Monday, December 3, 2012

~Book Review and Giveaway: Dark Seraphine by Kasonndra Leigh~

 Dark Seraphine
Kasonndra Leigh
230 pages
Published by Createspace
"Mom always says the angels walk among
us. She forgot to tell me that sometimes they're not all fluffy and nice."

Seventeen-year-old Caleb
Wood has seen people he calls the walkers since he was a baby. It didn't take
long for him to realize something…no one can see these strangers but him. They
never stuck around or tried to touch him. And they never said a word. That was
until one day on the first day of class in his senior year when an incredibly
gorgeous girl strolls into his life…and things are never the same again.

     Soon Caleb realizes he has stepped into the middle of a
growing conflict between two ancient groups. And his ability to see the
invisible ones, the half-breeds that want to modify the human race, just might
be the only hope both he and the mysterious, but infuriating Gia have of making
it out alive.

 ~Thank you Caleb for stopping by today and sharing an excerpt with your fans~
“So it’s like this,” Kyle said, “Caleb and I are on a team. You and the mouth over there are on the second one. First dude to reach the reef tags his partner.”

“Deal,” Ethan said, meeting Kyle’s gaze with a knowing look. Right, so that did it. A lot of stuff was happening that I obviously didn’t know about. I intended to find out what that was before I headed out into the ocean again.

“Alright, stop! Hold up. What’s going on here?” I asked Kyle who had a murderous look on his face as he stared at Ethan.

“Whoa! That’s kinda rude, dude. How could you not tell your butt-buddy about what happened between me and your girl?” Ethan teased, a smile spreading across his face. Kyle clenched his fists and his body shivered.

Oh snap!
Now, I understood Kyle’s rage. Shani cheated on him with Ethan.

“Please don’t do this, Kyle. It’s too dangerous,” Shani pleaded. “He doesn’t mean anything to me. He never did.” She narrowed her eyes at Ethan. Oh boy. I missed out on everything.

“Sweet. You didn’t seem all distracted this way when you were calling out my name a few months ago,” Ethan cooed.

“Shut up, Ethan,” Shani hissed.

Kyle started toward him. I moved in his way and held him back. “Save it for the waves, man. Let his skills make up for that mouth.”

At this point I knew the choice was no longer mine. For Kyle, this whole deal had turned into a rescue operation, the kind that saved your face after experiencing something humiliating like what Shani just confessed.

For me it was just plain suicide.

Crazy mission or not, I was going to have to ride the waves with my friend.

 ~Thank you so much Kyle Wilkinson for stopping by today for an interview~


What’s your favorite color?
I would say the default color. You know, blue, the one that all guys like to say. But I like purple. Don’t be laughing at me either. There’s nothing wrong with liking purple. It was the color that kings wore back in the day, remember?

What type of vehicle do you drive?
A black Mustang. I have a picture of it if you wanna see it. I just bought a set of sweet black rims to go along with it.

Describe yourself to me.
Tall, dark and handsome of course. **dimple grin**

How would your mate describe you?
Smooth, sexy, and someone who really knows how to make her go…eh-em. Okay. Let me be serious. She’d probably say I was a little annoying, but loyal in the end.

What really moves you, or touches you to the soul?
Aw man. Come on, that’s like a trick question for a dude. Besides, I’m only 16. I don’t think you really wanna hear about what touches my soul. **waggles his eyebrows**

What's the one thing you have always wanted to do but couldn't? What would happen if you did do it?
You’re killing me with these questions. But this is a whole lot better than that soul question. I want to bungie jump. But not just a regular jump, nah. I want to do something crazy like bounce off the Empire State Building. Two guesses on what’ll happen after I do that, right? **umm, yeah**

Describe your ideal mate.
 Gorgeous, long-legged. I got this thing for redheads, but my girlfriend is hardly that. I guess you wanna hear about something deeper than looks, huh? Umm, hm. Well, she needs to be smart. My girl, Shani, is super smart. She’s going to be an English professor and that’s about as smart as it gets, right?

What are you most afraid of?
Mice. Don’t even ask. What guy isn’t?

What's the most important thing in your life?
Aw, come on. Didn’t you see my excellent answer to that ideal mate question?

What do you consider your special talent?
My K-9 treatments. You’re probably saying: “What the freak is that?” Right? It’s advice that I give my closest friends. You know, that embarrassing kinda stuff you wouldn’t tell a flea? That would be what those are.

How did you meet the hero/heroine?
Hey! As far as I’m concerned, I am the hero of this story. But Caleb might feel differently. He did save me from that thing in the water. Man, it was something that looked like a little kid with shark teeth. Freaky!

Was it love at first sight or did it develop slowly?
Again, I’m only 16. So, I’m not sure that I believe in all of that love stuff yet.

What did you like/dislike about him/her when you first met?
I disliked everything about Caleb. He can be a real smart a**. Sorry, didn’t mean to curse. But he’s cool no, though. Besides, he’s too love-struck to act any other way. **dimple grins again**

If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?
Three meals a day, a mint collection of surf boards, and another thing that I just won’t even mention on here, okay? :D

Thanks so much for stopping by today Kyle. You seem like a really fun person.
Kyle: And thanks to you for having me on your blog today. I’ll come back and chat anytime you like. You can check out some pictures of my boards here:

KaSonndra Leigh was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. She now lives
in the City of Alchemy and Medicine, North Carolina. She likes to
write about people doing fantastical things in magical worlds. Her two
sons have made her promise to write a boy book next.

She holds the MFA in creative writing, and loves to play CLUE,
Monopoly (the Indiana Jones version), and Pandora's Box (good writer's
block therapy). She lives in an L-shaped house with a garden dedicated
to her grandmother. It has a secret library complete with fairies,
Venetian plastered walls, and a desk made out of clear blue glass.

My Review
When I first started reading this book I was unsure of how I would like it.  The storyline was different.  The characters are different.  As I continued reading I came to see what a fresh, new and unusual story this is.  Kasondra Leigh has really outdone herself with this book.  It is one of the best that I have read in a long time in this genre.  And look at that cover!  Isn't it gorgeous!?  I love it!
The story takes place in small town New Bern, North Carolina.  A nice and normal coastal setting.  Looks can be deceiving!  Caleb is our seventeen year old main character with an unusual ability.  He can see walkers, at least that is what he calls them.  He has had this special ability since he almost drown in the ocean as a small child. 
Getting through his senior year in high school and finding the right girlfriend are his only worries.  Then  he meets the hot new girl, Gia, who is oh, by the way, a walker.   Suddenly, Walkers are showing up everywhere and they want something from Caleb.  They want him to remember something that he has hidden deep and not thought about in years.  Sometimes things are better left in the past. 
With help from his mother, friends and Gia, Caleb will have to take a long look at his life and remember the things that are important to him.  Sometimes things are not always what they seem and the people that we love most are not always who they say they are.
I would like to thank the author for gifting me a copy of her book for the blog tour.  I have so enjoyed reading this and could not put it down.  I look forward to the next installment in this saga.  I could talk about this book forever but I don't want to give away too many spoilers.  You just have to read it for yourself.
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  1. Hi Tammy! Thanks so much for reading and reviewing my novel. Reviews like this one means so much to authors.

    All the best,
    KaSonndra Leigh

  2. Hoping to win a new winter read for the upcoming months - I'm unable to leave the house in the cold weather due to a rare blood disease, so I like to stock up on books.

  3. great interview and review, thanks for the giveaway! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com