Monday, May 19, 2014

Release Day Launch and Review!- Goddess Born by Kari Edgren

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch and Blog Tour for Kari Edgren's GODDESS BORN!! GODDESS BORN is a New Adult Historical Paranormal Romance being published by Carina Press.

Title:  Goddess Born
Author:  Kari Edgren
Publication Date: May 19th 2014 by Carina Press (first published January 1st 2014)
Goodreads URL: HERE
Plot:   Pennsylvania, 1730

Selah Kilbrid keeps a dangerous secret: she has the power to heal.

A direct descendent of the Celtic goddess Brigid, it's Selah's sacred duty to help those in need. But as the last of the Goddess Born living in the New World, she learned from an early age to keep her supernatural abilities hidden. The Quaker community of Hopewell has always been welcoming, but there's no doubt they would see her hanged if her gift was revealed.

When a prominent minister threatens to try her with witchcraft unless she becomes his wife, Selah has only one hope--that her betrothed, a distant cousin from Ireland, arrives as planned. Marrying Samuel would keep her secret safe, preserve her sacred bloodline, and protect her from being charged as a witch.

But when news of Samuel's death reaches the Colonies, Selah is truly on her own. Terrified, she faces an impossible choice--forfeit her powers and marry the loathsome Nathan? Or find an imposter to pose as her husband and preserve her birthright?

111,000 words

 My Review 

Goddess Born had a nice mixture of historical fiction as well as supernatural and societal themes.

The main character, Selah, is a direct descendant of the Celtic goddess Brigid and has the power to heal.

Where she lives, they are very superstitious and find any oddities to be witchcraft. Since Selah is very different, naturally eyes fall onto her and suspicions arise,

Not to mention.... when her betrothed dies at sea, and a threat is made for her hand in marriage in exchange to keep her magic a secret, what will she do? And when the evil she had thought turns out not to be, what will her fate be?

My thoughts: Goddess Born was a refreshing spin on the 1700's when women were often looked as subservient than men and married off and looked at as mere property.

It was nice to see the divide in this instance with Selah as she does not fall into that norm (in fact, she rejects it). And on top of that, battles with the secret of keeping her gift a secret in check while trying to live her life and helping people in need.

The author Kari Edgren does interweave a nice amount twists and turns into the plot as I did not know what to expect in the end. I'm not saying that everything was perfect though, it did have some instances of predictability but I did enjoy the story as a while nonetheless.

So over all, a very original, creative, and refreshing read!!

*I was provided an ARC via Inkslinger PR in conjunction for the release launch. Thank you!!*

My Rating:

-Overall : 8

-Plot : 8
-Writing : 8
-Characters : 8
-Cover : 8.5

 About the Author 
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Kari Edgren did not dream of becoming a writer. Instead, she dreamed of everything else and was often made to stay inside during kindergarten recess to practice her letters. Despite doting parents and a decent school system, Ms. Edgren managed to make it through elementary school having completed only one book cover to cover – The Box Car Children, which she read approximately forty-seven times. Things improved during high school, but not until she read Gabrielle Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude in college, did she truly understand the power of a book.

Ms. Edgren aspires to be a Vulcan, a world-acclaimed opera singer, and two inches taller. She resides in the Pacific NW where she spends a great deal of time torturing her husband and children with strange food and random historical facts. Ms. Edgren hasn’t stopped dreaming, but has finally mastered her letters enough to put the stories on paper.

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