Saturday, September 21, 2013

New Release Spotlight: Review and Giveaway of Pestilence Rising

Today, I'm spotlighting a book that released this week called Pestilence Rising!

Hunter lives alone. He eats and sleeps alone. The only people he can relate to are those he finds on the other side of an internet connection. Like him, they have extraordinary abilities, and like him, they want to keep anyone from finding out. His job is to manipulate them into revealing their deepest secrets to him, secrets that will maintain his freedom and surely end theirs.

His employer classifies him as a "ravager". Unfortunately, his ability is more affliction than asset. If he loses control of his emotions, anyone nearby is stricken with a disease that could prove fatal. The Center for the Preservation of Natural Order allows him to remain free on the condition that he keep a low profile and he work for them.

The arrangement works for all parties involved until a girl claiming to be an angel appears in his living room.

Celeste brings word that his estranged brother is missing. Only the two of them can save him.

When his supervisor comes looking for her, Hunter is faced with a choice. Should he trust a stranger and become a fugitive for a brother he barely knows or turn her in, go back to the lonely existence that's kept him from being a danger to innocent people for so long? And who the hell is the strange, tattooed woman who keeps appearing to him in reflections and dreams?

Who he decides to become will be the catalyst for change. One way or another, the life he knows is over.

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My Review:

Rating: 4 stars!

I really enjoyed this book! I thought it was a unique take on paranormal "entities" and that it was thrilling and suspenseful and kept me wanting to turn the pages so I would know what would happen next.

The synopsis is a little vague, so you don't have much of an idea about what's going on in this story, Pestilence Rising. It starts out with the main character, Hunter (who is the only narrator, I might add!), talking to this girl online. I wasn't entirely sure what to make of him, and my first impression wasn't that good. His job sucks, to tell you the truth. While his ability is hurtful, his job is even worse. It takes a visit from a heavenly being and a mission for him to start questioning the Center. It makes him question whether or not he's been doing the right thing all these years.

He must choose the lesser of two evils when he figures out where his brother's been taken, and that the tattooed woman who keeps showing up on reflective surfaces and speaking in his head is the leader of a cult. A cult that performs human sacrifice. This woman, Llewyn, believes that by collecting souls, the two brothers who had first been given the status as healer and ravager can come back to life. But if they do, it'll start an apocalypse; it'll end the world as they know it. Although he doesn't agree with the Center's tactics, they help keep the balance and keep the world safe from people with uncontrollable abilities. So, as much as Hunter would like to be out of the Center's grasp for good, he must work with them to take care of this new threat. And he has to do it soon, for Llewyn has set her sights on his brother, Michael, for the next Ceremony of Light (human sacrifice, yo).

Hunter and Celeste, the angel who was sent on this mission of rescuing his brother, decide to infiltrate the camp and find a way to destroy it and Llewyn's hold on everyone there. All of the inhabitants are healers and ravagers, and Llewyn has been collecting them for this master plan of hers. And now she's escalated after finding out that Hunter is betraying them all and that he's only there to save his brother. Hunter is between a rock and a hard place, choosing to work with his enemy for the greater good and fighting with them instead of against. But he knows that right now he needs them, and later on, he can think of way to get freedom.

I have to say, I wasn't connecting with Hunter very well, especially in the beginning. But he grew on me, the little snippets of his past had me intrigued to find out more about him, and I loved his character development. He's made mistakes, done horrible work for his job, but he realizes how wrong the Center is and that he needs to start making the right choices. And step one is saving his brother, even though Michael was an asshole to him growing up. Step two is stopping Llewyn and the human sacrifices. Step three is escaping the tight hold the Center has on him. 

I enjoyed his and Celeste's banter and friendship, though I was sort of hoping a romantic relationship would form between them. I'm not entirely a fan of Hunter and Bree, yet I was okay with this book having zero romance. It was mostly all paranormal, with good character development in a male POV. The book was very suspenseful, up until the last few chapters. Lea Ryan writes some awesome action scenes! I liked the ending; it tied up all the loose ends, and effectively concluded the novel (it is a standalone, but the author isn't opposed to writing a sequel someday). :) 

If you like your paranormal books focusing more on that aspect than on a romance, then this one is for you. It was highly entertaining, the characters were well-written, and the action and suspense was very authentic. 

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Author Bio:
Lea Ryan dwells at the edge of a farm with her husband, two kids, two cats and a dog. The author of three books, a novella and several short stories, her genres of choice are urban fantasy and horror. She also draws things and is pretty handy with a Playstation controller. Her website: http://authorlearyan.wordpress.com/

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