Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Review & Giveaway ~ Vision of Shadows by Vincent Morrone.


Today is my tour stop for Vision of Shadows by Vincent Morrone, which is published by Entranced Publishing. My post will include a review, excerpt and tour-wide giveaway. To follow the rest of this tour, click the banner above to take you to the schedule.

Title: Vision of Shadows (Vision Series #1).
Author: Vincent Morrone.
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance.
Release Date: December 30, 2013.

Purchase: Amazon

Is Bristol Blackburn about to meet the love of her life...or her killer?

After the death of her parents, Bristol Blackburn's life is thrown into chaos and she's forced to move to Spirit, a small town where shadows are stirring. As she learns to navigate her new school and figures out how to keep her psychic abilities secret from her family, Bristol comes face to face with the boy who makes a regular appearance in her dreams: the gorgeous, possibly deadly, Payne McKnight. Soon she’ll find out if Payne will be the love of her life, or the end of it — and she has no idea which possibility scares her more.

And that's not even the worst of it. Strange shadows are haunting her dreams, and they're up to something that could put Bristol and the lives of everyone she loves in jeopardy.




Want to chat with Bristol, the main character of this series? Follow her on Twitter here.


Excerpt:

Journal of Bristol Blackburn
Sunday, March 17th

There are times when being psychic really bites, and this is one of them. Here it is, three in the morning, and all I can think about is the boy who will eventually have his hands on me.

I have no idea what his name is. We’ve never met, but I feel like we’ve grown up together. I’ve had visions of him since I was six years old. Now, eleven years later, I know we’re getting closer and closer to finally meeting. I think it’s going to happen any day now.

And the thought scares the hell out of me.

I know what Dream Boy will look like. In a word: hot. Dark hair that falls loosely over his deep blue eyes. He has an angel’s face and the devil’s grin.

I know he’s got a bad boy attitude. Half the time, I get flashes of him getting hurt. Sometimes he’s playing the hero. Other times, he’s just being an idiot. Many times, it seems like there’s someone who enjoys hurting him.

What I don’t know is what he’ll be to me.

There are times when he seems to love me. Don’t ask me why. But he’ll look at me with nothing but love and contentment in his eyes. Earlier tonight, I had one of those dreams. One where he couldn’t keep his hands off of me. Weird that I know every inch of his body, yet I have no idea what his name is, huh?

Then there’s the other vision. It was the first one I had of him, and the one I have most often. It’s the one I woke from tonight, the feeling of his hands still on my skin.

In that vision, he doesn’t look at me with love, but with hatred. He has his hands wrapped around my neck as he slowly squeezes the life out of me.

So any day now, I’m about to meet the boy of my dreams —literally. Then I get to see if he’s going to be the love of my life or the end of it.

Funny thing is, I’m not sure which idea scares the crap out of me more.

Review:

Vision of Shadows was an interesting story with lots of twists and intrigue right from the beginning. It felt original and was very enjoyable.

I loved the pacing of this book. Vincent Morrone did a great job of heightening the tension and suspense in the story and then reversely slowing it down so it could all sink in. Actually, I really enjoyed his writing style throughout from his build-up of characters to the way he managed to develop the various relationships and events in Vision of Shadows.

The book is written from Bristol’s perspective and I really liked her a lot more than I expected to. I normally find that in a lot of Young Adult Paranormal books, the main character is too uptight to be likeable but I found Bristol funny and endearing. I enjoyed reading Payne’s character too and loved Bristol’s new family right from the beginning.

There is a lot going on in Vision of Shadows but everything tied in and worked well. I often find that I read a lot of Paranormal books and like them, but never really feel like I’ve followed and enjoyed the whole story. Just before I was about to read Vision of Shadows, I was kind of expecting the same, possibly a four-star rated fun book. However, that would not do justice to the author or his book because from the moment I started the book, I was captured and enthralled. It was written excellently and I’m optimistic that Vision is going to be a great series.

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

Review also posted on Goodreads ; Amazon UK ; Amazon


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Vision of Secrets (Vision #0.5) is the prequel to Vision of Shadows (Vision #1).

Title: Vision of Secrets (Vision #0.5).
Author: Vincent Morrone.
Publisher: Entranced Publishing.
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance.
Release Date: December 2, 2013.

Download Vision of Secrets for free here!

Bristol understands secrets. She's got plenty of her own, ranging from the annoying ghost that keeps showing up and attempting to sing Copacabana, (badly) to the visions of a terrifying future that is getting closer each day.

Bristol knows secrets can kill. She's getting flashes of a boy racked with guilt over his secret. And a girl who's prank might lead to someone's death.

Vision of Secrets is a free prequel introduces you to Bristol Blackburn before the explosive events in Vision of Shadows and lets you see how a young girl deals with her Visions of Secrets!



About the Author:

Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, Vincent Morrone now resides in Upstate NY with his wife. (Although he can still speak fluent Brooklynese.) His twin daughters remain not only his biggest fans, but usually are the first to read all of his work. Their home is run and operated for the comfort and convenience of their dogs.

Vincent has been writing fiction, poetry and song lyrics for as long as he can remember, most of which involve magical misfits, paranormal prodigies and even on occasion superheroes and their sidekicks.

Connect with Vincent: Website ; Facebook ; Twitter ; Goodreads


Vincent also participates in a group blog called YA Rush which consists of YA and NA Entranced authors. You can find YA Rush here: Website ; Facebook ; Twitter ; Pinterest

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