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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Foresight by Erika M. Szabo (Tour Review + Giveaway)

Paranormal,  Romance
Publication Date:November 16,2013
Published By:  Golden Box Books
WebsiteForesight on Goodreads

Erika M. Szabo Website
My review copy: ecopy provided for honest review in tour

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FORESIGHT, part one of the Guarded Secrets series Ilona has been in love with her unsuspecting best friend, when a dashing stranger explodes into her life. The sudden magnetic feeling frightens her. Will he break her heart, or will he bring true happiness? A sinister dark man appears, Ilona connects his presence with the series of mysterious deaths around her. She is an emergency room doctor, born into an ancient tribe which still exists hidden amongst us with its fiercely enforced rules. She doesn’t know much about her heritage besides legends and rituals that she continues out of respect for her parents. She begins to remember the forgotten instructions concealed as rhymes her mother was teaching her since she was a small child and discovers that she can rearrange the human body to its healthy state. This ability is exciting as well as frightening. She is conflicted between having confidence in her intelligence and inherited abilities while having no confidence as a woman. Her insecurity created barriers which keep others out, and I also keep her caged in. She has been evacuated from her easy and steady life, and is forced to face the unknown.

  Interesting Concept

  Starting this read I was undeniably interested in the concept of just the name Hun.  We know the stories of Attila the Hun and I was curious to see where the author took this.  Turns out it has nothing to do with that Hun, or at least not yet.  Of course this is a paranormal read, but it is always interesting to hear a new take on different beliefs.  Szabo, did a wonderful job of doing just this and really did capture my attentions with the concept of Huns and unique abilities. 

  I can't stress enough that I loved the Hun world that was built in this book.  It was intelligent, creative and unique.  I was intrigued by this group of people that can recognize another Hun by not only a common mark that they all have but occasionally just by looking.  There is also teachings from their own legends, and little bits of their own language throughout. The only thing that took away from the experience for me was the constant "you will know when you are ready."  The more it happened the less I cared.  This being said it is not that it made me care less about the story but more it made me care less about the questions being asked.  There is a breaking point even for Ilona, and with it comes a lot of change.

  I liked Ilona to start.  There is no doubt that she is strong and loving but she is always down on herself.  She is a successful woman but doesn't really see herself as a big deal, despite her young age and all that she has accomplished.   Although Ilona is a success, she is a private person.  Even the people around her know very little about her beyond the fact that she is a great doctor.  This does not however bother Ilona, and for the most part she is content with her life the way it is.  That is, she is content with everything except the fact that she can't get answers.  This inability, is the breaking point for the woman who seems to have endless calm.  I could really appreciate this character for this because I seriously sympathized.

  The romance in this one confused me.  It is one of those reads where you are never quite sure if there is a triangle or not.  Bela has been her best friend fr years and though she is attracted to him and wishes there to be more he says they are just friends.  However, he seems like he wants more.  I believe if he was honest with her they would already be happy...but sadly he can't be and they are not.  Enter Zoltan.  He is definitely easy on the eyes and is also attracted to Ilona but they don't feel as easy as Bela and Ilona.  Sure they can talk and Ilona feels like she can talk to him but I can't shake the feeling that these two are just not meant to be.  Regardless, the romance does not play off like a high school drama and is executed well.

  Foresight captured my attention and I will continue on with the next book, because the author has done such an outstanding job creating this unique world.  The ending had me sitting on the edge of my seat and there were a few twists and a cliff hanger at the end.  I honestly can't think of something to compare this read to but would recommend it to anyone looking for something fresh and fun.

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About the Author

I love to read magical realism/fantasy stories. About two years ago, on a rainy afternoon, I wanted to snuggle up on the couch to read, but I didn’t have any new books.
I voiced my disappointment, while browsed my numerous bookshelves.
My daughter had enough after a while and said, “Mom, stop whining! If you don’t have a book to read, then write one.”
She surprised me with her statement, but I took her advice, sat down and started writing my Guarded Secrets series.



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