Welcome to the stop on blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours for a first book in a YA urban fantasy romance series – THE SPIRIT BREATHER by Bekah Harris. You will find in this post details about the book, author, my review, a giveaway link for Rafflecopter and the tour schedule.
Title: THE SPIRIT BREATHER
Author: Bekah Harris
Series: Native Guardians #1
Publication Date: October 1st 2017
Publisher: Dreamlake Media
Formats: Paperback, eBook
The Vampire Diaries meets Native lore in this dark fantasy romance.
An immortal guardian.
A soul-stealing enemy.
A dangerous, new power.
Only the Spirit Breather can stand against the darkness…
Months after surviving an assault that nearly claimed her life, Emily Morrow’s summer goal is to forget about the memories that lurk in her nightmares. So when her friends invite her on a post-grad camping trip in the mountains, she jumps at the chance to escape her haunting past, even for just a few days.
But even miles from home, Emily’s past is closer than ever.
When her best friend, Kadie, is snatched by the dark creatures nesting in the forest, Emily comes face to face with the truth behind her chilling past. Together, with the mysterious Joseph Stomper, who is much more than he seems, Emily must find the courage to embrace her role in a centuries-old prophecy and harness a dangerous gift before she loses everyone she loves.
With Kadie’s life hanging in the balance, will Emily learn to control her new power? Or will the darkness destroy them both?
Filled with deadly magic, frightening folklore, and forbidden romance, The Spirit Breather is a spine-tingling paranormal fantasy that will keep you turning pages well past your bedtime.
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What Readers are Saying:
“Sometimes a book will come along that will surprise and captivate you, it will draw you into the story and make you a part of the world. This is such a book!! This book was simply brilliant!!! I adored every minute of it.” – Natalie, A Book Lover’s Life
“It was so refreshing to open this book up to a new kind of story, with Native American characters taking center-stage and diving into an entire mythos of lore, spiritual awakening, latent magical powers, ageless sage leaders, and, naturally, angsty young people battling not only big scary monsters, but themselves in a conflict of deep personal struggle, of self discovery, of a painful past, and of a hopeful future.” – Dustin Street, Big Small Town Books
“The amount of detail and heart Harris put into her characters and setting make The Spirit Breather stand out from the crowd. The story is wildly entertaining, the characters are easy to love, the plot is carefully crafted, and the writing is lovely. This was a refreshing read and I’m looking forward to more about Joseph and Emily in the future.” – Amazon Customer
About the Author
Born and raised in the mountains of East Tennessee, Bekah Harris has been writing since she could hold a pencil. The beauty of her home in the Appalachian Mountains, along with the legends, myths, and folklore of that area, is what inspires the unique plots and settings captured in her young adult fiction. In addition to her love of all things fictional, Bekah is also a freelance writer and editor, an occasional adjunct professor, and a high school English teacher. When not working, Bekah can be found at home building block towers for her son to knock down, drinking coffee and watching Netflix with her husband.
Title: The Spirit Breather
Author: Bekah Harris
Series: Native Guardians #1
Publication Year: 2017
Genres: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Source: eARC via Rockstar Book Tours
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Recommendation: Recommended for YA readers who prefer shorter fantasy books, and don’t mind insta-love.
According to the prophesy, Emily Morrow would destroy the Raven Mockers forever, and even if it cost him is immortal soul, Joseph vowed their reign of terror would end.
This book had a solid story line that was filled with magic, a bit of drama and a few of not that smart actions from teenagers that kept the plot moving and a couple of interesting twists. The idea of this book was wonderful with its native American lore and unique magical world, however, I would have liked to see more world-building to better understand the magic system and Nunnehi people.
“What is your issue with me this morning, shifter?”
“My issue, warrior, is that you’re in danger of crossing a line forbidden by the laws of your people.”
The story was told in dual POV – Emily (human girl) and Joseph (Nunnehi warrior leader). The characters were likable enough and had their growth during the story, however, for some reason I didn’t connect to them on deep enough level to be emotionally invested in their lives. Because of that I didn’t feel deeply enough their pain, their struggles, their triumphs or other emotions, which left me in a position of just liking this book and nothing more.
The Nunnehi would never accept this. To his people, she was mortal, a lesser being. But to Joseph, Emily was oxygen and life – and he needed her like he had never needed anything in either existence.
The romance was missing sparks and chemistry, it felt like we were told that they fell in love but we were not showed how that happened, however, the romance still was sweet because we could embrace it trough Joseph’s POV, so maybe the main problem was that we didn’t fully see and feel Emily’s love for Joseph from her POV.
“He will never hurt you again. Nothing will ever hurt you again.”
What he said was more like an oath. She knew she shouldn’t allow herself to believe him, but, somehow, she did. She was safe with him.
There was some action, some danger and suspense. There was beautiful friendship, loyalty and secrets coming to life. There was intriguing magic and prophecy, character growth and sweet but forbidden romance. It had everything needed for an amazing story, but at the end I was entertained but it just didn’t manage to get my heart involved.
“Are you ready for this?” Joseph asked.
Emily snapped her head in his direction. “Does it matter? Kadie’s my best friend. Right now, I don’t care who or what you say I am. I’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back.”
Also this book was just too short for a good YA fantasy. I believe that fantasy has to be around 400 pages long instead of 200, so it could better develop the world and let me deeper connect to the characters and their journey. Therefore, this should have been a two book duet instead of four book series, just the first and last two books should have been combined in one.
You are the Spirit Breather,” Joseph said, “savior of the Cherokee people and protector of humankind. You are the rescuer of captive souls and destroyer of the Raven Mockers. That is who you are.”
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