Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Onyx Talisman Blog Tour (Review & Kindle Giveaway!)


Summary/Cover Image from Goodreads:

Unrest stirs deep in Scotts Valley. Filled with uncertainty, Julia anxiously awaits Nicholas’ return. Phil, hurt and unsure of his place as a sober vampire, holds the pieces of Julia’s fragile psyche together, secretly hoping Nicholas stays away forever. Scarlett bides her time, plotting for the perfect moment to prove herself and earn redemption. But somewhere in L.A., Alora conspires to reclaim her talisman and strip Julia of everything she holds dear.

Little do they know, a war is coming and more than one vampire would like to see the Prince of Vampires overthrown. As more and more vampires show up from nowhere, addicted to her scent, Julia must pick her allies carefully before it’s too late. Can Julia bargain with fate? When the time comes, will she even have a choice? Find out how it all ends in this explosive grand finale of The Talisman Trilogy.
Review:

Ever since I stumbled upon The Emerald Talisman, the first book in the Talisman series, I've been a huge fan of this series as well as Brenda Pandos. Brenda always manages to write such spectacular books that are plot as well as character driven, so to say I was pumped to read The Onyx Talisman, the last in the series, is a serious understatement. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next, and I had inkling that Brenda would figure out the perfect way to end the series. Luckily, my prediction was right on, as not only did I fully enjoy the ending she gave as well as the surprises it threw my way. Best of all, The Onyx Talisman has to be the best books of hers thus far!

The Onyx Talisman wastes no time jumping into action. From the first page, the reader is throttled right back into Julia and Nicolas' world as the clock strikes down to a vampire war, one that may mean the end of vampires as well as everything Julia has learned to love as well as abhor in the recent year. The action in this one was nonstop, and as everything got even more tense, my fingers were glued to the pages, because I needed to know what would happen next. Would Julia and her friends win against the vampires as well as Alora? Would Julia end up with Phil or Nicholas? Both of these questions as well as others kept swirling around in my head, and as the ending approached, I was not only given answers but action and plot twists I never anticipated.

What I enjoyed most about this book, however, was the characters. Over the past three books, I've grown to really enjoy reading about Julia, Nicholas, Phil, Sam, and the rest of the gang, and in this one it was no different. Julia grew even more kick ass in this one, rising to fight every task and challenge thrown her way, no matter what the consequences. What I also enjoyed about Julia's character was seeing how her friendship with Phil as well as Sam developed, because Phil is just hilarious, and it was also intriguing to see how Brenda expanded Sam's character and used her to help move the book along. Last but not least... Nicholas: there were some big surprises thrown in with his character, and while sometimes I worried that everything wouldn't end perfectly, Brenda still perfectly handled and developed his character to the best potential, and best of all, readers once again get to see his relationship with Julia continue to bloom.

Lastly, I have to mention the ending. I'm not going to give anything away, but I will say it absolutely rocked. It was everything I wanted it to be and much, much more. The final surprise thrown in at the end, though, had to be the best part, because even on the last page there was still that element of surprise I just love in a book.

Romantic, suspenseful, and wonderfully executed, The Onyx Talisman is a stasfying conclusion to the Talisman series. I'm extremely eager to read more by Brenda, especially if her future books involve characters from this trilogy.

Grade: A+

The Onyx Talisman as well prequels are now available in ebook as well as paperback formats.

Source: Author/Publisher for Blog Tour

As part of the blog tour, we, the participates, were also asked to write a little letter to Brenda, so without a further ado here's mine:

Brenda,

As much as I loved
The Onyx Talisman and the ending it offered, I hate to see it end. I can't believe I won't have another Julia and Nicholas book to look forward to, but the fact that there's an upcoming Mer Tales book and the possibility of a spin off series makes the pain a little better. :)

Amazingly, I've worked with your on a blog tour for everyone of your books so far, and I hope that continues in the future. Your'e such a fabulous person, and I thank you for giving my blog a chance when it came to promoting your books. It means a lot to me! Anyhow, keep writing, because not only do I LOVE your books, but I think know you have a very, very promising career in front of you. :)

Lauren


As part of the tour, Brenda is also offering up one Kindle (value $79), 3 Signed physical copies of Onyx, and 3 Ebooks of Onyx (Kindle or Nook) for giveaway. If you haven't entered already, make sure you do below.


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You can find previous tour stops as well as future ones by following the links below:


March 19- Jaime @ Two Chicks On Books (hostess who's the mostest)
March 21- Krystal @ Live to Read
March 22- Audris @ YA Bookmark
March 24- Heather @ Proud Book Nerd
March 25- Eleni @ La Femme Readers
March 26- Yara @ Once Upon A Twilight
March 29- Heather @ Nightly Reading
March 30- Valia @ VLSimplicity
April 1- Emily @ Red House Books
April 2- Reader Girls

2 comments:

  1. I'm grinning ear to ear over this review! Thank you so much! I enjoy working with you and hope to continue with more tours. Your faith in my ability is so kind. Hugs to you!

    Brenda

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