This is my stop during the book blitz for Swords & Stilettos by Kristin D. Van Risseghem. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 4 till 10 January. You can see the tour schedule here.
Zoe Jabril needs to devise a kick-ass plan to save the world ASAP. Otherwise, Armageddon starts the day she turns eighteen—and if that happens, everything is going to hell. Literally.
She could be any other 17-year-old attending parties and checking out cute guys—except she discovers her best friend is a Guardian Angel and the boy she crushes on is a Nephilim, both sent to protect her from the demons who want her dead.
Now Zoe has to deal with growing feelings toward the Nephilim, who spreads a strange electrical current through her body every time he touches her. And she’s under constant attack from Demons, trying to stop her from fulfilling the Prophecy: a girl will be born who will unite Angels, Nephilim, Fairies and Werewolves to battle evil. Then she has to control newly found talents if she’s to prevent the devil from escaping Hell.
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The three of us walked out to his car, and dad surprised me with how cordial he was around Shay. Not the overprotective father I’d expected at all.
“When did you buy it?” Dad asked. “All the parts still original?”
“Mostly,” Shay replied, avoiding his first question. “I changed out the stereo to a CD/iPod player.”
Dad seemed to agree. “I would, too. Do you drive it to car shows? I don’t think I’ve seen this one at any of them around here.” He glanced up from the car, looking sheepish. “I can’t get the women to go with me when one’s in town, so I usually go alone.”
“There’s one coming up next weekend at the Minneapolis Convention Center,” Shay said. “Wanna go with me?”
Oh Shay, you’ll have my dad wrapped around your finger in no time. Dad glanced at me with hopeful eyes. I couldn’t deny him this.
“I think you should,” I told him.
Now that he had my permission, Dad walked around the Bel Air, not touching it, but examining it under a microscope. Looking up from the wheels he asked, “What made you pick this model and not some other one?”
“It was between her and a 1962 Lincoln Continental Convertible with suicide doors.” He shrugged. “I got a better deal on this.”
“A ‘62 Lincoln. That’s a pretty sweet car, but I’d have to agree. This is better.” He shook Shay’s hand again. “Good choice. Very good choice.” They stood side by side, staring at the car, and I had to work on not laughing.
“I’ll leave you two alone now,” I said with a grin, then turned back to the house. Just before I reached the front door, I glanced back, still amazed at my dad’s behavior. If I hadn’t turned around, I would have missed it. Dad had leaned over to whisper something in Shay’s ear. Shay nodded and said something back. I was dying to know what they were talking about. Then again, they were probably just talking cars.
By the time I made it to the front door, Shay had jogged up to stand beside me. “Your dad is way cool!”
“You’re saying that to butter him up.”
“No, he is. Kieran says so, too.”
“What did he whisper to you at the end?” I asked.
He smiled gently and brushed his fingers over my cheek, tucking back my hair. “He told me to treat you better than I care for the car. He said a car can be replaced, and you can’t be.”
Now that was nice to hear. “And you said?”
“I promised I’d protect you with my life.”
About the Author:
USA Today bestselling and Award-Winning, Kristin D. Van Risseghem grew up in a small town along the Mississippi River with her parents and older sister. Currently, Kristin lives in Minnesota with her husband and two Calico cats. She also loves attending book clubs, going shopping, and hanging out with friends. She has come to realize that she absolutely has an addiction to purses and shoes. They are her weakness and probably has way too many of both.
In the summer months, Kristin can usually be found lounging on her boat, drinking an ice cold something. Being an avid reader of YA and Women’s Literature stories, she still finds time to read a ton of books in-between writing. And in the winter months, her main goal is to stay warm from the Minnesota cold!
Kristin’s books are published by Kasian Publishing LLC.
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Quick Reasons: intriguing, promising premise; love triangle meet instalove meet fated love meet unexplained girl hate; there was a LOT happening in this book; the “magic” could use a bit of expansion/work; Zoe wasn’t as interesting as I hoped she’d be
Huge thanks to Kristin D. Van Rissegham, Kasian Publishing LLC, and Lola’s Blog Tours for granting me free digital access to this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.
This book had HUGE potential, penguins. I was intrigued and entertained throughout, always wanting to know where the plot was leading or what was bound to happen next. There were some well-written, heart-wrenching moments–most of which had Zoe and Shay alone, exploring their feelings (and each other). I felt the plot was complex and dynamic, and had just enough going on to entice and enthrall me. Overall, this was an amusing, fun read.
The characters were, for the most part, also well-rounded and vibrantly detailed. There were little notes about each that Kristin D. Van Rissenghem took care to include–such as wing color, tattoo intricacies, and nervous habits. Each character felt individualized and unique, and each brought their own flair into this story. I especially liked that we had several different perspective shifts throughout this book–it helped to break up the “monotonous” moments and make things more lively.
But…there were also things that didn’t work for me, personally. For one thing, as I mentioned above, there were A LOT of different “love” connections happening. We had the love triangle, the instalove, the fated lovers…and a few others that I won’t take the time to list out, because then we’d all be confused. While I understand this was an attempt to pair the key players off or whatnot, it felt like TOO many feelings happening. Sure, don’t get me wrong–Eternals need love in their lives, too. It just felt a bit like awkward timing, with a supposed huge war on the horizon. Zoe, in particular, seemed more focused on her love life (and on being a “normal” teenager) than on the impending danger. On top of this, these tropes at times felt a bit connived or forced–I didn’t FULLY buy into any of the romances, to be honest, mostly because they happened way too quickly.
Overall, while this was an engaging and promising beginning to a new series, I had a few minor issues with it as well. The characters were vibrant and entertaining, the snark was on point, but the romance aspect in the long run didn’t work for me. I’d still recommend this to lovers of mythological creatures, the battle between good and evil, and characters who take a few hard knocks before coming to terms with their “destinies.” This one didn’t sweep me completely off my feet as a reader…but maybe it will you. Give it a go, maybe?