Monday, April 1, 2013

Blog Tour: Release by Nicole Hadaway Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway

Happy Monday everyone!! Today I am happy to be taking part in the Release blog tour. On my stop will be my review, an interview, and tour wide giveaway. For the full tour schedule click on the banner to be taken to the tour page.

  • Publisher: Visionary Press Cooperative
  • Publication date: 1/3/2013
  • Source: eBook provided by Xpresso Book Tours for review
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 The old saying goes, “The ends justify the means”...

For vampire Miranda Dandridge, using her supernatural abilities to rescue children from impossible circumstances is her means to be a part of the human world that she loves so much, despite the atrocities of WWII.

For doctor Ben Gongliewski, saving his fellow Jews from the horrific death camps is an end for which he risks his own life every day, hiding his Jewish heritage while feigning loyalty the SS.

Neither Miranda nor Ben expects to find love in World War II Europe, but that is exactly what happens as they work for the Resistance. When the war draws to a close, it seems like the vampire and the doctor are free to start a future together. Yet the two forget just how far the Nazis will go to further their own evil ends.

Desperate times make for ruthless men as loves and lives are threatened, but, Miranda and Ben know that their world cannot go to hell, not by any means…

My Thoughts

I don't tent to read a lot of historical fiction, but I do like vampire novels, and this one sounded interesting. Humans and vampires is nothing new, but I liked that they were working together fighting for a cause they believe in. They are rescuing children and moving them to safe houses. I also loved how we get the history of how not only vampires, but werewolves and demons were created also. I did have a bit of a hard time with the somewhat large cast of characters and the third person POV that moves around a lot. I know some people really like that style, but to me it's hard to connect to the characters or story. I did like the book though.

Miranda is unusual for a vampire. Where most of her kind don't really care for humans very much and just think of them as a food source, she has compassion and a need to do good and help them. She is part of the Resistance during WWII helping rescue Jewish children from homes before the Nazi's come in and kill them. It's much easier to do with her vampire powers so she uses her abilities for good. She isn't against killing humans, though. She knows she needs to "eat". She just tries to leave the young or innocent alone if possible. I liked that she was very humanized for a vampire, but she never regrets that she is a vampire. It is who she is and she knows that. She is also a really great friend. Vanessa, a demon, and Rose, a werewolf are the other two girls who have been helping her carry out the rescues before Ben enters the picture, and she would do anything to keep them safe. I think that her love for Ben blinds her sometimes though, and she didn't see some things that were right in front of her. She also makes a lot of excuses for him because he's a human and she is so convinced that their minds are so different. I really did like her though. I thought in general she was a very strong character, with a few minor weaknesses that got the best of her at times.

Ben was a bit of an odd character for me. I didn't like or dislike him. He was just there. I think this is a lot because of the writing style. I wanted to believe he was a good guy. He's Jewish, but has to hide it, that's why these missions to save the children is so important to him. I think he kind of takes the reveal of vampires, werewolves, and demons a little too easily, but that's just me. His interests first were in Rose, but he then begins to fall for Miranda. I never really trusted him much though. He always seemed to get so worked up over "their cause" and "doing what's right". There was just something about him that bothered me, and it would almost go away at times when his love for Miranda was shining through, but it was still always there. I think he was just maybe a bit too passionate about what he believes to be right and it leads him in the wrong direction.

This started off really slow for me, but I did find myself enjoying the story after about halfway through. It seemed very long to me, and I don't know if it was the story taking a while to get into, the third person POV, or just my frame of mind at the time while reading it, but in the end I thought it was worth the read. Things get quite complicated for them and some pretty crazy things happen. I still never did really connect with the characters, but I did like most of them. I kind of figured where this story was going, but it was still entertaining to read. I thought that putting the vampires and demon elements in this time period and war was quite interesting and something that paranormal and historical fiction lovers will enjoy.

 Guest Post

How the idea for Release Came to Nicole

Miranda’s character had been in my head since 1987, as a way for me to put myself in The Lost Boys and ride up and down the Santa Clara boardwalk on the back of David’s motorcycle.  But, through the years, she’d stayed in my head, always jumping into someone else’s story.  Summer of 2008 found me reading a lot of paranormal books, such as the Blood Ties series and Twilight.  This was a departure from my usual British murder mysteries or historical fiction reads.  After reading Henry Fitzroy’s history through flashbacks in the novels, which made me wonder what Miranda was doing during pivotal world events, such as WWII.  Of course, she’d be against evil;, but I struggled with laying it all down into a full-fledged book.  Then I read Twilight, and something inside me clicked, and I found the voices I would use, and how to lay down each scene, and it all flowed nicely from there.

Great guest post. I love that Miranda was in your head as a way to put yourself in The Lost Boys!! I love that movie!! 

About the author

As a lawyer, Nicole Hadaway knows all about bloodsuckers and deals with the devil.  She currently lives in Texas where she pens such tales involving the supernatural, featuring her heroine, the vampire Miranda Dandridge.

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  1. Hmm.. this book sounds really interesting. I never would have guessed that this was a historical fiction peice of work. Thanks for sharing and awesome review Amy :D

    1. I don't tend to read a lot of historical, but this was good. It doesn't really focus a lot on the historical aspect of it, it's just the time it's set in really. Yes, we get a bit about the Nazi's and the war, but it isn't what the story is about.

  2. Great review, Amy! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hmm....not sure this would be for me. I have a tough time with third person and I don't read much historical fiction anymore. Great review!

    1. I did have quite a hard time with the third person writing. I have never been a big fan of it. I have enjoyed books written that way, but it's so hard for me to really connect, especially when it jumps around a lot.

  4. Great honest review, Amy! This sounds like a very interesting vampire book. I like the sound of the MC, especially since she's kind. Too bad it's a little too slow at first. Still, glad that you liked it!

  5. I loved reading how Miranda's character evolved.

  6. This sounds like something I could get into but lately I've been reading too many books that are off to a slow start. I may hold off on this one for now but I will definitely be checking it out! Thanks for the great, honest review Amy!

  7. Ahhh The Lost Boys. I used to love that movie so much, but I don't get how Nicole was riding on the back of David's motorcycle because I was already there. LOL

    This one doesn't sound up my alley, I'm not big on historicals and I am in a bit of a paranormal funk to be honest. But it sounds like it did have some really good things going for it. I love that you said it humaizes the vampires, I like that the MC had a conscience. Fabulous review, as always, Amy!

  8. Thanks for the great review!! Sounds interesting...

  9. First of all, gorgeous cover. Seriously beautiful.

    I have a hard time sometimes when there are so many points-of-view in a story. And it's moreso when you don't feel a strong connection to the mc. I'm glad you liked this, though. It sounds like a worthwhile read.

    Great review!

  10. Hmm, this does sound interesting. I like that the humans and vampires are working together for once. Sort of tired of the different creatures always being pitted against one another. Plus, I love the ides of the historical context. However, I think I made the right choice not signing up for this tour, because I am all about connecting to the characters, and third person POV that shifts a lot makes me crazy.

  11. Hmmmm....I'm so not a 3rd person kinda girl. It has to be GOOD for me to like it. I'm thinking I'll pass. Great review!

  12. Miranda sounds like a really great character, and I'm a little worried about the 3rd person POV and the large set of characters! It sounds like it can get disconnected at times, especially if it's not done properly! Also, I hate slow plots! It's one of my favorite parts of a book and a slow plot is pretty much the FIRST thing I point out in all of the books I don't love >.<

    Great review!


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