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"Powerful & Thought Provoking"

In Honor by Jessi Kirby (Review)

"This is going on my favorites shelf and I will probably reread it again in the future."

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Exiled and Shift by M.R. Merrick - Promotional Tour + Giveaway!



Power Will Flourish

Lives Will be Lost

Nothing, Will be Forgotten



Chase Williams is a demon hunter in the Circle, or at least he was supposed to be. On his fifteenth birthday, Chase stepped up to the altar to claim his elemental power, but it never came. Elemental magic is passed down to a hunter through the bloodline, but on Chase's birthday, the bloodline stopped. 

Exiled without the Circle's protection, Chase has spent two years trying to survive a world riddled with half-demons and magic. When he has a run in with a frightened and seemingly innocent demon, he learns the Circle's agenda has changed: the Circle plans to unlock a portal and unleash pure-blood demons into the world. 

Vowing to stop them, and knowing he can't do it alone, Chase forms a reluctant alliance with Rayna - a sexy witch with an attitude and a secret. In their attempt to stop them however, Chase and Rayna find themselves in the middle of the Circle's plan, leaving one of them to decide what their friendship is worth, and the other's life depending on it.


Excerpt:
I’d had several jobs in the past year. This one I’d managed to keep for a few months. Most of my employers frowned on me coming to work with cuts and bruises all the time. It made for “poor presentation,” they’d say. I was thankful it hadn’t interfered with this job, yet.
I finished up my shift and had started my walk home from the burger joint when I felt it. A hunter doesn’t mistake the feeling that demons are around. It moves down your spine and chills your bones. Feeling it proved I was indeed a hunter, even without an element.
The August air was warm for the late hour, and a thick layer of sweat made my white shirt cling to me. I stopped and unzipped my duffle bag, locating the silver dagger inside. Silver was great no matter what you were fighting; it could do serious damage to anything of the Underworld.
The tingle shot down my spine again. If I focused, I could feel each hair on my neck rise. I saw a blur of movement across the street and watched it disappear into a shadowy alley. I moved across the street in a low crouch, resting my weight on the balls of my feet. I slowed my breathing and pulled the dagger from my bag before I slipped around the corner.
My senses were alive and strained to see movement, or hear the sound of feet shuffling against loose rocks. As a hunter, I could see well in the dark, though the only light came from a single flickering street lamp.
I was almost to the end of the alley when it hit. I couldn’t tell what “it” was, but it struck my back and launched me forward. My feet tumbled over my head and my back smashed hard into the concrete wall at the end of the alley. Hands grabbed me and lifted me to my feet, dragging me a few steps before throwing me back the other way. I flew through the air, hit the ground and rolled out into the street.
I used my momentum and came up on one knee to recover. My back burned where pavement had grated the skin off, but I pushed the pain aside as the figure stalked towards me.
“Your death will bring me great glory, hunter. Killing the son of Riley Williams will make me a legend among the Underworld,” the low voice gloated.
“That’s really great, good luck with that,” I said.
He smiled and the fangs that slid down from his gums were long and sharp. His pale skin started to thin as the vampire changed into his demon form.
Milky skin faded into transparent flesh, revealing the moving muscles beneath. Veins ran black through the vampire’s face and limbs, pushing against the thinning clear skin. Strange muscles in his hands pushed bony talons out over his finger nails, and the whites of his eyes disappeared, filling with an inky blackness. The dark orbs stared at me as his fanged mouth curled into a smile, and in a blur he sprang forward, talons swinging.
I ducked as they sliced through the air over my head. I brought the knife up into his stomach and twisted the blade before I pulled it out. Blood spilled onto the ground, but I knew the wound wasn’t enough to kill him. Cut off his head or pierce his black heart – those were my options. I could light him on fire, but I was fresh out of matches.
I brought my foot up and kicked the vampire back to give myself some room. I steadied myself, waiting for him to charge, but his body jerked and the point of a silver blade appeared in his chest before he could move.
The vamp’s body went limp and collapsed, then exploded in a flash of orange light. It burned away into a cloud of ash and littered the pavement, revealing the girl – of all things – who had beaten me to the kill.
Raven hair spilled over her pale shoulders with hints of red highlighting the occasional strand. A tight leather top revealed a sliver of toned stomach and a tease of cleavage. Black pants hugged her hips and long slender legs and met knee-high boots. Her skin glistened in the light, but the most noticeable of her features were her eyes.
Bright green orbs sparkled with an odd glow: demon’s eyes. They had the slit pupils of a cat that I’d never seen on anything other than a house pet or a shifter in animal form. I slipped back into fight mode. I’d never watched one demon kill another, but I suppose for the fame of killing me, why not?
I lunged and threw a punch at her face, but she dodged it with ease.
“You almost messed up my kill,” she snarled, and I had barely enough time to dodge her powerful kick.
“Your kill? You stole it from me!” I swung my fist and hit her stomach. She bent over, winded, before she stepped back and caught her breath, regaining her stance and composure.
“Stole it? Please, I’d been tracking him for blocks.” She spun and caught my chin with the heel of her boot, snapping my head to the side. I rubbed my jaw where she’d hit me and smiled.
“Well then, I guess it’s a good thing I was here to slow him down. Who knows if you would have been able to catch him?”
She moved in for another kick but I was ready. I grabbed her foot and pushed her back. She fell to the ground but quickly came to her feet. “I would have gotten him just fine on my own. Hunting is an art. It would’ve gone on as long as I deemed necessary.”
“Call it hunting if you want, but a filthy demon killing her own kind is still just that: a filthy demon.” I could tell I’d offended her even before she hit me.
My eyes watered when her fist smashed into my nose and her foot connected with my stomach in quick succession. I jerked back to avoid the knee that flew towards my face and pushed it to the side, but she was already moving towards me. Her hands hit my chest hard and I soared through the air for a long moment before I hit the ground. I felt a sharp pain shoot up through my spine and I could hear her laughter as I struggled to my feet.
“I have to admit I expected more from you, Chase, being the infamous son of Riley Williams and all.”
I gripped my dagger until my knuckles turned white and spoke through gritted teeth. “I’ll try not to disappoint.”
My fist hit her jawbone and made a loud crack. I came back with my other hand and wrapped it around her throat. I stepped into the movement and threw her forward in a burst of hunter’s strength. She slammed into the ground but recovered faster than I anticipated. Before I could brace myself she was on top of me.
I pulled her body down and we rolled over each other against the cold concrete until I was on top. I kept a handful of her hair wound tight in my fist and pushed my blade against her throat. “More what you expected?”
“Not really.” She smirked.
I felt the point of a knife pushing against my stomach. Before I could react, a commanding male voice came from behind us.
“Enough!” it boomed.
I didn’t take the knife or my eyes off the demon beneath me.
“But we were just starting to have fun,” she complained. The smile on her face was anything but threatening. If this was her idea of fun, I didn’t want to know what she considered boring.
“Rayna, enough,” the man repeated.
She sighed, sticking out her bottom lip in a pout before the knife left my skin. “Truce?” she said with an innocent face.
“Not a chance,” I replied, pushing the knife harder against her throat.
I was pulled away from Rayna and pressed against a wall, thick hands around my throat. I raised my blade but my opponent blocked and twisted my arm at an awkward angle. The man ripped the blade from my hand and I squirmed.
“Calm down, Chase. We are not here to hurt you,” the voice said. A complete shadow hung around the figure, moving as he moved.
“So she attacked me for fun?” I snapped.
“If we wanted you dead, you would be,” he said, releasing his grip, and I fell to the sidewalk. He stepped back slowly and the shadow peeled itself from his body. As it faded, it revealed a large man whose magic I’d never sensed before.
“If you don’t want to kill me, what do you want?” I asked.
The man reached forward, a large dark arm holding out my dagger. I wrapped my hand around it in confusion. The contrast of our skin was drastic; my pale flesh glowed against his midnight color and the size of his hand alone made me feel small.
“What Rayna told you was true. We were tracking the vampire, not you. Although I’m happy to finally meet you, I’d imagined this moment under different circumstances,” he said.
“There are ways to meet people besides attacking them.”
“I agree. You must forgive us; Rayna is quick to lash out when insulted.” My eyes met his and I couldn’t read his expression. I knew I hadn’t been polite, but I wasn’t about to apologize to a demon. “You know, your father would not have hesitated to kill her, no matter his position.”
“Congratulations, you’ve discovered I’m not my father. What the hell would you know about him anyways?”
He turned his head to the side and as the light hit his neck it revealed a tattoo. It was the one every hunter received after their ceremony. The one I never got.
The tattoo made me realize why he could bend the shadows; he was an air elemental and a powerful one at that. I had heard stories of hunters being able to work with shadows, but I’d never seen it done firsthand.
I looked him over, not sure what to think of a hunter working with a demon. He was taller than me by an inch, around six-foot three. His head was smooth shaven, though there was a small patch of hair under his lower lip. His skin seemed like a smooth dark chocolate. His body was large and square, broad shoulders making him a massive column of strength and power. He filled out a sharp black suit jacket and wore black loafers, leaving the only color on him a flash of bright blue dress shirt.
“You’re a hunter.”
“Once upon a time, yes I was.”
He broke eye contact and cleared his throat, extending his massive hand towards me. “Look at my manners. Let me introduce myself. I am Marcus Starkraven.”
My eyebrows shot up; I knew that name! “You’re supposed to be dead.”
“Is that what you heard?”
“You used to hunt with my father.”
He nodded slightly, but otherwise ignored the comment. “You already met Rayna,” he said, taking his unshaken hand back.
I looked at Rayna and got caught in the depths of her green, slit eyes.
“What are you doing with a demon?” I said, spitting out the last word like a curse.
“How’s your nose?” Rayna asked.
I touched it and looked at the blood on my fingers. “Lucky shot.”
She chuckled and stepped towards me. “Care to go again?” Marcus put an arm in front of her.
“Not what we’re doing right now,” he said.
“You didn’t answer my question.”
“She is my student. And my friend.”
I couldn’t respond. I didn’t believe it. A hunter being friends with a demon was unfathomable.
“I would have thought, being out in the real world, you’d have come to understand, Chase. Some Underworlders don’t fit the Circle’s black and white image of good and evil,” he said.
“The only Underworlders I’ve come across have tried to kill me.”
“Your name is feared by many in the Underworld. Your father has created quite the reputation for himself, so they fear you as well,” Marcus said.
I smirked. “As they should.”
He shook his head. “That wasn’t a compliment.






M.R. Merrick is a Canadian writer and author of The Protector Series, a Young Adult mash-up between Urban and Epic Fantasy. Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands through his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and proud breakfast enthusiast, he’s usually found at the computer between a pair of headphones and in front of a large bowl of cereal.




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108 comments:

nurmawati djuhawan said...

thx 4 the giveaway :)

Kristie Matheson said...

Yay! I like book giveaways :D

Nicole Mainardi said...

I definitely need to start this series! I have the first book so hopefully I'll get to it soon :)

Jana said...

Sounds good! I had not hear of these books before now. :) Thanks for telling me about them! :)

- Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

Angie F said...

I've been seeing a TON of praise for this author, and I ended up grabbing Exiled while it was free. It definitely sounds like a good read, so maybe I'll get to it soon. I'll definitely get to it sooner if I win the sequel though!

Mary Preston said...

Demons, magic & witch - yes please!! These books look amazing.

Felicia said...

I've never seen this book before. Sounds like an interesting read. Will definitely have to check it out. Thanks for bringing it to my attention :)

Jenavi said...

I love books with witches! Sounds intriguing :)

I Talk Books! said...

Oh the excerpt sounds so interesting. I have heard a lot of good things about this book. Thanks for the Giveaway! :D

princesshoran said...

I always love your reviews so much! I will definitely add exiled to my to-read list.

BookmarkBelles said...

This book sounds awesome

The Lovely Getaway said...

Never heard of this one, sounds good. Will keep an eye out! thanks for the chance to win!

Diana

Aliaa El-Nashar said...

Never heard of this series, but it sounds really interesting and I love Exiled's cover!

Mariki93 said...

I've never heard of this series.....it seems to be very interesting!!

mckaykelly said...

I actually just downloaded a kindle copy of Exiled, so ill definitely be reading soon!

Luc said...

I love this book. Thanks for the giveaway :)

Coral Black said...

I've never seen this book before. Sounds good. I love books with magic and witch. :)

Sarah Madan said...

Never heard of those, would love to read them tho, they seem interesting!

Diletta Dike Brizzi said...

Thank you for this lovely giveaway!!

Sofia Lazaridou said...

Thank you so much for this giveaway

~Jennifer~ said...

I recently bought Exiled and would love to win a signed copy of this next book in the series! I've read several reviews for this series, and they've all been super positive. :D

Elizabeth (The Back-Porch Reader) said...

These books sound intriguing. Will have to keep an eye out for them.

Gorelenore said...

I love these covers, so macabre! Thanks for the promo and the giveaway!

Amy said...

This is one of my favorite series! I am so looking forward to reading Release!! I'm so excited to be part of the tour too!!

Ash said...

Thanks for the great, great giveaway. I really do hope I win.

Sušíí said...

My to-read list is bigger and bigger, thank you ;)

Bunny said...

Sound's awesome! Thanks for the giveaway! :D

Lori M. Lee said...

I keep hearing awesome things about this book series. I'll admit the covers don't do anything for me, but I'm intrigued enough by the blurb that I would want to pick this up and find out what it's all about.

Sofia Matias said...

By the blurb it looks like a really great book!

May said...

Sounds like a great book! Love to read it!

Filia Oktarina said...

I've never seen this book before. Sounds like an interesting read.
Thanks for giveaway :)

Tore said...

I would love to read this series. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Books Glorious Books said...

I really like these covers - especially the first

Jennifer said...

Sounds like interesting books. The covers are very unique. Thanks.

Bianca said...

I have Exiled on my Kindle App for my phone. I always read great things about it. I really need to find time t read it.

Holly Bryan said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I'm a huge fan of MR Merrick :) I'd absolutely love to win one of these. The excerpt was awesome - thanks!

Samantha Stewart said...

I downloaded Exiled for my Kindle the other day and I can't wait to read it! :D

Kimberly Barban said...

Haven't heard of this before. They sounds really interesting and both covers are gorgeous. I can't wait to read them.

Barbara E. said...

I enjoyed the excerpt, I'm glad to have seen this on your blog because I hadn't heard of these books before.

Rima said...

Sounds pretty interesting! Thanks for the giveaway.

Sai Phero said...

Sounds interesting. I read just a couple of books about witches before.

Lisa Vazquezanzua said...

This book actually sounds really good. This is something that I would read and I will being adding to my to read list!

KtTurner said...

This series is fantastic. I can't wait to read Release. :)

K . R . Guidera said...

Looks pretty awesome! :D

Karina A. said...

It has an interesting storyline. The excerpt was good! Intriguing indeed!

Evie said...

I have the first book in the series on my TBR pile. The story seems so intriguing! I can't wait to read it :)

TayteH said...

OKay, sounds amazing. Guess I should get around to it sometime. :D Rayna sounds awesome. :D

Julie S said...

Great excerpt. Thanks for the post!

Pop Andreea said...

Never heard of the book before. Thanks for posting about it! It seems interesting :)

MarleneC said...

sounds amazing! Hope they come soon to Venezuela! Thanks for the giveaway!

erin said...

Thanks for the fantastic post and giveaway!

Nedraw said...

Thanks for highlighting this series. I'm always looking for new ones. Will definitely be picking these up.

Watch me Read! said...

I have had this on my to read forever!!! Love the giveaway

Megan Reti said...

I'm super excited to start Release. It's on my kindle, just calling to me!

Lyra said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I've this on my TBR list since forever!

Martina Koleva said...

I haven't had the chance to read Exile yet but I really like the sound of both books. I loved the excerpt. Great giveaway!

Steph said...

I've heard great things about this series! I'm participating in the Release tour, so I have to hurry up and read both Exiled and Shift before the tour starts!!

Christine said...

I've had Exiled on my TBR list for a while, think I should move it up to the top now. Thanks for the great giveaway!! :)

Daniela said...

I'm itching to read these books! They both sound soooo good! :)

Jessica Noreault said...

The series looks really good! Might check it out when I have some extra cash to buy with again.

Proserpine said...

Hi! Thanks for this chance! I read this series and it's really good! I would love to have it in paperback :P

Katy said...

Thanks for the giveaway :D !

Cass (Words on Paper) said...

Sounds good! Looks like I'm going to have to add this one to the wishlist. ;)

aparajita said...

interesting book! i just might check it out around the holidays

Roxana Zuziac said...

I've never read these books before, but now I'll do it. Thank you for the excerpt!

Genevieve Graham said...

Love those Canadian authors! Looks good.

the_bosix said...

I`d really love to read this book, it`s been sitting on my TBR shelf for awhile, so I guess I should get started :)

Vicky @ Books, Biscuits, and Tea said...

Thank you so much for the giveaway and the excerpt! :)

Gabby M. said...

I've never heard of this, but it looks awesome. Thanks for such an awesome Giveaway.

Shalena @ Writer Quirk said...

I had heard of Merrick but never exactly what Exiled (and the series) was about. Sounds right up my alley so I'm glad you posted this! ^_^

littlebookstar said...

Wow the covers are really attractive and the story is too!
-
Leigh
Little Book Star

Amber Hsu said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Nana said...

OMG Awesome covers especially Shift. And the story seems so interesting!! Wanna read them!

Hanindha Pradipa said...

thanks for the giveaway :)

Biondy said...

seems like a good read :)

Sarah Elizabeth said...

I think I have a copy of exhiled - just need to get round to reading it! Thanks for the chance to win Shift! :)

Stephanie said...

It really sound great!! It goes into my TBR

Kai said...

Wonderful excerpt. Glad that I have stopped by.

NatashaMay said...

The excerpt really pulled me in. This sounds like a fab read. :)

Michelle Sedeño said...

Sounds really great!

Erleen Alvarez said...

This sounds like an awesome read! :)
Thanks for making this giveaway, international!

Ruby said...

Sounds very interesting. And it's been a while since I've read an entire book told from a male's POV. I think I'll have to push this book up on my TBR pile :D

Thanks for making the giveaway international!

Goodnight Carolina said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!

Cassi said...

Oh. I love the excerpt.
Thanks!!

Suz said...

This book looks amazing! It sounds so original and I love books with magic! Thanks for this giveaway - I would love to win!

Suz Reads

Emily said...

This looks amazing, thanks!

Lilian S said...

This book interesting me.
thanks for the chance to win

Cassandra! :D said...

I love stuff like this! :)

siriusyareader said...

This is an amazing book! It sounds so cool and has a kick ass heroine. Thanks for the giveaway!.Devoured by Books I'm definitely a new follower now :)

Holly Letson said...

Sounds like an interesting series.

teddy said...

Seems like an interesting book.

Josette said...

Nice cover! I would love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

It sounds like a different take on Demon Hunters and such, I am definitely intrigued! Thanks for the giveaway.

Melody said...

I'm planning to read this for a long time already. I think you just made me read it when I will get my new kindle! Thank you Evie. <3

trayche said...

I LOVE the covers of the books!! :) Thanks for the giveaway

Rachel V said...

I have wanted to read this series for quite some time. I can't wait. Thanks for the giveaway.

Dovile said...

The plot sounds quite intriguing, and I liked the excerpt, so now I'd really like to read it.

Nuzaifa said...

Loved the excerpt!Rayna and Chase sound like kick-ass characters! :D
Added the book to my TBR list.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Book Whales said...

This is my first time to see this book. I like the blurb, it sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win

-Dannielle

Lindy Gomez said...

I cant wait to begin this series! I've read great things about it from the bloggers that I follow, and I love the book cover designs! Chase and Rayna sound like interesting characters and I love paranormal books about demons and demon hunters. I wonder why chase didn't come into his powers from his bloodline, and why the circle wants to open the portal and release demons. Sounds very interesting!!!

Keke said...

Great exerpt. I've been away from paranormal books actually, but I think it's time to start again. thanks.

Fernanda Mendonça said...

First time hearing about this book, but sounds nice!

Jessica R said...

I've heard so much about these books lately! The excerpt sounds great; I might just have to give them a try! Plus, a Canadian author is always good in my books :)

Ciocârlica. said...

I've been hearing of this book for some time now. I think I'll probably finally give it a shot.

SarahO said...

I don't often read books with male protagonists, not purposely though. I'll read anything that's good of course. These books do sound pretty good actually, I may have to check them out in whichever format they come in (I assume e-book)

Kirsten! said...

Ooh, these sound interesting. I'll definitely be keeping my eye on them.

Angelica Joy said...

Thanks for the fantastic giveaway! Love the covers!!!

Sara Murguia said...

Thhe books sound really awesome!!! I would love to read them... Btw thanks for the giveaway!!!

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