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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Blog Tour Stop & Giveaway - The Willows: Haven by Hope Collier

Today I have the great honor of being the next-to-last stop on Hope Collier's blog tour for her debut YA novel The Willows: Haven.  The cover alone is awesome, but toss in a cross-country road trip and some mythological heritage and you've got the makings of a great novel!

When tragedy strikes, seventeen year-old Ashton Blake sets out on a cross-country road trip, leaving the comforts of Malibu for the mountains of Kentucky. Along the way, she encounters Gabe Willoughby—the mysterious drifter with eyes like the sea and a knowing smile. Getting to know Gabe raises questions about her past. But no secret can be buried forever, and Ashton soon finders herself in a world where water is air and myth becomes reality. 

Just as Ashton comes to accept her newfound heritage, she’s summoned to fulfill a treaty laid down centuries before — a treaty that will divide her love and test her loyalty. In the end, her future isn’t her biggest concern, her humanity is. To run may mean war, but is she strong enough to stay?

Hope is a gifted author.  A great part of the story is spent on the road trip, with Ashton really finding herself and truly falling in love for the first time.  While a spoiled rich girl may not be the first character most of us would naturally connect with, Hope makes Ashton instantly lovable. And Gabe is just plain dreamy -- although post-Twilight I'm more sensitive to the fact that it's weird that he's actually far older than he looks (but NO - he's NOT a vampire).  Putting that aside though, I was rooting for the two of them to connect.

And when they do, some of the scenes are downright steamy. Like toe-curling, put me in a cold shower steamy.  But no worries parents, the intensity between the characters may be HOT, but they never get too far -- classic YA frustration!

 Since I'm trying not to include any spoilers, let me just say that the Treaty referenced in the book description made me so furious.  I was proud of Ashton for seeing that her choices were bigger than she was and had far-reaching implications.  I just wished there was one character in particular that didn't have to get hurt in the process of Ashton's decision-making.  That's as much as I can say without giving anything away -- and yes, I know not everything can work out perfectly in life -- but that was the only part that felt a little off to me.

Otherwise, I really loved this novel and would definitely recommend it.  It was a quick, entertaining read and you'll have no doubt that you're in the hands of a very gifted author as soon as you dive in.  To pick up your copy for only $2.99, head to Amazon.

And to learn more about Hope and her writing, please visit her blog and website or find her on twitter.

BONUS: Everyone who leaves a comment on the blog will be entered to win a free e-copy of The Willows: Haven.  Be sure to include your e-mail addy so we know how to find you. ;)
And swing in to the last tour stop tomorrow at A Tale of Many Reviews to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of the novel and some swag.

To check out the earlier tour stops for other reviews, excerpts, character and author interviews and more, you can visit the following blogs (blogs without an event next to them are reviews):

09/01/11 The Wormhole Interview
09/02/11 Me My Shelf and I  
09/03/11 Writing Crazy Me  
09/04/11 Stuck In Books Excerpt
09/05/11 Books Over Boys  
09/06/11 Mocha Latte Reads Character interview with Gabe
09/08/11 Two Readers Review  
09/09/11 Bookwork Lisa  
09/10/11 We Fancy Books  
09/11/11 A Tale of Many Reviews  
09/12/11 A Casual Reader's Blog  
09/13/11 Songs and Stories  
09/14/11 Fantasy Fairy  
09/15/11 Booc Looks  
09/16/11 The Light of Asteria Guest Post
09/17/11 SpadesHighReads  
09/18/11 Cicis Theories  
09/19/11 Literature Monsters  
09/20/11 Letters Inside Out excerpt
09/21/11 A Written Rhapsody  
09/22/11 aoBibliophere  
09/23/11 Book By Book Review  
09/25/11 YA Bound Character interview with Ash
09/26/11 Young Readers Excerpt
09/27/11 The Ending Unplanned  
09/28/11 Meghann Daugherty  
09/29/11 Alison Hess  
09/30/11 Megan Curd Guest Post
10/01/11 Cup of Tea Reviews  
10/02/11 Charissa Weaks  
10/03/11 The Awesome Magic Attic  
10/04/11 Tori Scott  
10/05/11 Jessie Harrell  
10/06/11 A Tale of Many Reviews Video interview with author


Kelly Hashway said...

This sounds great. Please enter me. :)


cleemckenzie said...

You're right about the cover; it's compelling, and your comments about the story have me very interesting. I'd love to read this. Sign me up!


E said...

I always add all the books you recommend to my must read list..this one has floated to the top! It sounds amazing and the cover is alluring. I would love to read it. Please sign me up! =)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for participating! I think I know who's team your on concerning Ashton too. haha ;)

Beth said...

This book sounds amazing.

Ryssi said...

Sign me up, girl!

Ryssi @ Princess Pandory's Readings


Jessie Harrell said...

NO MORE ENTRIES! The winner is Ryssi at Princess Pandory's Readings. Thanks to everyone who dropped by and entered. And remember, just because you didn't win, doesn't mean you can't read it. Go forth and purchase it now!!

Melinda said...

This does sound like a great book! Awesome giveaway and congrats to Ryssi!

I wanted to stop by after winning the contest on Ebyss's blog. Wanted to say thanks and look forward to hearing from you.

Lovin your blog. :)


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