon by powerful forces that threaten to break her, Nalia encounters unexpected allies and discovers that her survival depends on the very things she thought made her weak. From the souks of Marrakech to the dunes of the Sahara, The Arabian Nights come to life in this dazzling second installment of the Dark Passage Cycle.

    

Review:

Protagonist: After gaining her freedom from her bottle Nalia still finds herself beholden to Malek and his final wish for her to take him to the Solomon's Sigil, a ring that can control all jinni. Now, Nalia has never been a shy or meek character, in fact she's probably one of the toughest protagonists I've read about, she's got a quick wit and she isn't afraid to put her money where her mouth is. Best of all she's not overly impulsive, she thinks through her big decisions. Does she always come to the correct conclusion? No, but she put thought behind her choices. In this book she gets only stronger, she goes through many struggles in this book, both physical and emotional and while she still has some growing to do by the end, her experiences in this book will no doubt have a lasting impact on her.

Romance: So once again we are given the love triangle between Raif/Nalia/Malek. Now as much of a crazy, obsessive, possessive, vain, power hungry, jerk Malek is, he does have his moments in this book. There aren't a lot and he really only does them because he wants to impress or at the very least not piss of Nalia, but there are moments where it's easy to see that, in his own twisted way, he really does love her. Of course not long after he undoubtedly reinforces my original opinions of him. There's some drama between Nalia and Raif too, there are some things they don't know about each other and some things they still need to confess to each other. Things the other may not want to hear.

World-Building: Moving away from America we move into Morocco, one of the most densely populated jinni areas on Earth. As our heroes search for the ring we learn more about their pasts and the jinni world as a whole. While we have yet to actually see Arjinna, I really didn't mind. This world is so beautiful and expansive. In this book we learn more about the jinni on Earth and those who were under the control of Solomon. As I said, we also learn more about the pasts of our characters, mainly Malek, though this book is by no means focused on him. We learn more about his family and where he came from.

Predictability: So there's a lot to this book that I wasn't expecting. At first things seemed to go much like how I imagined they would, but then before even getting halfway through, things take an unexpected turn and there's no going back. The foreshadowing in this book is rather light, there are a few things I could pick up here and there, but for the bigger twists, the ones that completely took my breath away, there was no way I saw them coming. I do feel like one of the major twists was a bit premature, like there was still some things left to be explored before things changed, but other than that I was pretty much sucked in by these moments.

Ending: So, there was this moment near the end, I was waiting for a final climactic moment. I wanted to see a fight, some sort of struggle, and for our heroes to defeat some great threat, and well, be careful what you wish for. There was a fight, but it was over way too quickly. Now there is a final climax but's it's much more emotional than it is a physical fight, which given the prime threat they had I would have loved to see something more drawn out. The cool down period was rather nice, there was quite a bit of set up for the final installment in this trilogy, culminating in one killer cliffhanger.

Rating:


So this book was hard for me to rate, par of me feels like it deserves a higher rating, this book was very hard to put down and I loved so much about it, but there were just a few things that I felt either happened too soon or were over too quickly. Overall though I really enjoyed this installment and can't wait to see how everything turns out in the final installment.

About the Author:


When she’s not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real. Her other novels include Exquisite Captive, the first in the Dark Caravan Cycle fantasy series, and I’ll Meet You There. She is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for underserved youth. Find out more about Heather and her books atwww.heatherdemetrios.com and www.darkcaravancycle.com, or come hang out with her on Twitter (@HDemetrios) and any number of social media sites.

Giveaway!


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Tour Schedule:


WEEK ONE
February 22 Such A Novel Idea REVIEW
February 23 
A Dream Within A Dream 10’s LIST
                           
City of Books REVIEW
February 24 
The Cover Contessa EXCERPT
February 25 
Adventures of A Book Junkie INTERVIEW
                            
Wholly-Books REVIEW
February 26 
Falling For YA MUSIC PLAYLIST
                           
Bookaholics Anonymous REVIEW

WEEK TWO
February 29 
Swoony Boys Podcast REVIEW
March 1 
Gone With The Words 10 RANDOM THINGS
                   
What Sarah Read REVIEW
March 2 
Zach’s YA Reviews REVIEW
March 3 
Curling Up WIth A Good Book REVIEW
                   
Wishful Endings REVIEW
March 4 
Bookfever REVIEW

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