Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Mindy Hayes Blog Tour and Review with TWO Giveaways!

Kaleidoscope Review and Giveaways

Source: Won in Giveaway
Publisher: Self Published
Released: March 8th 2013
Genre: Young Adult 
Rating: 5/5

Purchase: Kaleidoscope (Faylinn Series)

Synopsis via Goodreads:                                              
“Was I still a human? Gosh, I still wanted to be human. Even just to keep a sliver of whom I thought I was. But as I thought about being human, standing in the shade of the forest, I felt less human than ever. The trees fought for my allegiance."

It starts in her chest. The change Calliope doesn't see coming. It pulses like a second heartbeat, urging her to give in to the need to be in the depths of the forest. She's compelled to fight the pull, but the more she denies it the stronger it becomes until she finally surrenders and is pulled into a secret world of enchantment.

Kai and Declan need her to accept what she is, but with everything left unsaid, acceptance may be the least of their worries. Knowing their fate lies in her hands, they’ll stop at nothing to protect and   prepare her for what lies ahead.

Will Calliope be able to accept what Kai and Declan reveal or will her desire to be normal keep her from acknowledging her true destiny?

As a debut novel for Mindy Hayes, I am entirely impressed.  This book was a breath of fresh air in the YA genre. The flow, the characters, the romance, and the paranormal beings were phenomenal. It is going to be really hard to not write about the specific paranormal beings in the book but I want to keep it a surprise. All I am going to say is that I am glad that someone finally got these paranormal beings right, I have hated their depiction in the past.  OK, I am stopping now, it would be just too much of a spoiler.

The main character, Calliope, is lovable and a incredibly relatable character She struggles to find herself and discover the right path. I really enjoyed that she wasn't a whiny teenager with a poor me attitude. She does have some teenage girl moments but I didn't find myself annoyed.  I really enjoyed her journey and can't wait to travel the rest!

There is romance in the novel but I am glad for once it does not overshadow the plot. While the synopsis hints at two boys, Declan and Kai, there is one more boy that plays a role in Calliope's life.  I am not a math teacher but I am pretty sure that means we have a LOVE SQUARE.  Even with one more boy added into the mix it still seems that Calliope isn't just thinking about boys.  She has a big choice to make does she ignore who or what she is or does she become all that she was destined to be? 

I just love this novel, can’t get enough of the Failynn series and have been not so patiently waiting for Ember! AND to my absolute excitement, I am  allowed to announce that the second novel, Ember is out!!  

About the Author:  

Mindy grew up in San Diego, California exploring her interest for singing and playing the piano. Mindy first discovered her passion for reading when she had to make her first flight alone to South Carolina to visit her, then, fiancé. Mindy's love for writing followed shortly after. She and her husband have now been married for five years and live in Summerville, South Carolina.
Kaleidoscope is her debut novel, its sequel, Ember, will be released in September 2013.

Links to Mindy: 

Tour Schedule: 

AUG. 5 - Literary Meanderings *Interview
The Bookish Daydreamer *Review & Favorite Quote
Whatever You Can Still Betray *Blurb & Excerpt
Beauty Brains & Books *Review & Dream Cast 

AUG. 6 - Drugs Called Books *Guest Post 
A Dream Within A Dream *Blurb & Excerpt 

AUG. 7 - We All Make Mistakes In Books *Interview
Dee's Reviews *Review 
Lebook Squirrel *Review & Dream Cast 
Chapter Break *Blurb & Excerpt 

AUG. 8 - Bookish Randomness *Guest Post
Gobs and Gobs of Books *Blurb & Excerpt 
The Bookish Confections *Review & Excerpt 
The Cherry On Top *Interview
AUG. 9 - Jess resides here *Interview
Pages Of Forbidden Love *Review & Favorite Quote
Kindred Dreamheart *Guest Post

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Another Awesome Giveaway from Shane at Itching For Books (Part of the Blog Tour):
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  1. I love to read about fae, some reincarnated gods/goddesses, and were-beings. I think I would want to be one, so I could use my extended time here on Earth to make a difference.

  2. Wonderful review! Glad you loved it :)

  3. I love to read vampire, lycan, wolves. I would like to shift to a cougar. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  4. I love to read about mythological beings like Greek gods and stuff. If I were one, I would be a demigod

  5. Great giveaways! Can't wait to read these titles! (BTW, found out about these giveaways through Book Blogs!)

    Lis Ann @ The Indigo Quill

  6. I love to read about Angels, Greek Mythology Gods/Goddess, Fae, Witches, Mind Readers etc... Thank you for the awesome giveaways!!

  7. new follower via bloglovin! great post and this book sounds wonderful!

    Tina @ Pages of Comfort

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  9. I'd have to say that I'm a true-blue vamp fan first & foremost, though I love many of these otherworldly beings. Yes I might consider becoming one, but only if the pain of changing has been a gross exaggeration, lol.

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    Syl Stein

  11. I love the cover of the book and sounds like you really enjoyed it!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

  12. I love reading about fairies. I would never become one though. I love being human.


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