Friday, January 17, 2014

Book Tour: The Promise by Apryl Baker

The Promise (Coven #1)
Release Date: 08/25/13

Summary from Goodreads:

Armed with kick-ass shoes, can CJ stop a maniacal coven leader, save the town, and still get Mr. Melt In Your Mouth Gorgeous while surviving the darkness coming for her?

The smoke from the fire burned her eyes, its heat caressed her skin and the taste of fear choked her. She was going to burn just as her ancestor did all those centuries ago in New Salem Village. How could she have been so wrong about everything?

Cassie Jayne Bishop grew up the only non-believer in town of Coven. When a stranger comes to the sleepy town of New Salem, everything she thought was true unraveled around her. Ethan made her question everything, even her sister’s death. Clues start to pile up and Cassie is determined to find out if the Coven was the real reason her sister died.

What she uncovers terrifies her to the very depths of her soul....

My Review:

I loved this book. As soon as I started reading it I knew I would finish it in one sitting. It flowed really well and kept my attention effortlessly. The characters are very well developed and the story was quite interesting to me.

I can't imagine what it would be like to grow up in a town where everyone is a believer of witchcraft, if not an active member of the coven. The book really made me think about how I felt about people that go through life believing something so strongly that they will sacrifice everything for it.

The character of Cassie is fun and easy to relate to. She is not a believer of witchcraft, even though everyone tries to convince her to join the Coven. She accepts that everyone around her believes in it and never puts them down or treats them differently for having different beliefs than her. She is a really well adjusted teenager and I wish all teens could be like that in real life.

Things start to go wonky when Mr. Melt In Your Mouth Gorgeous , Ethan, comes into town. She is instantly attracted to him. I enjoyed their relationship, yet still wished that there had been more interest shown in Neighbor Boy Jeff. He was a real sweetheart through most of the book. I don't know why she had such a bad opinion of him at the beginning of the story. That was never explained, but he really came through for her a few times in the book.

I thought this book was good, though parts of it were pretty obvious and kept with today's trend of instant attraction, intense love, and sacrifice that I find in many YA books I have read lately. I was happily surprised by a few things, and the ending threw a great twist at me. I am honestly glad I read this and look forward to reading the next in the series.

I recommend this to anyone that enjoys a story with fun characters, a mystery, a curse, romance and witchcraft.

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About the Author

So who am I? Well, I'm the crazy girl with an imagination that never shuts up. I LOVE scary movies. My friends laugh at me when I scare myself watching them and tell me to stop watching them, but who doesn't love to get scared? I grew up in a small town nestled in the southern mountains of West Virginia where I spent days roaming around in the woods, climbing trees, and causing general mayhem. Nights I would stay up reading Nancy Drew by flashlight under the covers until my parents yelled at me to go to sleep.

I love books, I love writing books, and I love entertaining people with my silly stories.

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1 – audiobook of The Promise
5 – ebooks (mobi/PDF) of The Promise

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