Today on my blog I have The Wasteland Blog Tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, excerpt, review, and giveaway.
In another world, one far removed in time and space altogether, a timeless journey awaits. The path is steep, the road is long, and it encompasses a wild evil. Here, in a place entirely different from our own, we discover the lost remains of a once vast empire and a love story long forgotten.
In The Wasteland, set against a barren landscape, we find a terrified woman named Lylah. She races along the overgrown highways of a war-torn country, pursued by a deadly enemy. Try as she might, Lylah remembers nothing about her past or who she is. Without quite meaning to, she stumbles upon a sinister forest and a small tribe of people. They have dark skin and hair. They speak in thick accents. Nothing about them is familiar, but at least they’re safe.
As she struggles to unlock the keys to her past, Lylah falls deeply in love with this primitive way of life…a way of life she’s never known before. The tribe’s leader is a fearless man they call “Matteo.” He is formidable and abrasive, but Lylah is inexplicably drawn to him.
In spite of uncertainty, one thing remains: an evil force governs this rugged land. The Opposition uses its power to oppress the tribes-people and they are quickly closing in on Lylah. Will she summon the courage to face her past in time? Somehow, Lylah’s memories hold secrets that could destroy the Opposition and break its tyrannical power.
“I began to panic. My lungs constricted until they hurt; my
heart pounded faster and harder, but to no avail. I was running
out of air. I wanted to curl into myself, but I couldn’t.
My body lay lifeless—flat on the ground.
Tears clouded my vision. They trailed onto the dirt beneath
my head as I wheezed frantically.
I lay like this for what seemed like hours—pounding heart,
wheezing breath, tears pouring silently from my eyes. I mourned
to the best of my ability (though I didn’t know what I’d lost). It’s
just that I was an incomplete person; a chunk of me was missing,
and I physically longed to be put back together.
Then, finally, mercifully, the sky began to change. The black
night slowly changed to a dim glow. The darkness wasn’t suffocating
me like it had been before.
It was then that I saw a shadow above me—a dark outline of
a man standing close by.
Where had he come from?
I hadn’t even heard him approach.
He squatted down next to me and stared until he looked more
like a statue, and he glowed ever so slightly.
Blinking rapidly, I cleared the tears from my eyes and searched
for him again.
Was he real?
But there he was, watching me with those green eyes—a
large, muscular, glowing man. His frame towered over me. Oddly
enough, his presence was a great comfort.
He bent down and gathered my limp body in his arms,
bringing me unimaginably close to his warm, glowing chest.
This is all I can remember—this, and the joy of sinking into a
blank, dreamless sleep.” (page 33, The Wasteland)
This book grabbed me from the first chapter as it’s written in such a way as if the narrator is speaking to the reader directly. Which I thought was very unique and clever way to start it. But don’t worry the author does change up the rest of the book to first POV. As for the story itself Emily writes such a beautiful love story that it captured my attention and didn’t let go. As the story goes we see the heroine Lylah trying to get her memory back. Which at times did get annoying as I wanted more history on the amazing world Emily has created but if I was Lylah I would spend most of my time doing that also. As this is the first book in the series I am hoping we get more of the history and more of the beautiful love story that is happening. 3/5 Bloody Fangs
Emily is a mother, writer, photographer, and home-schooler. She loves family, thrift shopping, chai lattes, good books, nature, and learning new things. She strives to find beauty and divinity in imperfect things…she searches for God in the earthy and the grit and the ordinary and the joyful stuff of life.
She lives in Texas with her husband and five children.
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