Friday, January 18, 2013

{Review & Giveaway} The Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin #IOBookTours

Hello one and all and welcome to my stop on The Darkening Dream tour brought to you by I.O. Book Tours. Here you will find information on the book and author along with my review of the book and an awesome giveaway going on at the bottom of this post. So, sit back, relax and have an enchanting time.
About the Book

The Darkening Dream
by Andy Gavin

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Pages: 382
Published: January 10th 2012
Publisher: Mascherato Publishing

Book Description

The Darkening Dream is the chilling new dark fantasy novel by Andy Gavin, creator of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter.

Even as the modern world pushes the supernatural aside in favor of science and steel, the old ways remain. God, demon, monster, and sorcerer alike plot to regain what was theirs.

1913, Salem, Massachusetts - Sarah Engelmann's life is full of friends, books, and avoiding the pressure to choose a husband, until an ominous vision and the haunting call of an otherworldly trumpet shake her. When she stumbles across a gruesome corpse, she fears that her vision was more of a premonition. And when she sees the murdered boy moving through the crowd at an amusement park, Sarah is thrust into a dark battle she does not understand.

With the help of Alex, a Greek immigrant who knows a startling amount about the undead, Sarah sets out to uncover the truth. Their quest takes them to the factory mills of Salem, on a midnight boat ride to spy on an eerie coastal lair, and back, unexpectedly, to their own homes. What can Alex's elderly, vampire-hunting grandfather and Sarah's own rabbi father tell them? And what do Sarah's continuing visions reveal?

No less than Gabriel's Trumpet, the tool that will announce the End of Days, is at stake, and the forces that have banded to recover it include a 900 year-old vampire, a trio of disgruntled Egyptian gods, and a demon-loving Puritan minister. At the center of this swirling cast is Sarah, who must fight a millennia-old battle against unspeakable forces, knowing the ultimate prize might be herself.
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Online Reviews

"Wonderfully twisted sense of humor" and "A vampire novel with actual bite" -- Kirkus Reviews

"Inventive, unexpected, and more than a little bit creepy!" -- R.J. Cavender, editor of the Bram Stoker nominated Horror Library anthology series

"This book will satisfy any fan of the vampire genre and then some!" -- Must Read Faster

"In a similar vein to George R.R. Martin's writing style, Gavin often dangles his characters in the maws of danger and doesn't shy away from ... their blood being spilled." -- Andrew Reiner, executive editor of Game Informer magazine

"Now this is a vampire novel! It flows so perfectly between character point of views, it's a great blend of historical fiction, mythology and paranormal." -- Little Miss Drama Queen Reviews

"Action-packed and suspenseful, and there were twists all over the place." -- Les Livres

"Andy Gavin has taken a bevy of supernatural elements, compelling characters, and an intricate and superbly developed storyline, and expertly weaved them together to create an original and enthralling book." -- Word Spelunking

My Review

I just finished reading this book and honestly, I have no idea where to even begin saying how amazing this book turned out to be. I am a huge vampire fan but I had no idea what kind of a thrill ride I was in for with this book. It isn't like any other vampire novel I have ever read before. It's original, fast paced and doesn't slow down. The characters are something else too.  They aren't merely characters but actual people who you too end up falling in love with and when something is going on with them then something is going on with you. I was sucked into this book, into the world that I will not soon forget.

Sarah is one of the main characters in this book and I have to say that it's about time there is a leading lady character that isn't childish, or just plain dumb to be perfectly honest. Sarah is strong willed, stubborn and really full of life. She is awesome to say the least and she quickly became my favorite. Then you have her best friend Alice who despite what she may think is scared of everything changing because her brother Sam is in love with Sarah. Speaking of Sam, he is also a great character too and a really awesome guy, both him and Alex are great characters. I even found myself liking the evil characters just because of how awesome they were written. However, I hate the ending of this book so much! lol Only because Andy leaves us hanging in the air about what happened, what will happen and really wanting more. This was defiantly one book that I was not even close to be disappointed about. I am just disappointed that I don't have the second one to read or even know if there is a second one. Now that is disappointing. However, when the second one does come out I will be the first in line to get my copy. I've just found my new favorite author of 2013.

I give this book

*Disclosure Notice*
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my personal and honest review. I was not compensated in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.
About the Author
Andy Gavin

Andy Gavin is a serial creative, polymath, novelist, entrepreneur, computer programmer, author, foodie, and video game creator. He co-founded video game developer Naughty Dog and co-created Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter. He started numerous companies, has been lead programmer on video games that have sold more than forty million copies, and has written two novels including The Darkening Dream, a dark historical fantasy that puts the bite back in vampires.
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