Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Secrets Blog Tour Part 1

About the Author: By day, Dawn is a typical mom running around after her children, catering to her husband’s needs, acting as a taxi driver, and gourmet chef living in Odessa, Texas, with her husband, and three children. Then by night she falls into a world filled with shirtless werewolves, lethal vampires, and dangerous adventures. Her short stories have been published in SevenDeadly Sins and 13 Tales of Paranormal 

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     ************************My Review ****************************

Date Published: July 29, 2012

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Number of Pages: 319

Format: E-book and Paperback

First Thoughts:

This book really shocked me, I don’t know what I was expecting when I went into reading this book but I know it wasn’t what I read. Just in the beginning a major scene takes place that dramatically alters Leah’s path. The beginning really showed you how this book was going to be. I was impressed with the amount of time and effort that went into creating this book. You can see all the complex and unique elements that the author has thrown into to create a fun and enjoyable read. This book did have some adult scenes so I would caution anyone in that area. But overall I found this book enjoyable and fast to read.


So like I mentioned earlier this book started off with quite an unforgettable scene and it really sets the pace for the rest of the book. This book is constantly going forward and unraveling all the secrets that have been kept from the main character Leah. I really enjoyed that this book took some surprising twists; it really allowed the reader to really enjoy the book and not know all the possible outcomes. And even when you knew what was going to happen it was still as intense and nail biting and sometimes there were more than one possible outcome and you were just waiting to see what it was going to be. But as far as the actual story itself it was unique in itself, there were elements were used to as readers but there’s also the introduction of new elements and boundaries and the fun part is figuring out what those are. And I don’t want to give away much of the details on what this is about but know there are supernatural/paranormal elements in this book, so it’s not exactly reality based. But I think this is a story of strength and love; without those two things this character would have never made it far in this book. This book really showed the reader that nothing is never as it seems and anything can happen in a blink of an eye. I really enjoyed all the conflict and resolutions that took place throughout this book. This wasn’t really your typical plot but it was a plot nonetheless and it was executed well. There was plenty of rising and falling actions and there was that typical BIG climax but it just seemed a little different than the traditional plot. And the ending was very well concluded for this book. There’s still lingering thoughts and questions but those are obviously for the next book to come. So overall I did enjoy the plot of this book.


Yes there was romance but this book wasn’t all about that…it had so much more going on that the romance just seemed to be another added conflict. Typically I shy away from romance but in this case it was enjoyable and almost comical at times. And the other romances were fun to read and weren’t really annoying at all. So yes there’s romance but it didn’t subtract anything from this story at all.


Loved, loved, loved the characters in this book. I think there was any character you could ever find under the rainbow in this book. You had characters that were comical, sweet, strong, protective, etc.…they all came together to create a story worth reading. And Leah was a well created character though I had a bit of trouble connecting with her in the beginning but once the story got really going and I could get a feel of her I was able to finally connect and really understand her better. A lot of these characters were well created and personalized, you could literally tell them apart by their dialogue which was really cool. So overall I think this was one aspect that really made me enjoy the book so much.

Transformation of the Character:

There was the beginning of a transformation and I say beginning only because I can just tell there’s so much more that’s going to happen and the characters is bound to change with it…but Leah did do quite an amount of transforming in this book alone but with all that happened there’s no way she wouldn’t. But I can still see room where she’s going to transform and surprise us all. So overall this didn’t really affect my opinion of the book.


The description was really good at times, especially the scenes where the action took place. But there were some moments that seemed less detailed and more of just describing what is happening and nothing else. But there were a lot of scenes not like that, the best scenes were when she really put the emotion into the elements in the scene; using symbolism in the objects and scenery to describe the inner thoughts and emotions of what was going on in that scene. The best description is the description that allows you FEEL what is happening rather than just experiencing through thin pages. And like I mentioned earlier the dialogue was really good with staying true to the character and there wasn’t too much or too little. So overall this was a good aspect to the book.


This was written in one POV and in first person which allowed the reader to better understand Leah and to see what was happening right in the moment. I really liked that the way the author styled this book; it allowed the reader to get a bit broader perspective within one POV and first person which you normally don’t see in books. And as for the authors writing, it was just as easy and fun to read, I didn’t have a problem with it at all. So overall this was good aspect to the book.

Quote of the Book:

“My world was perfect when I woke up. I lay comfortably in a big fluffy bed, surrounded by soft, silk sheets…The sun was shining. Everything was as it should be. Then, I moved.”

Goodreads Summary:

It is said that the truth will set you free, but for Leah it kills.

Leah always knew she was different. From her extreme light sensitivity, to her ability to read people by their auric scent, she kept these differences secret.

Not even Mia, Leah's mother, knew the fullness of her daughter's differences, but she held even greater secrets to Leah's past - the truth about her father and Leah's conception.

With the escape of an old foe, Mia is too late to reveal to her daughter the thrush before Judith can exact her revenge in a wash of blood and death.

Thrown into a world unheard of, Leah discovers that she is not alone in keeping her secrets. That there are people from her parent's past who would die to protect her. If only she knew why.

Raine, placed as her protector, hides deadly secrets of his own. Drawn to each other, Leah and Raine must uncover the truth before one or both are killed.

Last Thoughts:

I would recommend this to supernatural and YA readers. Though this does have some adult scenes they aren’t honestly that bad and there aren’t many of them. This really was quite a fun and enjoyable book and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series because I know this world has so much more to offer to its readers. And as for the author I’m glad I read her book, never read anything by her and was quite impressed were her line of thinking. Anyways I simply enjoyed this world and all it’s beautiful characters and scenes.

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  1. Thank you so much, Lacey. I can't thank you enough for your wonderful review. I appreciate the time you've taken to participate in the blog tour. I hope, once the second book finds it way to the press, you will be blow away by the twists and turns coming Leah's way.

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