Friday, February 15, 2013

Blog Tour: Fall For Me by: K.A. Last (Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway)

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Welcome to my stop on the Fall For Me Blog Tour hosted by Bewitching Book Tours.


Release Date: January 17, 2013
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Book Trailer | Cover Art: KILA Designs
Source: I received a copy of this book as part of the blog tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

"“Angels aren’t supposed to fall in love, especially with each other. But for the record, you were worth it.”
Grace Tate is a Protection Angel and Vampire Hunter, and she has always followed the rules. But some rules are made to be broken… 
Until now the fight against evil has been simple, and falling in love was never part of the plan. So what happens when it’s beyond Grace’s control, and when she least expects it she falls for the wrong person? 
All hell breaks loose, that’s what. 
At Hopetown Valley High, not everything is as it seems, and the one person Grace thought was her enemy becomes her most important ally. 
Blood will be shed, lives will be lost and friendships will be tested. It all comes down to one decision, and when Grace tries to save all those dear to her, she realises not everyone can be—or wants to be—saved."


My Thoughts:

I was so excited to read this book when I first read the synopsis. It combines two of my very favorite paranormal things: angels and vampires. However, while this book had good moments, overall it just wasn’t what I hoped it would be.

I think my biggest issue was that I just couldn’t really connect with the main characters. Grace was the typical overly tough heroine who has boy issues. Then we have Josh who I just did not like and I really think I was supposed to love him. But lately, I just do not like the guy I am supposed to. I think my brain is broken! I just could not see the relationship between these two and because I couldn’t connect to them I had trouble reading through their point of view.

With that being said, I really liked some of the secondary characters. Seth was probably my favorite. Seth is the fallen angel bad boy, so naturally I loved him! He was funny and dark and had good reasons for the things he did. The other character I really liked was Ryan. Ryan was the quiet but strong one who took things in stride and I always appreciate a character like that.

Normally I love books that switch perspectives, but with this book it didn’t work as well for me. Every time this book switched perspective it would backtrack a bit and go over the same events from the other perspective. While I like seeing certain events from different points of view, this did keep the story from progressing as fast as I would have liked.

Also this book had a case of insta-love. While there are situations where I eat up the insta-love, with this book it just didn’t work for me. I had a hard time seeing the relationship because it was there immediately with no buildup. That being said the relationships (I say relationships because there is a love triangle) had their sweet moments and I would be lying if I said I didn’t have moments where I went awwwww. 

While I do have my complaints, overall I would not say that I disliked the book, I just couldn’t love it like I wanted to. It was quick and fun and I am sure there are others out there who will fall head over heels in love with this book; I am just not one of them.

Guest Post:
On the blog today, K.A. Last is going to talk about some of her favorite book covers from 2012. We all know how much I love book covers, so I was super excited to see what she had to say.  

Hi Teresa, and thanks for having me at Readers Live A Thousand Lives.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a graphic designer as well as a writer. I’m a very visual person, and even though we say we should never judge a book by its cover, I absolutely do. Book cover design is something I would love to get into more. I had great fun designing the cover of Fall For Me, and because a good cover is quite important to me as a reader, I’d love to share with you my favourites from 2012. 

My Top Five Favourite Book Cover Designs of 2012 


Starters by Lissa Price
This would be hands down my absolute favourite cover from 2012. I first saw this book in my local K-mart store. It grabbed my attention because it was the only white cover in a sea of darkness. At the time I was going through a phase where I loathed anything that was black and had a girl on the cover. Don’t get me wrong, there are many dark covers that I love, I just thought it had been done to death. For me, Starters was a refreshing change. I adore the starkness of the design—those eyes are amazing—and if you’ve read this book you’ll understand the computer chip detail in the background. 



Aurora Sky Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford
This cover is unlike anything I’ve seen before, and I wish I had a paperback copy so I can sit it on my shelf and look at it whenever I like. So many covers have girls in beautiful flowing dresses—which I also love as you’ll see when you get to the next two books—but Aurora Sky is so different. It still has a girl with her back to us, but I love that she’s in leggings and a warm woolly jumper, which she has to be since the book is set in Alaska. She is obviously a beautiful girl, and I also love that we get to see a hint of her face. The scarf adds the flow and movement that a dress usually would, but it also adds an entirely different dimension. Aurora is not the damsel in distress running away from the bad guy; she’s the kick-ass chick holding her own ground. 




Rapture by Lauren Kate
Fallen was one of those books I picked up purely because I loved the cover. Of course, after that I had to get the rest of the books in the series because I just had to find out what happened. Rapture is my favourite cover in the Fallen series because it’s just that little bit different to the rest. All the others have Luce in a black dress. The white dress is a lovely touch, and one that for me signifies Luce discovering who she really is.
 





Until I Die by Amy Plum
Die For Me was another book I picked up because the cover basically yelled my name from the shelf. Unfortunately it was published in 2011, so doesn’t count here, but equally beautiful is the next instalment in the Revenant series, Until I Die. If I Should Die, due out in May this year, also has a gorgeous cover. These novels are set in Paris, a place I’ve always wanted to visit, so they have a very magical charm for me. All three covers capture that magic perfectly, and when I look at Until I Die, I just want to run down that road to see what’s at the end.
 



The Wood Queen (UK Cover) by Karen Mahoney
When I said I judge a book by its cover, I wasn’t lying. If a book has a beautiful cover, I’m highly likely to buy it just so I can look at it whenever I like. The Iron Witch was another book I took home because I had to have that cover in my house. Then I had to have The Wood Queen because it was equally as beautiful. I guess I’m lucky I actually liked what was written on the pages as well, which is a bonus. The main thing I love about these covers is the foiling. If I was rich I’d print foil on my own book cover, but unfortunately for short print runs, it’s rather expensive. Donna has special metal scars in her hands and arms, and the intricate foil pattern on the cover shows these beautifully. So, there you have it. I could have mentioned so many more covers that I like, but we would have been her forever. I also didn’t want to include any that I haven’t actually read. I’d love to know what your favourite cover design of 2012 is, and why. 


Thanks again, Teresa, for taking part in the Fall For Me blog tour. I am grateful for your support.

K x   


Giveaway:

First Prize: One eBook copy of Fall for Me, Pair of silver tone angel wing earrings with diamante accents valued at $15 AUD plus a Fall For Me bookmark

Second Prize: One $10 Amazon Kindle gift card

Third Prize: 5 Fall For Me bookmarks to five people

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About The Author:

K. A. Last was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and moved to Sydney with her parents and older brother when she was eight. Artistic and creative by nature, she studied Graphic Design and graduated with an Advanced Diploma. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she concentrated on her career before settling into family life. Blessed with a vivid imagination, she began writing to let off creative steam, and fell in love with it. She now resides in a peaceful leafy suburb north of Sydney with her husband, their two children, and a rabbit named Twitch. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon



11 comments:

  1. The book does seem interesting, but I'm sorry you didn't connect w/the MCs. That's always tough. I'm glad you enjoyed the secondary characters so much. Sometimes they're the most fun.
    Great review, Teresa !

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  2. The book sounds really interesting, but I see you had some problems with it :-P The guest post was really fun to read .. I am a sucker for pretty covers ;-)

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  3. Great post! I really like the cover of this one, and the summary sounds great. I hate that it didn't blow you away - not being able to connect with the main characters is so disappointing. Yay for the bad boy, though! Thank you for your lovely and honest review!

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  4. It's a shame this didn't live up to your expectations, I find that angel books can be a bit hit or miss.

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  5. Aw, sorry that the characters weren't easy to connect to. That is a must for me so I completely understand.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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  6. Thanks for the tour stop, Teresa. And thank you very much for taking the time to read and review :-)

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  7. Thanks for the honest review. I know how disappointing it is when a book doesn't live up to your expectations.

    As far as book covers, I liked Under the Never Sky, Hemlock, and A Perfect Blood are a few of my favs. :)

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    1. I just finished reading Under the Never Sky and I loved it. I've also added Hemlock to my TBR. It definitely has a beutiful cover :-)

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  8. Thanks to Kim for the cover love. (Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter) Especially nice when I've been stressing that I'm missing the boat without a sexy Buffy girl showing cleavage on the cover or a young couple locked in a hot embrace.

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  9. I've been looking forward to reading "Fall For Me" ever since I saw the book trailer a month or so ago. It's high up on my TBR pile! ;)

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  10. I agree with you a book about angels and vampires....how could it go wrong?

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