Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Darkest Part Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on The Darkest Part blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

The Darkest Part (Living Heartwood)
by Trisha Wolfe

Release Date: 08/06/13

Summary from Goodreads: 

Pressing the boundaries of both the psyche and the heart, Sam and Holden embark on a dangerous journey that will test the limits of love.

Sam Wintry’s life used to be almost perfect. She was engaged to her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler Marks, planning an amazing cross-country honeymoon during her college break. But after a hit-and-run leaves her in ruin, she begins seeing Tyler’s fractured, ghostly presence, and her family believes she’s losing her mind. Not until she completes their journey, stopping along the way to scatter Tyler's remains, will Tyler be able cross over. Only...is Sam ready for him to leave her?

When the black sheep of the Marks' family, Holden Marks, returns to check on Tyler's case, Sam convinces him to give her his brother's ashes. Despite their shaky history, she needs him...plus, he owes it to Sam and his brother. What she doesn’t count on is Holden’s relentlessness to go on the trip.

On the road, Holden realizes just how unhinged Sam has become. Dealing with her psychosis forces him to confront his dark past, making it harder to keep secrets hidden that should remain buried. Especially from Sam, the only woman he’s ever loved. And as Sam starts to unravel the truth, she begins to question if the brother she's unwillingly falling for again is in an even darker place than her.


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5 Darkly Romantic, Intense Stars!

My Review:
Life is so short, and you never know when something will come along to change everything. Spinning your world into a downward spiral. Trapping you in the darkest part of a mental hell.
Holy hell, this book was INTENSE. It was dark and sometimes disturbing. It was also emotionally stimulating and romantic. It was a fucking whirlwind of emotions, from pain and anger, to deep, deep love. It was gripping, desperate, and oh, so raw. The Darkest Part was an edgy and immensely satisfying read, with well-developed characters and a love so intense and passionate that it broke my heart and healed it all at the same time.

Here we meet Sam: a vibrant, passionate artist who's in love with Tyler Marks. They've been planning their honeymoon road trip for months, but they've also been having intimacy problems. They thought they would have plenty of time, until the night Tyler left Sam's dorm and met up with his brother, Holden. A few days later, Sam's about ready to stand up in front of a few hundred people and talk about how much Tyler meant to her, while the casket cruelly reminds her of what she lost.

She runs instead... right into Holden. It's clear from the beginning that they have some history, that it's not just because of Tyler that they know each other. And right from the start, I could sense the underlying emotions between the two of them, the sparks. They shared one intense, passionate kiss under a dead tree, and both walked away from it hurt and feeling lost. For years, they both pushed that moment to the back of their minds, but neither can seem to forget it. It takes a road trip for them to finally understand each other, in a way they never thought possible.
"The way I see it, the heartwood is strong, beautiful, and resilient. It can fight off any outside threat that tries to invade, and in rare cases... is alive. It may be the darkest part, but a living heartwood is a force to be reckoned with." -Holden
They realize that their feelings for each other have never gone away. It was like the love that they'd had for each other back then was just dormant, waiting. It's explosive and raw, and neither of them know quite how to deal with it. There are so many secrets; so many lies have been told. It's hard for them open up to each other, because if they do, they're not sure they can come back from some of the things they've said or done in the past. Not to mention, the closer Sam gets to Holden, the further Tyler's ghost pulls away from her. And she's not so sure she can let him go yet.

They're both wrestling with ghosts (figuratively and literally), with pasts that still have so much effect on them now. They learn so much about each other, and about what happened between them all those years ago. Who would have thought that Tyler would have been responsible for Holden pushing her away, and who would have thought he'd kept so many secrets from Sam? This road trip is not only about giving Tyler peace, but also about learning how to let him go and move on. It's a healing process for Holden and Sam. And the miserable, painful, and sometimes fun, journey they go on was worth it all. It was a journey full of self-discovery, letting go, and most importantly, healing.

I loved both of the characters, and I'm glad this book was told in dual perspectives. I needed both of their sides to the story. I needed both of their voices to understand what was going on inside their minds and their hearts. For, with each mile they drove, I was pulled along on the tumultuous rollercoaster ride with Holden and Sam. When they were hurting, I hurt. When they laughed, I laughed. When they cried, I freaking bawled my eyes out. I was so invested in their story, and in their relationship, that I couldn't stop reading. I had to to keep reading so I could watch these two characters fall in love all over again and find peace. Find the happiness that they both so desperately needed and deserved. Find the kind of love that was worth all of the heartache and pain. <3

Like I said, this book was intense. It was raw. These two characters' journey to finding the light within their dark lives was incredibly rewarding, and I loved every word of it.

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About the Author


I’m the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), ASTARTE'S WRATH NA Historical/Supernatural, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. My NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013. I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The ApocalypsiesA proud business owner, I'm partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above, I’m a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who's the sounding board for my male characters.


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