Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Race the Darkness by Abbie Roads - Review and Giveaway


We’re having a blog tour for RACE THE DARKNESS by Abbie Roads. We are so excited to share this fantastic new paranormal romance with you! 
Check it out and grab your copy today!! 


Author: Abbie Roads
Publication Date:  4 October, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Series:  Fatal Dreams, book 1
Genre:  Paranormal Romance/Suspense
Age Recommendation: 18 and up
Rating: 4 Stars

~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~ 

Book Description:

Cursed with a terrible gift... 

 Criminal investigator Xander Stone doesn't have to question you-he can hear your thoughts. Scarred by lightning, burdened with a power that gives him no peace, Xander struggles to maintain his sanity against the voice that haunts him day and night-the voice of a woman begging him to save her.

A gift that threatens to engulf them...

Isleen Walker has long since given up hope of escape from the nightmare of captivity and torture that is draining her life, her mind, and her soul. Except...there is the man in her feverish dreams, the strangely beautiful man who beckons her to freedom and wholeness. And when he comes, if he comes, it will take all their combined fury and faith to overcome a madman bent on fulfilling a deadly prophecy.    

 Check out the trailer for Race the Darkness: 

My Review:

Don't mind me while I sit here just staring at my kindle wondering what the heck I just read and no I don't mean that in a bad way I mean that in I can't believe that all just happened, wow, there is so much happening here that I can't even wrap my brain around it, oh my; I may have found a new favorite paranormal series, Woah, that was....weird, exciting, romantic, creepy, sweet, appalling, gentle, what the......the words just keep spilling from my brain and I am incapable of using them to make any sense.

This book was so different than anything I have read in a long time and I really loved it.  The plot and storyline are out there....way out there but in a good kind of way.  It's a fresh take on a genre that hasn't felt truly 'inventive' for me in a long time.  Don't get me wrong, I am a Paranormal Romance girl, I love all things Vampires, Werewolves, etc...but this was something truly different.  The paranormal aspects are based around folklore and the mystical.  The book itself had hints of Beauty and the Beast, The Divici Code, A little X-men, Silence of the Lambs feel.  It's a mash up of Paranormal Romance, Suspense, Mystery, and Dark Romance...It's a weird amalgamation but man does it work.  One thing I will say is that even though there were moments when I was 'Wait, what?' I knew from the get go that the author wasn't going to leave me hanging.  She comes at this from a different angle than I think most would but her explanations and line are straight forward....although it might take you a few pages to see the full picture when ever she takes a turn.  This book isn't going to hit you head on, it's going to come at you from all sides and like me leave you sitting there staring at it long after you are done.   Race the Darkness is a book hangover book, so be prepared!  

Why not a 5 star from me then, well....I wanted more.  I wanted more of the background story to come through in many different aspects.  The relationship between Matt and well, everyone, the relationship between Xander and Kent (I know there was the Camille element but that doesn't truly explain why they have ALWAYS hated one another), the history of the institute...heck Alex and Gale need there own book.  Which leads me to another issue, how old exactly is Isleen?  If Alex (Xander's dad) was married to Gale (Isleen's grandmother) and Shayla (Isleen's mother) was a young teenager when Xander was a child....wait, how old was Gale?  I don't know that whole age thing/relationship muddle confused me.  I am hopeful that we will see more Kent (perhaps his own book), I know we will see more Lathan as his book, Hunt the Dawn, is next but it was weird having him pop up with no real understanding of anything about him.  He's there, and then he's gone and no one knows a damn thing about him expect....he's got issues (similar to Xander?) and he's a consultant for the FBI, other than that he's a ghost.  

This is a fantastic debut from Abbie Roads and has me aching for the next book.  I can't imagine this being her debut how amazing future books from her are going to be.  

I honestly don't know who to recommend this book to because it has so many elements from different genres that I think it will appeal to a lot of people.  It is dark and a bit harsh at times so you definitely need to know that going in.  The romance is InstaLove, but there is an explanation for that. Also it revolves around a religious zealot and his (basically) cult so know that going in as well.  If you are looking for something that is going to engross your every sense and thought...this is your book!  


 Enter Abbie's Giveaway:
(Paperback copy of Race the Darkness and a $10 gift card)


 Seven Things about Abbie Roads:
  1.  She loves Snicker Parfaits. Gotta start with what’s most important, right?
  2. She writes dark emotional books featuring damaged characters, but always gives her hero and heroine a happy ending… after torturing them for three hundred pages.
  3. By day she’s a mental health counselor known for her blunt, honest style of therapy. At night she burns up the keyboard. Well… Burn might be too strong a word. She at least sits with her hands poised over the keyboard, waiting for inspiration to strike. And when it does—the keyboard might get a little warm.
  4.  She can’t stand it when people drive slowly in the passing lane. Just saying. That’s major annoying. Right?
  5.  She loves taking pictures of things she thinks are pretty.
  6.  She’s represented by Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary.
  7.  Her first book will be out October 2016 through Sourcebooks.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the review! I'm so happy you have a book hangover! Mission accomplished!