Saturday, August 31, 2013

Warrior (Magio-Earth #2): Review and Giveaway

Book two of the Magio-Earth series by Joanne Wadsworth has been released! Check out my review of Warrior below and also enter the giveaway for an ebook copy of the book! :)


Blurb:
To love and protect…across worlds.

Eighteen-year-old Hope Wincrest calls the Outback of Australia her home away from home. She is a princess of Dralion from the planet Magio, where the two leading nations are at war. While in the Outback, Hope is warned by her warrior father--who holds the prophetic ability of forethought--that she is about to meet an enemy protector. She doesn’t expect him to be her soul-bound mate, a man she must now work with to piece together her unknown mother’s lost heritage.

Peacio’s Silas Carver follows the calling of his soul to Australia, only not all goes as planned. Discovering Hope is his mate has him demanding his release from their bond. She agrees, but only if he first helps her learn about her mother. 

Hope must lay her life in Silas’s hands during a journey which takes them deep into foreign lands. Waging a battle of the heart, and of the land, can the young mated pair find their place with each other? 

A Lyrical Press Young Adult Fantasy Romance.

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My Review:

*I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
*Spoilers if you haven’t read the first book!

4.5 stars!


I really loved the first book, Protector, and I was excited to have this one on hand so I could immediately start reading it. At first, I thought that it would continue Faith’s story, but that obviously wasn't the case. Instead, the main character is the twin sister she never knew she had. Hope.

Hope grew up in Dralion with their father, Prince Alexo, but now lives on her country’s station in Australia. She’s different from Faith because she has no strength skills. That they know of.... It isn't until Silas Carver shows up at the station and they find out that they're soul-bound that she finds out she also has the power of mind-merge. The two realize that they won't be able to just walk away from each other, so they go in search of the girls’ ancestors to find a way around the three-day death sentence. Without Faith or their mother knowing who Hope really is.

When Hope finds her great-aunt in the desert of No Man’s Land, she learns about her past and her powers start to show themselves. She has the skill of water manipulation, just like Elizara. And it’s at full strength, unlike with one of her good friends, Maslin. Soon, she'll have her rising and she'll need the people who care the most about her by her side. Goldie, Elizara, Maslin, Alexo. And thanks to a chance meeting with her sister, Hope will have Faith to help her through this time.

And she also has Silas. Because although Silas accepted the bond because she would die without merging her mind with his, he’s fallen in love with the enemy. And it doesn't matter that they now have a way around that, he’s not letting her out of his life. No matter how many times she pushes him to move on. Her grandfather, the ruthless leader of Dralion, still has no idea that his granddaughters are soul-bound with two Peacians. But Alexo will never make his girls give up their men, and he’s been keeping his father in the dark ever since he took Faith and her mother back to their country.

Like soul-bonds, blood-bonds are just as special and powerful. When Hope meets her great-aunt, her sister, and her mother, she instantly develops a strong familial love for them. Besides the soul-bonds, the family aspect to this series is my favorite part of the books. They take care of their own, and they are stronger together. It was beautiful when the family of four was reunited with each other. <3

I loved Silas in Protector, even when he was being a jerk. I was excited to see this hot-tempered, hard-headed protector fall in love, especially with the stubborn and argumentative Hope. Now he knows exactly what his cousin, Davio, was going through with being soul-bound to Faith. The girls aren't just regular Dralions, they are Wincrests, heirs to the throne and sworn enemies of their men’s family. These characters have a bumpy road ahead of them, and I'm sure more obstacles will be thrown their way. But I have hope that we will see the two countries of Magio, Dralion and Peacio, unite in the future. That they will no longer be enemies. And the power to do that will come from the youngest in the families and the soul-bonds that they have with each other.

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Excerpt
Silas extinguished the lamp, and moonlight filtered through the tiny square window. He rolled to his side, facing me. “We’ll stay close. I can’t dismiss the mated bond. Our souls call to one another and it’s strong.”
I felt it too.
“I can’t keep my distance from you, Hope. That would result in your death.”
“Yeah, but yours would result if my grandfather, Donaldo, ever found out about you. The need to protect goes both ways.”
A low growl rumbled from his throat. “It sounds like you’re arguing with me.”
“I’m pointing out the facts. Alexo keeps the knowledge of Faith’s relationship with Loveria a secret.”
“We don’t have their kind of relationship.”
“So this is a non-relationship?” I smiled. That actually suited me.
“Yes.”
“Okay, honey. I got it.”
He pulled me to him. “I have no idea why, but I like you. You have a smart mouth.”
I snuggled closer, resting my cheek against his chest. “Mmm-hmm. So do you.”
He let out a slow breath and it fanned over the top of my head. “I still want to kiss you.”
“Hell, no.” I grinned to myself.
“Are you repeating my earlier words?”
“Yes, I am.” He rolled me, coming up over top. My heart raced. “Don’t--”
His kiss was potent as he claimed my mouth.
I had no response. I was lost, hypnotized as we shared breath and a moment more special than any in time.
He cupped my face in his hands and stroked my cheeks, his thoughts escaping for the first time.
I read them so clearly within the merge.
He wanted this moment to last.
My heart soared and my soul called to his on the deepest level. “We are in a world of trouble,” I murmured against his lips.
His hold tightened, intoxicating me. Then he eased away an inch, maybe two. “You have the most beautiful spun-gold hair. It catches even the moonlight and glows like silk.”
I cleared my throat. “I know I just said trouble. You should stick to your side of the bed in this non-relationship.”
A wicked grin widened his mouth. “I could drown in the brilliant violet of your eyes.”
“Do I need to slap your face?”
He laughed. “Yes.”
I pushed him away, trying to get my heartbeat to slow. “Go away.”
He rolled into me, held me close. “I’ll be good. Just keeping you warm. It’s my right.”
I curled up, squeezing my eyes shut. “I can’t believe I’m sharing a bed with you. Do you snore?”
“Terribly. I’m also a bed-hog.”
I heard the partial lie, but to which half of that statement? “Hmm, since I’m squished between you and the wall, I’m picking you’re a bed-hog.”
“You feel all warm and soft. I’m not going anywhere.” He nuzzled my hair and yawned. “Go to sleep. You’ll need your rest if you want to be on your toes tomorrow.”

I didn’t doubt it. The minutes ticked by, and I slowly relaxed. My soul-bound mate lay beside me. For one night, or perhaps for more? I had no idea.

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Joanne Wadsworth Bio: 
AUTHOR, Where Romance Meets Fantasy and Adventure…

Reading romance books captivated Joanne Wadsworth as a teenager, particularly when she tucked herself into bed at night and continued to dream those stories as she slept. She'd visualize the direction, taking the hero and heroine on an adventure unparalleled to what she'd read. Today she is devoted to writing romance, bringing her imagination to life within the lines of young adult, contemporary, and historical Highlander. Born in New Zealand, Joanne works both as a writer and a financial controller, all while keeping up with her four energetic children and dreamy husband.


AUTHOR WEBSITE & BLOG: http://www.joannewadsworth.com
BARNES & NOBLE PAGE (For books)http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/joanne-wadsworth

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GIVEAWAY TIME! :)

***Joanne has been kind enough to offer up two ebook (Kindle or Nook) copies of the second book in her Magio-Earth series, Warrior. :)***

The Fine Print:
These rules are put in place to make sure that this giveaway runs smoothly. :)
  • You must be 13 years or older!
  • This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL, so everyone can enter (as long as you have a way to read ebooks)!
  • Giveaway ends on September 14th. Winners will be chosen randomly through rafflecopter on September 15th. 
  • I will email the winners, and in turn, give their emails to the author so she can send them the book. :)
  • Winners will have 72 hours to respond to my email. 
  • Because I'm not providing for the giveaway, I'm going by the honor system. Please do not cheat with your entries!
Good luck and have fun! :)