Kaleidoscope Review and Giveaways
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Publisher: Self PublishedReleased: March 8th 2013
Genre: Young Adult
Purchase: Kaleidoscope (Faylinn Series)
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.
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:
AUG. 5 - Literary Meanderings *Interview
Pansycake Reader *Review
The Bookish Daydreamer *Review & Favorite Quote
AUG. 6 - Drugs Called Books *Guest Post
A Dream Within A Dream *Blurb & Excerpt
Once Upon a YA Book *Review
Writer of Wrongs *Review
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
The Passionate Bookworm *Review
AUG. 9 - Jess resides here *Interview
Reader Girls Blog *Review
Pages Of Forbidden Love *Review & Favorite Quote
Kindred Dreamheart *Guest Post
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