Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Cerberus by P.K. Gallagher

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cerberusTitle: Cerberus: Book 1 of Parish

Author:  P.K. Gallagher

Genre: Paranormal YA Fantasy

Description:

For Kaeden Parish, life in Solace has always followed certain rules—everything makes sense, everything can be planned for, and everything is as it seems. Unfortunately, the secret harbored by his gorgeous, albeit guarded girlfriend is about to shatter all of that.

After a successful attack on his life opens his eyes to a world of war, shadows, and supernatural creatures—a world he didn’t plan for—Kaeden finds himself resembling the sort of monster he has always feared. As he desperately struggles to resist a new temptation, danger draws ever nearer, threatening the ones he loves most. A prophecy tells of a final battle and great destruction, and Kaeden must decide which side he is on, a choice that could mean the end of the world.

In Book 1 of the Solace Series, P.K. Gallagher pulls readers into a realm where good and evil are at war, and the outcome of it all rests on one young man’s decision to either go and live…or stay and die.

This is where the story of Parish begins.

Review:

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

Cerberus is a paranormal fantasy complete with vampires, dryyds, demons, fallen angels, and, of course, clueless humans. The action starts right away in a bookstore of all places. I don’t think I will be going to the dumpster behind my bookstore any time soon unless it’s in the light of day and there are plenty of people around.

Kaeden’s character is well developed and I felt his frustration throughout the book. A couple of times I wondered why in the world he couldn’t just do what he was told but then he wouldn’t be Kaeden.

I noticed a reference to It by Stephen King…love it! And what an ending! Now I have to wait for the next book in the series…

I definitely recommend Cerberus, especially if you like the vampire world. Available on Amazon.

 

pkgAbout the Author 

Despite writing stories that take place almost exclusively in New England, speculative young adult fiction author P. K. Gallagher has lived in the suburbs of the south her entire life. It is to this that she attributes her love of the fantastic and the supernatural—writing such things was her only escape from the monotony of Suburbia. Gallagher graduated from Florida A&M University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a fervent desire to never set foot inside a newsroom again.

She currently lives in Atlanta and divides her time between working a day job, finishing her works in progress, and perfecting her plans for world domination.

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Ends 10/25/13

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Confused about Young Adult Fiction?

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  • Young adult means that the target audience is young adults, somewhere between 12 and 18 years old. There are books written in all different genres for the young adult category. 
  • Just because a book is written from the point of view of a teenager doesn’t necessarily make it a young adult book.
  • Young Adult fiction is NOT just The Hunger Games, Twilight, and Divergent. 
  • Here is a good article explaining Young Adult fiction in more detail.

Review: Black Helicopters by Blythe Woolston

   

4-18-2013 8-06-32 PMTitle: Black Helicopters

 Author:  Blythe Woolston

 Genre:  Young Adult

 Publisher:  Candlewick

 Publication Date:  March 26, 2013

Description: Ever since Mabby died while picking beans in their garden — with the pock-a-pock of a helicopter overhead — four-year-old Valley knows what her job is: hide in the underground den with her brother, Bo, while Da is working, because Those People will kill them like coyotes. But now, with Da unexpectedly gone and no home to return to, a teenage Valley (now Valkyrie) and her big brother must bring their message to the outside world — a not-so-smart place where little boys wear their names on their backpacks and young men don’t pat down strangers before offering a lift. Blythe Woolston infuses her white-knuckle narrative, set in a day-after-tomorrow Montana, with a dark, trenchant humor and a keen psychological eye. Alternating past-present vignettes in prose as tightly wound as the springs of a clock and as masterfully plotted as a game of chess, she ratchets up the pacing right to the final, explosive end.

Review:

This is a chilling short novel that’s devastating and thought-provoking. It’s written well and is easy to follow even though it jumps back and forth between past and present. That said, the entire time I was reading it, all I could think of was that I would not want my 14 or 15 year old reading this because it’s so disturbing.

I don’t think it’s a book that young adults would like but I do think it would be a good choice for any adult who is looking for an intense reading experience. Available on Barnes & Noble.