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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tamara Rose Blodgett Reviews “Meant to Be” by Tiffany King

Meant To Be Book Description:
Krista Miller feels like she has lived her entire life in a glass box with her every emotion on display. She can’t help feeling like a defect as her sensitivities have made her socially inept and without any real friends; the one exception being the boy that visits her each night in her dreams.

Krista’s emotions are put to the test when a move to
California triggers a devastating change to her fantasy world. The nightly comfort that the boy provides has now become a recurring nightmare as he is taken from her by an unseen force.

Struggling to appear normal, Krista enrolls in a new school and finds it to be nothing like she thought. Her new life is sent spiraling out of control from a strange connection with a boy, Mark, who claims to know all her secrets.

As Krista begins to explore the emotions that Mark evokes in her, secrets about their mysterious past and their predestined purpose threatens to separate them just when they have found each other.
Meant To Be Review:
This is a book that keeps the mystery at a high fever pitch until the very end ( maybe too long). I loved the tension but the unveiling came a little too late [in the novel's progression] and felt "anti-climatic." I also never got a real "fix" on the mother-daughter relationship. I felt that the mom's behavior was inconsistent as the novel progressed. Those are my main gripe(s) that kept it from being a "5."

I really like King's writing style, I found myself emotionally involved with the story at the end; really unusual for me. There is a smoothness of transition and story-telling that reminded me of Karen McQuestion. That's what she'll be in a few more books. King drew me in to feeling for, rooting for, caring for the characters. I loved her premise and the roles the respective characters played. Finally, an "alpha" male lead in a YA paranormal romance I could "sink my teeth into!" Sometimes, the males are written to be "wimpy," and it doesn't resonate for me. Mark was a real dude and should feel that way to chicks that read it.

I *loved* the ending with the action and violence! I wish YA's were written with more of this contrary interaction. So many are too sappy and slow-paced to get a reader's blood pumping! The ending more-than-made up for the slow start!

I will definitely be purchasing any future installments. Keep writing, Tiffany!
Stars: 4.5 of 5
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Sub-genre: Urban Fantasy
Elements: Light profanity, Sexual inference, Moderate violence & Mild torture
Age: 13+
Noteworthy: This is currently ranked in the mid-2,000's on Amazon.com top sellers of any category!
Purchase Link:http://tinyurl.com/5txldoz
Publisher: Tiffany King.
Grammatical/formatting issues: Nothing significant.
eBook: Yes
Paperback: Yes

Reviewed By:
Author Name: Tamara Rose Blodgett

Author Info:
Tamara Rose Blodgett is a “thinking-out-of-the box” paranormal enthusiast who believes there's a 95% chance zombies do not exist; but loves to write as if they do... she's from Alaska and has worked as an online journalist in the past. Tamara's debut novel, Death Whispers is available now and book two in the Death Series, Death Speaks, will publish in August. Her YA paranormal romance, The Pearl Savage, will be available in June. In her spare time she's a [reluctant] serial-re-modeler, project-slave and big-time, in-her-pants reader (surprise!). She does a great deal of day-dreaming about impossible scenarios and events, writing books to capture them in stories for you~ Side note: Gnomes should be exterminated.

Current Release:
Death Whispers (Book One): Young Adult Paranormal/Science Fiction Romance

Purchase Link: http://tinyurl.com/3ggqekf

Blurb:
Almost fifteen-year-old Caleb Hart is a Cadaver-Manipulator in the year 2025.

When teens receive a government-sanctioned pharmaceutical cocktail during school, paranormal abilities begin manifesting... making the teens more powerful than the adults.

After Caleb discovers he has the rare, Affinity for the Dead, he must do whatever it takes to hide it from a super-secret government agency whose goal is exploitation.

Caleb seeks refuge in his new girlfriend, Jade, until he realizes that she needs as much protection from her family, as he does from the government.

Suddenly, Caleb finds that hiding his ability while protecting Jade and his friends is a full time job; can he escape the government, protect Jade and lose the bullies that are making him miserable?

Review Snippets:
"I was hooked by the end of the first page.."
"The whole relationship between Caleb and Jade seemed very genuine.."
"For me the best part by far was trying to connect the dots.."

-Aaron, thebloggergirlz.blogspot.com/

“...dialogue...as well as the action, was [also] very well done.”
“...events seamlessly build off each other, capturing the reader's attention until the very end.”
“... the technological aspect of this novel was amazing...”

 --bookvacations.wordpress.com./

“The issues surrounding the paranormal gifts these kids have is so fresh. I don't think I've ever heard of an idea like this....”
“I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants a great read.”

--awesomesaucebookclub.blogspot.com/

“This series is definitely something new and different.”
“Blodgett does an amazing job with writing a futuristic paranormal.”
“She is very consistent in her technology and never slips up.”

  --bookbitereviews.blogspot.com/

Coming Soon from Tamara Rose Blodgett, Death Speaks (Book Two)!


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