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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Book Review + Author Interview: Splintered Souls by Erica Lucke Dean

Genre:
Fantasy
Publication.Date  Sept 22nd 2015
Pages:250
Published By:  Red Adept Publishing, LLC
AuthorErica Lucke Dean

Splintered Souls Goodreads
My review copy:From the author in exchange for an honest review


Where to get:
http://www.amazon.com/Splintered-Souls-Flames-Time-Book-ebook/dp/B0151TVE4K 
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/splintered-souls-erica-lucke-dean/1122673912


When Ava Flynn walks away from a scholarship to Georgetown and moves into her grandmother’s abandoned summer home in coastal Maine, she steps into the center of a centuries-old curse. On her first night, she notices a mysterious leather-clad stranger looking up at her third-story window. For weeks, everywhere she goes, Ava catches more glimpses of him, but she can never get close enough to find out who he is.

Over three hundred years ago, Lady Catherine Fairchild risked everything to protect her unborn child, sending a ripple through time that would change Ava’s future. As the mystery unravels, the horrifying consequences of Lady Catherine’s choices drag Ava deeper into a world she never knew existed, trapping her in a conflict that’s been raging since before she was born. A winner-take-all battle for her soul.

No matter where I was, he was there, sitting off to the side, setting my skin on fire with the intensity of his stare. I could feel his eyes roaming over me the entire time. Rationally, I knew his unparalleled stalker skills should have freaked me out, but the inexplicable pull I felt toward him took precedence.    
It would figure, just when something in my life started to go right, my boyfriends' twin brother would waltz into town to mess things up. Laith was like a category five hurricane, blowing into shore and battering everything in his path into a pile of rubble.


Erica Lucke Dean DOES NOT disappoint us in her new novel "Splintered Souls." With an abrupt and intriguing opening scene, you are transported immediately in this fantasy world of Ava and Maddox. There is romance, suspense and mind blowing excitement all the way through this book. I literally can not come up with enough things to say to get you to pick up this book!!! I promise if you are a first time reader of this author, you will become a fan. If you've read her books before, then you know Erica is a eclectic writer.

This story begins as Lady Catherine Fairchild risking absolutely everything to protect her unborn child, Ava. Catherine was warned by the witch that she could face devastating consequences for her actions but Lady Catherine did not seem to care. Her changes sent a ripple through time that would change Ava’s future for worse or for better.

Then we are sent forward in time to Ava just starting out in a new town at a new school due to her father passing away. Ava feels the need to take care of her mother so she decides to stay home and go to the local college. Almost immediately when they arrive, Ava starts seeing flashes of this interesting new guy. For some reason, she feels like she is the only one who sees him. This is so exciting and I couldn't stop reading at all.

All the characters in "Splintered Souls" are crucial to Ava's story and very well delivered. Ava's younger brother is a pain in the ass but I still loved their witty banter.

As the book goes on we are given more and more details about what happened in the past to connect Ava with this mysterious hottie. Towards the middle it starts to get really interesting and you are just not sure which end is up but in a GREAT way. I found myself changing my mind over and over again and then changing it again. I will say you never seeing the ending coming and I'm so excited that this is just the start of Erica's new series and there is more to come from Ava and her mystery man.

You simply MUST read this book. You'll find yourself falling in love with Erica and her writing.

Author Interview:

Physical book or e-book? I love the feel of a real book, but I can take e-books everywhere I go. So I pick e-book.

Audio or book in hand? I like to read them first, and if I love the book, I’ll get the audio version to listen to it again.

Paperback or hardcover? For my personal collection, I always go for the hardcover when available.

Adult or Young Adult? It’s all good, but right now, I tend to seek out YA titles.

Series or standalone? I love a good series.

Breaking the spine or barely opening the book? I’ve broken the spines of many a good book.

Borrow or buy? Buy.

Bookstore or online? I love wandering around a bookstore, but I end up buying most of my books online.

Fiction or non-fiction? Fiction, fiction, fiction.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book was actually my third published book, and it was inspired by a brown paper grocery bag of Harlequin Romances my mother had stashed in her room. About 15 years ago, I spent a long two weeks at her house over the summer, and I think I devoured half the bag in that time. After that, I went home and wrote the first draft of what became Craving Caine.

What book are you reading now?

I’m actually in the middle of writing the next in the Flames of Time series, so I’m avoiding any books until I get through it. If I was reading something, it would be the newest Jennifer Armentrout book.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I’m one of those people who doesn’t have a favorite song, a favorite movie, or a favorite author. I love them all, so I can’t pick just one. When I’m reading, I tend to read a book a night, so I’ll read almost anything I can get my hands on.

What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing your books to life? 

My biggest challenge seems to be staying off the internet while I should be writing. Though in Splintered Souls, I did have to do a lot of historical research. And for the next one in the series, I have to do even more! But I have to say, I’m having a blast jumping through time with these characters, and I don’t know how I’ll say goodbye to them when I get to the end.



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