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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

BLOG TOUR!! Touched Series by Nancy Straight


Author Bio:
I LOVE Starbucks’ White Mocha Latte and Mountain Dew, (but not together). I have a lead foot so I set cruise control when I drive, even in 25 MPH zones. I almost never win when I play Angry Birds, but have my 9 year old close, so he can clear the hard levels for me. I grew up on a farm and am opposed to eating fresh chicken (not opposed to meat - just opposed to any meat that was alive a few hours before lunch). I am a huge fan of the show, Big Bang Theory, on CBS.  I have two fantastic sons, three rotten dogs and a husband that I adore.



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  At the Other End of Blood Debt:


Her whole life, it had just been the two of them. Before her mother’s last breath, she gave Camille the information she had craved her entire life: the identity of her father. Daring to contact him, Camille was welcomed by an entire family she never knew existed. But nothing comes without a price, as she discovers when her family claims a legendary heritage tracing back to a Centaur touched by Zeus. 

As she learns the secrets of her Centaur bloodline, she is drawn into a forbidden love with Drake. Her family acknowledges her life may be the blood debt required to pay for her mother’s transgressions. The same person who once held her mother captive, and forced her into decades of hiding, now controls Camille. Her only chance is to seek a piece of her mother’s past that will win her freedom and the life she desperately desires.

 
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  At the Other End of Centaur Legacy:
Camille and Drake are on the run from the head of the Centaur Council, seeking the mythical pasture of Thessaly and a family heirloom that may keep them safe. As their journey progresses from the rolling hills of Ireland to the snow covered forests of South Dakota, Cami learns more about her mother’s secrets, including a twin brother and a Centaur legacy that puts a death warrant on her entire family. 
 
Camille and Drake don't know who to trust or where to hide. Camille’s family is quick to come to her aid, but who among them can be trusted? 
 
A supernatural benefactor forces Drake to choose between being the man he wants to be and the Centaur warrior Camille needs him to be.






First Impressions Last:
Once you start, you won’t be able to stop! Straight delivers an addictive sequel that perfectly continues on from its predecessor.




Behind the 270 Pages





I had read Blood Debt, the first book in this series just after it came out. From reading the first book so long ago and starting this one now, you get a bit confused. You try to remember what happened and where everything was left off, especially seeing as the first chapter is from Beau’s POV. I love how straight away, even though the first chapter is a bit confusing because you’re still trying to figure out where everything is up to, that from the moment you start the second chapter everything that has happened just falls back into place. But in the second chapter the way that the events that happened in the first book are so easily manoeuvred into the second chapter and making it fit so seamlessly into the story and into Camille’s thoughts that if this reminiscing wasn’t there, the start of this book wouldn’t be as good as it was.
We start off with Beau calling Daniel, and Daniel is well..... Daniel! We can tell straight away that most of this book will focus on Beau with what he is going through, with reaching the eligible age to be chosen. I’m still not too sure on Daniel’s character; he is too overboard with his worry for Cami that it makes me turn off him. I love him as a character, but his worry for her is too much. We can tell straight away with Beau, that this book will be a tough one for him. When it all starts to unravel we can tell straight away what is going to happen and I started cheering for Beau when my prediction came true (Yes, I am a Centauride who can see the future! haha)
We then get to Camille and Drake on a plane to Ireland to find the Pasture. Straight away our insta-love with Drake is back on and we are head over heels for him again. We get caught up in everything that is happening and everything that has happened and get instantly hooked into the story. They are together (finally!!!), but they are not completely together ( ;) wink wink ). It is probably just me, but it feels like most of the trip is Cami trying to have Drake sexually and then Drake wanting Cami sexually, but then remembering otherwise that it shouldn’t happen until they are married. It’s a constant between Drake saying after they get married and Cami trying to find excuses to do it now. This wasn’t annoying for me, but it might be for some, as there are bits and pieces of this book that are like that and it might seem like half of the book is about them wanting to and trying to.
Even though this book is constantly switching between characters, nothing is forgotten as we are reminded of the other characters within each chapter or two.  I can’t really say more on the story because of spoilers but let’s just say, that once you start this book, you will be completely hooked! I (unknowingly) was a few pages away from the end of the book, and stopped reading because I was curious as to how much of the book I had left and I was surprised at how fast this book went that you literally don’t even realize it.

The only thing that I wish was added, was something about Phineas after what happened and Cami returning back to the south. It felt like it was just all left out in the cold after what happened, and it felt like there should have been something happen after Cami was gone.


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At the Other End of Centaur Rivalry:
The Centaur world is rocked as news spreads of the Lost Herd, Camille's existence, and her Centaur protector. A death order against Camille's father and family sends all into hiding. 

Camille and Drake leave the country pursued by the Lost Herd as well as by Centaur Council enforcers. Camille's twin brother Cameron is manipulated by the Council Head and is quickly becoming her newest enemy.

Amid unexpected new protectors, enemies, and romances, Camille and Drake make their plans to travel to Africa to confront the Centaur Council. They hope acceptance of Camille as Chiron's heir, yet knowing that her link to the Lost Herd could require them to kill or to be killed.






First Impressions Last:
This series can do no wrong! Another brilliant continuation to the Touched series that doesn’t fail to pull you in.




Behind the 280 Pages





As if we are starting a new chapter, this book starts off a few moments after the events in Centaur Legacy. For me, it literally felt like we were starting a new chapter than starting a new book! And once again, everything that happened at the end of the previous book was effortlessly put into the start of this book. It is perfect the way that everything is retold to jog our memory as Cami and Drake tell Bianca and Gage about what happened while they were away and it fits perfectly in the book without going overboard into detail of what has previously happened.
This book is a bit more on the romantic side than the previous books. Camille and Drake are finally together together and even with bits of action thrown into the mix, everything feels perfect. It’s a happy ending in the middle of the book that we have waited two whole books for! And even if this is just the holiday/preparation book for the final book, there is nothing that is lacking from this book and without this book, the final book would feel rushed and would need to have a lot more things included, which would make it a monster sized book! We see strong characters unravel and a lot of unlikely occurrences intermingled with the perfectness of Cami and Drake.
These two characters don’t get old. We still love our headstrong and powerful heroine Cami, as well as her smexy boyfriend/fiancĂ©/husband/Centaur Drake. We get to switch to both of these characters, as well as a mix of all the characters in the book as well. We get more from Zandra and wonder how evil a grandmother could actually be by what she has done and what she is prepared to do. We get to know Cameron, as well as the kind of person he is and see how much he has been manipulated by Zandra (well practically all of his POVs tell us how much he trusts Zandra, and all that she has done for him and how no one treats him like the way that she does etc), and you start to feel so sorry for him because we know what she is doing and what she has done when Cameron doesn’t know that.
I am completely convinced that Nancy is a Centauride and is gifted with hooking us in with her writing and making these amazing sequels that rivals the first novel. Just like Centaur Legacy, we are go straight through this book and desperately wait for the next book. We know what is going to happen and are desperate for answers and to see what is going to be thrown at us next.


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Centaur Redemption
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This novel was received for review via ATOMR tours. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.

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