March has been a month full of book tours and I am happy to end the month with another novel for CLP Blog Tours. Today I am featuring a debut novel by Jolyn Palliata, Amber Eyes (Entwined Souls Trilogy – Book One).
Pages/Size: 276/401 KB
Published: January 19, 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace (self)
Genre: Paranormal, Fiction
My Rating: 3.5/5
Summary (from amazon.com):
**NOTE: A copy of this book was provided by the author. However, no compensations were made and this review reflects my honest thoughts and feelings.**
What a wonderful concept for a novel... Entwined souls. It is definitely one that I have not read before and for that reason alone, I was very excited to read Amber Eyes.
Right from page one of the story, I was hooked. The pace of the opening chapter had me flipping the pages so quickly that I had to stop myself from scanning to the bottom of the page to see what was going to happen. However, that pacing didn't stay beyond the first few pages of chapter two. What was once a wonderfully paced story suddenly became a slower, hard to swallow pace and I found myself wanting to skip pages to further the story along.
The characters in Amber Eyes were well developed. I really enjoyed Lexi's character and found her to be very relatable. Dez and I had a very love/hate relationship in that I loved to hate him and also hated that I sort of loved him. All of the supporting cast, while playing minor roles in the story, seemed well placed with my favorite of course being Neeko, Lexi's furry companion.
Overall, I enjoyed Amber Eyes and will be looking forward the the second book in the series.
Jolyn’s writing career began in 2009 when she looked across the sea of cubicles at work, and thought, “I was meant for something more than this.” That thought was immediately followed by, “I wonder if I can write a novel.” Four novels and one novella later, that question has been answered. She started with Amber Eyes (Entwined Souls Trilogy – Book One), a young adult paranormal romance. They always say, with the first book, you write about what you know. And she certainly did! Drawing off her teenage years in Oshkosh, WI, Jolyn incorporated her high school and favorite haunts. She even pulled out her favorite music from back then to help recapture the teenager within.
Jolyn has absolutely no qualifications whatsoever to be a writer, other than a knack and a passion. The knack she worked hard for through betas, critique partners, writer sites, editors, etc, but the passion she’s had since she was in middle school.
Being married, and mother to one very precocious six-year-old, doesn’t leave her with a whole heckofalot of time to write – not to mention working full-time – but that is where lack of sleep comes in very handy. Jolyn has a gift of functioning on minimal sleep when totally absorbed by a writing project…although she crashes like dead weight when it’s fully completed/edited (usually 2-3 months later).