Today on my blog I have the Burning Blog tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, review, and giveaway.
ELANA K. ARNOLD completed her M.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction at the University of California, Davis. She grew up in Southern California, where she was lucky enough to have her own horse--a gorgeous mare named Rainbow--and a family who let her read as many books as she wanted. She lives in Long Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. She is represented by Rubin Pfeffer of the East/West Literary Agency. Sacred is her debut novel.
Ben: Having just graduated from high school, Ben is set to leave Gypsum, Nevada. It's good timing since the gypsum mine that is the lifeblood of the area is closing, shutting the whole town down with it. Ben is lucky: he's headed to San Diego, where he's got a track scholarship at the University of California. But his best friends, Pete and Hog Boy, don't have college to look forward to, so to make them happy, Ben goes with them to check out the hot chick parked on the side of Highway 447.
Lala: She and her Gypsy family earn money by telling fortunes. Some customers choose Tarot cards; others have their palms read. The thousands of people attending the nearby Burning Man festival spend lots of cash--especially as Lala gives uncanny readings. But lately Lala's been questioning whether there might be more to life than her upcoming arranged marriage. And the day she reads Ben's cards is the day that everything changes for her. . . and for him.
I recently got into contemporary romance books this year and one of my favorite authors is Elana. She has a way of pulling you into her world and makes you care for the characters and what they are going through.
Ben and Lala meet at a turning point in their lives. He is leaving the small town he has always known for college. Lala is a fortune telling gypsy whose whole life has been mapped out for her. She is bound to an arranged marriage but she starts to question her whole way of life due to the books she reads. They meet one day when Ben’s friends drag him to see the hot fortune telling girl. But while Lala reads his tarot cards something happens to them both and both of their eyes are opened to what could be a possible change of course in their lives.
I really loved how the story is told from both Ben and Lala. Seeing the world through two different perspectives really gives the story more meaning and we get to fully see how each one lives. Everything flows so well in this world. Not once did I get lost or find myself bored with this story. I really enjoyed the way Elana describes the Gypsy ways and customs. We see just how strong in their beliefs they have but that it can be strict and sometimes the rules can be bent, however family bonds can be severely broken when their lifestyle is threatened.
Lala is not like most teen girls. She thinks before she acts instead of letting her emotions run her unlike Ben who lets his emotions over ride his thinking. This makes the story work so well and leaves you wondering if you should always think before you do something or if you should let your emotions take over and lead you in a different direction. 4/5 Bloody Fangs
Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to Thank Elana for letting me review your book and Thank Book Nerd Tours for letting me participate in this tour. Make sure you check out the other stops on the TOUR as there is different things on each stop. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below.