Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Blog Tour Review + GIVEAWAY: Fissure by Marilyn Almodóvar

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By Marilyn Almodóvar 

Summary: Baxter Jacobs just survived the worst Sweet Sixteen in history: buried in a coffin, hunted down by assassins, and losing almost everything that mattered to her. She’s ready for some normalcy, but “normal” won’t play any part of this Time Bender’s future.
Now that the immediate threat is over, Baxter learns just how much the English Council expects of the newest Interred. The pressure has her seriously considering her uncle’s offer to take her to New York, especially since she thinks it will keep her Healer, Jack, from overusing his abilities. Knowing the New York Council’s ranks are filled with beings using dark powers, however, makes her hesitate.
Before she can choose, the decision is wrenched from her. Fissures in Time result in a new battle with an old enemy. Someone she thought she’d lost reenters her life, and she’ll discover a web of lies woven into the fabric of Time…lies only she can unravel. Baxter will have to use her growing abilities to try and reveal the truth, even if it forever changes the reality she knows.
There are lies in the fabric of Time only she can unravel.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20705918-fissure


B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fissure-marilyn-almodovar/1119565642?ean=2940149613618

Genres: YA, Paranormal, Romance

Publication Date: May 20, 2014

Series: Chronicles of  the Interred (book 2)

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Fissure was one of those few sequels that I liked even more than the first book. That doesn't happen often, especially with me; usually I am a bit disappointed with the sequel because it didn't live up to the first book. 

First off, the plot is more engaging than the first story. Interred seemed like more of an introduction to the world of this series, and in Fissure we've learned enough that the plot has more of a chance to move. And move it does! 

There is a lot of stuff that I liked about this plot, but the main thing is Declan. Gosh, I love what happened with Declan. Interred tricked us into thinking he was simply a jaded and misunderstood kid whose bitterness was being cracked by Baxter. Well, after the plot twist of the century in the first book, it is apparent that was not true, and the author does not slide back from that once.There are no, "It was a trick all for love" plot in here. Declan becomes a truly great villain. It's a nice change from the trail that most YA takes, and I ate it up.

I was a bit on the fence over whether I liked Baxter and Jack together or not in the first book, but after this book I have to say I do. They are great characters separately; Baxter is funny and strong, and Jack is quite charming, and they are no less great together. 

The story becomes a LOT more complex in Fissure, and I'll admit that it could be tough for me to keep up with some of the elements in it. For example, (Spoiler, hightlight to see) I am still wrapping my head around the fact that there were six previous Baxters that failed (end of spoiler.) But, surprisingly, in this book, having a bit of a more confusing plot works. I like that I have to think about some stuff in this series. It actually adds to the fun, in this case.

What I didn't like? First, all the Supernatural and Doctor Who references. I like occasionally watching Doctor Who, but after a while I didn't like all the references to it in this book; it felt distracting. Also, if someone hasn't watched these shows, they'll have no idea what the heck these references are about. 

Also, it could be confusing to keep track of all these characters. There are a LOT mentioned in the story, and while I like that there were more than two characters that were significantly mentioned in the story, it got to the point where I was struggling to remember who was who and how they were related/connected to each other,so I would have to search them on my kindle to jog my memory. It became a bit tedious.

Still, Fissure is a really entertaining and different YA Paranormal. It actually has pretty good development and it doesn't have a Twilight rehash vibe. I would definitely recommend this to people who like the idea of YA Paranormal, but aren't in love with how uniform it has become recently. 

Marilyn Almodóvar is the author of a series of YA paranormal novels. Born in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, Lyn is a lover of words whose reading tastes range from Victorian novels to the books of Stephen King. Her favorite past-times have always been reading and writing, two activities that let her escape to other worlds.
It was this love that propelled her to choose Theater and French as majors in University, with a minor in English Victorian Literature. Lyn lived for almost a decade in England followed by three years in France before returning home to the States. A self-confessed citizen of the world, she is fluent in English, French and Spanish, with basic knowledge of the Italian language.
Lyn could happily exist breathing the clean air of Narnia, trapped in a cupboard under the stairs with Harry, fighting alongside Captain Jack Sparrow, doing an internship in Torchwood, or traveling around time and space with the Doctor…as long as she can have Mr. Spock, Captain Kirk and Captain Mal as companions.
Lyn currently lives in Central Florida with her French husband, English-born eldest son, and French-born youngest son. Her debut YA Novel, Interred, was be published by Iambe books on 01/22/2013.

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  1. Thank you for taking the time to review Interred and Fissure!

  2. Great review, Gabs! I like the sounds of this series overall and how unique it seems! Glad you liked it! :)

  3. This is a great review! I'm a huge Supernatural fan, so this is right up my alley!

    1. If you are a fan, I think you'll enjoy the references, then! I actually haven't watched Supernatural, so they mostly went over my head. *blushes sheepishly*


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