Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway ~ Entrusted by Connie Ann Michael.

Title: Entrusted.
Author: Connie Ann Michael.
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal.
Release Date: November 18, 2013.

Purchase Links: Amazon ; Smashwords

Thrust into a world of Native American legends about Skinwalkers and Ancient Ones, Emma Hunter finds herself in the middle of a battle for a heart holding great powers – A heart hidden within her.

Seventeen-year-old Emma wants what every teenage girl wants: a life that revolves around school, her friends, and a boyfriend who only has eyes for her. Little does she know that in order to get one, she must sacrifice the other two. After a series of events put into motion by Luke, the boy she thought loved her, Emma is kicked out of her group home and her school. Her best friend mysteriously vanishes and now she’s forced to move to a secluded coastal town, where she hopes to escape Luke’s obsessive control. Instead, she finds her dreams invaded not only by Luke, but Solomon, a mysterious Native American warrior sent to protect her.

But when Solomon shows up in her reality to explain he’s her protector, she soon learns that he’s so much more. As Emma struggles to understand what’s happening to her, she must also deal with her undeniable attraction to Solomon. Their connection is stronger than anything Emma has ever experienced before and now she must decide: can she trust him with her heart? And just how far will she go to protect it?




Check out the trailer for Entrusted here!


Excerpt:

I closed my eyes. I couldn’t look at him and say what I needed to say. I wanted to accept his help, I wanted so badly not to be alone but I was afraid. “I was told not to trust you. I need more time but he’ll come. He’ll eliminate you. That’s what he does.”

He leaned toward me, his tone stern. “You have to live the life you have been given. You did not cause nor deserve what has happened. Don’t force yourself to shut people out before you give them a chance. I’m stronger than you think.” His voice hovered over me. “You can trust me. I’ll never hurt you. And I’m not asking to be your friend. You have no choice in my involvement. Accept my help or not, I’m here to stay.”

My eyes were drawn to his. The pull toward him was overwhelming. I was losing my resolve.

“Why are you afraid of me?” His words turned soft and I wondered if I had heard them at all. “When I come…why are you afraid?”

“I don’t know who to believe.” I sighed. “My mind is being told too many things. I don’t know what I am. What you are. I am afraid for you. I don’t want to be responsible for another life.”

He took my hand and rubbed it against his cheek. So soft, I thought. No stubble. Flashes of Luke’s rough skin against my cheek when he’d finally kissed me slithered through my thoughts. My breath caught. I closed my eyes, trying to regain my own thoughts, to push the hard kiss from my mind. Luke’s words echoed through me. I was your first kiss.

Solomon leaned forward and touched his lips to my cheek, lingering briefly before moving away.

Review:

I really love the blurb for Entrusted and its mystery and intrigue. Honestly, Native American folklore is not something I read about often but actually that kind of drew me to this book because it was out of my comfort zone yet something I found interesting.

With that, I have to give a lot of credit to Connie Ann Michael because her writing really made me want to learn more. Entrusted felt really well researched and I found learning about the traditions and history fascinating.

My concern with Entrusted was the pacing. The first part of the book was just too slow for me to really get into and although there were moments when the pacing improved and I found it easier to read, it then seemed to fall flat again.

For me, if the book had started with a quicker pace then I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more. As it was, I spent the first half a little confused because I wasn’t taking it all in and once it came to the mid-way part, I then began to really enjoy the book and find it interesting but there were still bits I didn’t understand because I wasn’t as enthralled as I should have been.

However, similarly to the way I felt about 1000 Sleepless Nights (also written by Connie Ann Michael), the author can win over any story with her ability to write such strong characters.

I loved Solomon and his mystery. He was a really interesting character. I really liked Emma too and I think I found myself rooting for her because everything seemed to be such a mess for her at the beginning in the aftermath of what her boyfriend Luke had done.

Overall, I found the concept of Entrusted to be really intriguing and would recommend this book to people wanting to learn and be thrown into a different world.

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*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review also posted on Goodreads ; Amazon UK ; Amazon


About the Author:

Connie Ann Michael was raised a city girl, but was converted to a country girl after college and now resides in a speck of a town in Central Washington State. She is married to her former boss as she worked at the local Pizza place and has two college age boys that provide endless material for her books. She loves the outdoors and can be found mountain biking, kayaking, or camping with her family. Being a busy family, she can be found working on her newest novel while on long road trips.

Connect with Connie: Website ; Facebook ; Twitter ; Google+ ; Goodreads

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4 comments:

  1. Thank you for your review!

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  2. Do not like the cover but you're right, great blurb. I am not into Native American lore either but this does sound interesting.

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    1. The background and folklore was really interesting but I agree with you too, I'm not a massive fan of the cover.

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