The Violet Hour: December 18, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

Review – BLOOD TIDE by Tess Oliver

Paperback, 254 pages

August 15th 2011 by CreateSpace

ISBN 1466202858


“When four strangers move into Blackpool Cove the same week a tragic shipwreck befalls its shores, Trixie Muldoon waves it off as coincidence. Even the arrival of the appealing, young investigator, David Durham, does not convince her otherwise.

But when a girl disappears, it’s obvious something sinister has gripped the quiet, coastal town, and it all leads back to the town’s newest inhabitants, including the mysterious Beck Ryker. Everything about Beck Ryker, his scarred face, his hypnotic gaze, his seemingly tortured past, says heartbreak and regret. Yet Trixie finds herself drawn to him.

But when the tangle of secrets surrounding Beck unravels, Trixiefinds herself caught between terror and passion. “

I was contacted by author Tess Oliver because she had seen my review of her book CAMILLE, and thought I would enjoy her 2011 offering, BLOOD TIDE. I was so excited! And she was totally right. I loved it! I love her style of writing. It helps me fall effortlessly into her stories. I pictured this entire book in my head as a movie (particularly like the end of Pride & Prejudice (2005) when Darcy is walking toward Elizabeth in the mist – gorgeous!).

Trixie was a sweet and loving girl with a stubborn streak. She lived with her grandparents, who I wanted to hug. They were just so charming and endearing. Throughout the story, they made me miss my own grandparents. The grandmother was Romani, and I think she added an extra mysterious element to the mix. I would love to have more of her flair if this continues into another book. Trixie’s grandfather was a reluctantly retired fisherman that still enjoyed the solitude of going out on his boat during the day. This bit of background sets the tone for the whole story, and an explanation of the title.

I loved all the characters in this book, minus the villains, of course. My favorite was probably Beck. Dangerous, scarred and beautiful. I fell head over heels for this guy from his first appearance. His very presence in the town was unsettling, especially for Trixie. Their first encounter didn’t go over so well, but she was captivated by their next meeting, and I can’t say that I blame her. Beck had some of the most sincerely romantic lines I’ve read in a long time. There is just SO MUCH to this story that I could probably talk about it for hours. I seriously love it. The characters had depth and personality, and the layering of elements took it to another level. Just when I thought I had it figured out, Oliver threw in another twist that I didn’t see coming, and I loved that!

The revelation at the end was awesome. It just made this ‘one sit read’ even more incredible. I’m am very much hoping that this will be a series because I NEED more Trixie and Beck. I feel that it was left very open to the possibility of continuing. I am a HUGE fan of Ms. Oliver, and I will read any and everything she releases.

Thursday, December 22, 2011


 Coming soon from Entagled Publishing and author Tiffany Truitt…..
“What if you were mankind’s last chance at survival?

    Sixteen-year-old Tess lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States, now decimated after a devastating fourth World War. But long before that, life as we knew it had been irrevocably changed, as women mysteriously lost the ability to bring forth life. Faced with the extinction of the human race, the government began the Council of Creators, meant to search out alternative methods of creating life. The resulting artificial human beings, or Chosen Ones, were extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

    Life is bleak, but uncomplicated for Tess as she follows the rigid rules of her dystopian society, until the day she begins work at Templeton, the training facility for newly created Chosen Ones. There, she meets James, a Chosen One whose odd love of music and reading rivals only her own. The attraction between the two is immediate in its intensity—and overwhelming in its danger.

    But there is more to the goings-on at Templeton than Tess ever knew, and as the veil is lifted from her eyes, she uncovers a dark underground movement bent not on taking down the Chosen Ones, but the Council itself. Will Tess be able to stand up to those who would oppress her, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?”

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