Friday, August 22, 2014

Tortured Souls Blog Tour and Giveaway

Tortured Souls
The Orion Circle #1 

Kimber Leigh Wheaton

YA Paranormal Romance
June 29,2014
Sea Dragon Press

Sometimes Rest in Peace isn't an option.

Kacie Ramsey sees ghosts—and it's ruining her life. Her mother left, her father blames her, and no matter how hard she tries, she can't keep the ghosts away. Now a new power has emerged. Nightly visions of grisly murders and a relentless predator draw her to the brink of insanity.

When the phantom appears at a party, Kacie's longtime crush, Logan, saves her. He invites her to join the Orion Circle, a group of supernatural hunters with chapters in schools all over the country. Through the Circle, Kacie learns to embrace her spiritual powers, and for the first time in her life she feels in control rather than a victim.

But the Foxblood Demon will not give up so easily. A demented serial killer in life who trapped the souls of the thirteen children he murdered, imprisoning them within the walls of his mansion. Now in death, he plots his return while drawing power from the pure souls of the children. He recognizes something in Kacie he's never seen before—a medium powerful enough to provide a vessel for his tainted soul.

Kacie can't ignore the tortured souls of the children crying out to her every night. With Logan at her side, she will fight the Foxblood Demon. But can they banish this powerful phantom, or will Kacie lose not only her body, but her eternal soul to the monster.

Horrifying broken pictures shatter the tranquility of my once pleasant dream. Though I scream in my mind to wake up, I know I won’t be able to. I’m captive in my own head while the gritty scenes play out in stark black and white, flickering like an old silent movie. I run from the phantom chasing me. When I slip in a dark gray puddle, my body collides with the ground, my hands slapping into the viscous liquid. Blood. The sharp, pungent odor assaults my nose, telling me this is no ordinary dream.
I stare into the sightless eyes of a teenage girl sprawled across the grass like a broken, discarded doll. Her legs bend beneath her at impossible angles, the bone poking through the shin of one leg. Blood seeps from her shattered skull, flowing to the grass in rivulets to pool around her lifeless body. As I try to crawl away from the broken girl, I sense the approach of a monster, the man responsible for this gruesome display. With a tiny whimper I surge to my feet. He’s on me in a flash, and I scream a wordless keening cry before my airway is forced closed. My sanity begins to shatter then everything goes mercifully black…
Somehow I manage to tear myself from the gut-wrenching dream. I bite my lip to keep from screaming. Blood pours into my mouth, and I gag on the metallic taste. As my heartbeat begins to return to a normal rhythm, I untangle my body from the sheets holding me captive on the floor of my room. Lurching to my feet, I try to comfort my mind, ease my quaking nerves. This is the fifth night in a row I’ve had this dream. It’s always the same, always in black and white, gritty, the images jerky.
I haven’t seen the attacker, the monster responsible for the grisly murder. The faceless phantom hides in the darkest recesses of my mind. He chases me for several minutes in the dream, but I never turn to face him. Deep down I know if I face this dream monster, something awful will happen.
Leaving the sheets on the floor, I move back to sit on my bed, staring into the room, but only seeing the dream. Vision, my mind insists—it was a vision not a dream.

*Goth Girl Gabs received an ARC of Tortured Souls in exchange for an honest review*

Tortured Souls was a fun, fast-paced paranormal romp that readers of various ages will appreciate.  It grabbed me from the very first page where we meet the heroine, Kacie, a reluctant medium who's psychic abilities have wreaked havoc on her life since early childhood.  The story opens with Kacie dancing at a party, a very normal teenage thing to do, but quite quickly, things start getting rather...strange.  Kacie is attacked by an entity and rescued by her crush, Logan, who she quickly deduces is the only other person at the party that can see the ghost as well.  From there, the story snowballs into a host of creepy-crazy events centering around a paranormal secret society, The Orion Circle, that Kacie joins at Logan's request. 

Word of advice, read this story with abandon.  Don't think about it, just dive in headfirst and go with it.  

The plot moves quickly as does the romance.  It could be called insta-love, but I felt it was more in line with how 15 and 16 year olds experience their first romance...they fall hard and fast.  Speaking of the romance, it was oh so sweet.  Logan was adorably attentive to Kacie and he played a major supportive role in helping Kacie embrace her 'talents' as something that could be used for the greater good, scary as they may be.  Yes, occasionally it did get a little ooeey gooey, but nothing out of the realm of what I'm sure the majority of us girls felt in those teen years for our boyfriends/crushes.  

The ending is very nicely tied up.  There isn't much of a cliff-hanger, but this is book one in The Orion Series, so I'm eager to see how Kacie's story evolves over the course of multiple books.  Overall, I recommend this book if you're looking for a quick and enjoyable Young Adult Paranormal Romance.  

This Goth Girl Gives It

Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a bestselling YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance. She is married to her soulmate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs, four cats, and lots of dragons. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!) She currently lives in San Antonio, TX but has been somewhat a rolling stone in life, having resided in several different cities and states.

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  1. Thanks for participating in the tour. I'm glad you enjoyed Tortured Souls!

    1. You're welcome :) It was such a fun read!