Book Review and Author Interview – Eternal Soul by Karimah Colden

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Published: November 16th 2016 by Karimah Colden

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery

Pages: Paperback 300

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Reign Elise La’ Roche is savvy in business, evasive in love, and private and protective when it comes to her personal life. Born in the flavorful city of New Orleans, she is also the descendant of powerful hoodoo magick, age-old African mysticism and dark family secrets. This Creole beauty is content living a charmed existence; that is, until a strategic retaliation against her father changes her life forever. Reign is suddenly tossed into a whirlwind of betrayal, magick and the awakening of a whole new world where nothing appears to be in her control.To protect and preserve her lineage, Reign soon learns that she must embrace the one thing she’d fought years denying…a bloodline of ancient power. And with time, Reign evolves from a successful artist and gallery owner, to a woman of unlimited means and potential with one climactic goal: vengeance.

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An Eerily Alluring, Bone-Chilling, and Entertaining Story  

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In Eternal Soul, Karimah Colden introduces an eerily alluring world filled with curses, secrets, power, danger, and magick. A wickedly wild ride, Colden doesn’t disappoint and takes you on a heart-stopping and thrilling adventure as you discover the dark and terrifying world of voodoo and hoodoo.

I can’t recall if I’ve ever read anything with voodoo or hoodoo magick before and I’m also not too familiar so I really enjoyed reading about that in this book. The magical system and Colden’s artistic interpretation were fascinating. I liked the world-building and the lovely setting. I thought the descriptions were well-written, vivid, and very inviting. The plot moved at a decent pace and kept me interested enough. I thought the story had a nice mix of mystery, intrigue, suspense, drama, humor and romance. I found myself on edge and holding my breath a few times which was a bit surprising since I wasn’t expecting to feel that way at all. Never really knowing where the story was going made me feel uneasy and eager to find out what would happen next. I really liked that feeling and all the twist and shocking revelations. This was definitely a bone-chilling and entertaining read with an ending that left me wanting more.

The characters were well-rounded, but for some reason I wasn’t too crazy about any of them. Reign was intriguing and I enjoyed her journey and character development. She just didn’t really impress me (at least not in this book) and I personally couldn’t really connect with her. Alexa, her best friend, was an okay character. I liked that she seemed to want the best for Reign and was always supportive and honest. Krystian and Adrian did nothing to swoon me. I honestly don’t know why, but I just thought they seemed flat. I liked that Krystian was protective of Reign and he seemed genuine and nice. As a love interest, he just wasn’t charming me that much. I was actually more interested in getting to know more about Reign’s father Julien, her mother, Claudette, and pretty much all the other spiritual beings.

I also didn’t really love or enjoy the romance that much. It felt a bit forced and pointless. For me, it just didn’t make sense or fit in the overall plot. It was just there so the story could have romance. I did think it was quite entertaining and even a little swoony at times, but it did little to excite me or add any significance in the story. But, maybe it will later on.

Overall, Eternal Soul was an enjoyable read. With family curses, supernatural occurrences, secrets and betrayals, romances, and with danger lurking in the shadows, this book was thrilling, twisty, and entertaining. I was quite intrigued with the concept, the world-building, and the voodoo and hoodoo magick. It’s definitely worth the read and the ending will definitely make the readers desperate for the next book.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Reign, still a little off balance, began feeling distressed.  Her mind was screaming that something was wrong.  But the only thing she seemed capable of doing was to lean into Krystian’s embrace as they stood next to the limo and waited for Adrian.
Resting in Krystian’s arms, Reign took notice of something.  “A blood moon,” she mumbled.
“Yeah,” he said, looking up at the sky along with her.  “It’s supposed to mean something crazy, but I really don’t believe in superstitions.”
“It’s not crazy,” Reign responded, looking back at him, “it means that blood has been or will be spilled.”
Krystian rubbed her arms when he felt her shiver.  He had forgotten where he was for a second, and even if she didn’t partake in the practices this town was built on, Reign’s blood was rooted in it.
“Well, let’s pray for the poor soul it’s meant for.  May they rest in peace,” he replied.
When Adrian arrived all four of them climbed into the car and before they pulled off, Reign was sound asleep.
“You got her?”  Alexa questioned as they climbed out of the Towncar, Reign completely lax in Krystian’s arms.
“Do I look like I am struggling?”  He replied sarcastically, walking to the front door.
Alexa picked the spare front door key from her keychain and let them in.  Reign had nightlights strategically placed throughout, which illuminated the house enough that they didn’t need to turn on any lights.
Krystian followed Alexa to the bedroom and laid Reign’s heavily sleeping form in the turned down blankets of her bed.  He gently took off her shoes and pulled the covers up over her.
“I’ll be in the car,” she said, noting the care Krystian took in tucking her friend in.  “I’ll leave my keys in the door.  Just lock it and bring them with you on the way out.”
When Krystian was alone with Reign, he just stared at her in the dim lighting, listening to every breath she took.  After a few minutes, he brushed her tousled hair aside and kissed her forehead.
“You are so special, and I was so wrong about who I thought you were,” he whispered as he got up, then walked toward the bedroom door.  Looking back, he could still see her sleeping form; still hear rhythmic breaths of her deep slumber.
Unfortunately, what he did not see or hear was the figure that took refuge in the darkest corner of Reign’s bedroom.  He had been patiently awaiting the return of Reign Elise La’ Roche for the past three hours.  And now, with her finally here in the same room, he was filled with anxiousness and anticipation.  Eagerness mounted while waiting for the sound of the latch to the front door to turn securely in place.  Shrouded in silence and still hidden, his gaze focused on where Reign slept soundly in her bed.
Had he known of the eminent danger, he never would have left her.  He broke his promise; he would not keep her safe.  And with one deafening click as Krystian turned the key, Reign’s fate was sealed.

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Hugs and all the love to Karimah for taking the time to do this interview. 

What was your inspiration for the Eternal Series?

I have always been drawn to the unexplained and mysticism in life.  Between an insatiable curiosity and the lure of everything New Orleans, I feel that the Eternal Series was always brimming just under the surface of my creative mind just waiting to be set free.

Who is your favorite character from Eternal Soul?

My favorite character in Eternal Soul is Reign. I enjoyed creating her as a multi-faceted woman with limitless supernatural powers and obvious underlying very human vulnerabilities and conflicts.

Have you always loved writing?

Ever since I was in high school, creating teen crush poems, writing has been a passion of mine.

What is you favorite part about being an author/writer?

My favorite thing about thing an author is that I am able to create worlds and characters that people can enjoy and fall in love with.  I also love being able to take any idea and transforming it into something magical and different.

Which authors have inspired your writing?

Jude Deveraux, Stephen King, J. K. Rowling, Anne Rice,and  Elizabeth Lowell are a few of my favorite authors.  However, J, K, Rowling’s story in particular is uplifting and hits closest to home for me.  Directly relating to her plight as a single mother with limited financial means who had faced rejection many times and on multiple levels, but continued to persevere.  Knowing the amount of energy that goes in to creating a world and a story but having others constantly tell you that you’re not good enough is hard; but to have the fortitude to continue is admirable.

If there was a zombie apocalypse and you could only take 3 books with you, which ones will you choose?

My favorite book of all time, A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux, The Coldest Winter Ever by Sista Souljah and Lasher by Anne Rice.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?

I would love to be able to turn invisible, that way I can observe life and nature in its purest form.  Also, I’d be an amazing detective.

If you could have any other job/profession other than being a writer, what would it be?

I would love to be an actress.  In a perfect world I world portray the characters I create in my novels.

What are some of your current favorite TV shows?

I am a HUGE Game of Thrones fan.  I have been watching since the very beginning and not once has an episode disappointed,  I also repeatedly binge on all 13 seasons of Supernatural.  I fangirl for Dean Winchester and Christian Keyes as Michael.

Again, thank you so much Karimah for answering my questions. I hope you lovelies enjoyed reading this as much as I did. 

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abouttheauthor

Bio taken from the author’s website

My name is Karimah, but almost everyone in my life has a nickname for me.  Kream, Rimah, Karma, and Kima just to name a few. I have always been highly emotional and empathic, so it made sense that from a young age I gained an unshakable interest in poetry.  Well, it makes sense to me because all of those emotions had to go somewhere.  And by the time I reached high school, a friend introduced me to romance novels, which solidified my love for words and books forever.

For the majority of my life I focused on evolving my gifts and indulging in my love of books a secret.  I mean, people already looked at me strange because I never seemed to fit in nor could I keep my head out of the clouds.  However, life, and time, forced my creative powers to mutate, grow and evolve into that of a spoken word artist and novelist (just call me MsPhoenix).

Initially seeing my natural talent for writing only as a hobby, I was eventually encouraged by friends to test this skill with the masses. To my surprise my work was very well received, so an entirely new world had opened up to me.  Now, I am a full-time mother of twins desperately fighting to claw my way out of a mundane nine-to-five existence and into that of a successful author. I am working towards living a dream that my fifteen year old self created; I am fighting to create the life I always wanted and know my kids deserve.  I always believed that anything is possible, and fortunately, this is no different!

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Website: http://www.kdcolden.com

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Thanks for stopping by lovelies!! Don’t forget to add this book on your TBR.

sincerelykjologo

 

Book Review – Ember Burning (Trinity Forest Series) by Jennifer Alsever

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Hello lovelies! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Today, I’ll be sharing my review for Ember Burning, the first book in the TRINITY FOREST SERIES by JENNIFER ALSEVER. I’ll also be sharing some of my favorite quotes from the book and there’ll be a giveaway later on this week!

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Published: My 6, 2017 by Sawatch Press

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Paperback Format: 348 Pages

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Senior year was supposed to be great–that’s what Ember’s friend Maddie promised at the beginning of the year. Instead, Ember TrouvE spends the year drifting in and out of life like a ghost, haunted by her parents’ recent, tragic death.

At home, she pores over her secret obsession: pictures of missing kids– from newspaper articles, from grocery store flyers– that she’s glued inside a spiral notebook. Like her, the people are lost. Like her, she discovers, they had been looking for a way to numb their pain when they disappeared.

When Ember finds herself in Trinity Forest one day, a place locals stay away from at all costs, she befriends a group of teenagers who are out camping. Hanging out with them in the forest tainted with urban legends of witchcraft and strange disappearances, she has more fun than she can remember having. But something isn’t right.

The candy-covered wickedness she finds in Trinity proves to be a great escape, until she discovers she can never go home. Will Ember confront the truth behind her parents’ death, or stay blissfully numb and lose herself to the forest forever?

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 A Wickedly Mesmerizing, Utterly Thrilling, and Deliciously Twisted Tale  

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A hauntingly dark, but beautifully affecting read, Ember Burning by Jennifer Alsever  had me holding my breath until the end.

This book completely consumed me and I finished it in less than 10 hours!!! It was intense, thrilling, twisted, mysterious, and quite disturbing. Actually, some parts were terrifying and/or painful to read, but the storyline was also so incredibly fascinating that I could not put the book down. The plot was well-written, fast-paced, and suspenseful. I love that I never really knew what was going on and couldn’t predict what would happen next. I went through the story as if I was Ember experiencing whatever she felt as she struggled with her own guilt and tried to figure out what was really happening to her. There’s definitely something intoxicating about Trinity Forest and with a cliffhanger like that, I absolutely can’t wait to see what happens in the next two installments.

Alsever’s spellbindingly gorgeous writing style lured me in and never let go. It was wickedly mesmerizing, utterly thrilling and deliciously twisted and I was wonderfully entertained. I enjoyed the unique world-building, the mystery behind Trinity Forest, the supernatural elements, the intriguing characters, and the romance. This book without a doubt exceeded my expectations and I cannot recommend it enough.

If you’re looking for a beautifully written and relatable story about death, pain, guilt, self-discovery, and love with a paranormal twist, then I highly suggest you add this amazing book to your TBR.

Note: There are some trigger scenes in this book, so just be aware that you could read something you may not be comfortable with.

Huge thanks to the author for sending me a copy of this book which I voluntarily agreed to review. All thoughts, opinions, and feelings are my own.

 

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A glimmer of sunshine pours through my personal Ember armor and into my heart. Something is happening here, and it’s like I’m waking up from a deep, deep sleep.

 

We’re all broken in some way, beat down, ready to give up. We want a second chance, and Trinity gives that to us.

The kiss sends me spinning, cartwheeling into another world. This is like an out-of-body experience. To open your heart and let someone crawl inside, write their name and take a piece of you. You carry them inside you, you take them with you, you breathe with them. This is what people talk about when they talk about love.

You can’t get so ruled by emotion that you do something you regret.

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GOLD MEDALIST

2018 INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARDS  

Best Young Adult Fiction E-Book

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2018 MOONBEAM BOOK AWARDS

Best Young Adult Horror/Mystery

QUARTER-FINALIST FOR PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 2017 BOOKLIFE PRIZE

“Excellently plotted, flows well and beautifully written.”
–Publishers Weekly

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A teenager still lives inside author Jennifer Alsever. She spent two decades as a professional journalist, contributing to such publications as Fortune Magazine, the New York Times, Inc Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, before letting her imagination run wild in 2016. The result is Ember’s story told in the three-book Trinity Forest Series, her first published fiction work.

When not absorbed in writing, Alsever enjoys a good hike, doing some yoga, hanging with her boys, some moguls on skis, a rigorous mountain bike ride or indulging in the simple pleasures of life. Her favorites: untouched snow, frozen chocolate chips, savasina on a yoga mat and yes, bowls of pan fried brussels sprouts. Jennifer is working on her upcoming novel to be released in 2019.’

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Thanks for stopping by loves! I hope you enjoyed reading my review for this book and be brave enough to travel into Trinity Forest. sincerelykjologo