Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Witch Avenue Series Blog Tour: Review of Released Souls & Giveaway

The Witch Avenue Series Tour
Books 1-3: Lonely Souls, Altered Souls, Released Souls*(Review)*
by Karice Bolton
Hosted by AToMR Tours

Lonely Souls
It's two weeks before Triss turns 18, and her world is about to change into the most magical one imaginable as she readies herself to enter The Witch Avenue Order... that is until her mother's disappearance. Instead of celebrating her transformation, she finds herself spreading rose petals into her mother's empty grave.

When Logan, her best friend from junior high, moves back to town for college, he vows to help her find the answers she so desperately seeks surrounding her mother's disappearance. As they begin uncovering clues, it becomes apparent that the life of white magic they both grew up loving is not what the majority practices, and their lives are in danger.

With a haunting feeling that her mother may still be alive, she begins to hear a call to the wilderness. Triss realizes that in order to find the answers she needs, she must learn the ways of her ancestors and become the hunter, not the hunted before it's too late, and she becomes part of the lonely souls.


Altered Souls

The realm of Altered Souls brings nothing but unrest, deceit, and pain forcing Triss to come face to face with heartbreak from her past.

Facing a betrayal like never before, Triss questions everything she thought she knew about her family, coven, and abilities.

With the help of Logan, she embarks on a journey enabling her to confront the dark side of magic and the person who controls it. Realizing Triss’s ancestors have been seduced for centuries by the dark side, Triss and Logan must ensure no more in their world fall victim to the realm of Altered Souls, even if that means ending the ones they love.


Released Souls

Triss and Logan’s love is becoming stronger by the day as they harness the powers between them, but will that make them blind to the evil they’re facing? 
After uncovering startling information about her family, Triss is determined to right the wrongs of her ancestors. Triss and Logan uncover who has infiltrated the covens across the globe, and they realize the plans of the dark side are far more sinister than they’d ever imagined.

As the power of this hidden world is exposed, Triss learns her role in the covens. With Logan, Dace and Bakula’s assistance, Triss is now able to fully realize the abilities her ancestors have given her.

It won’t be long until the dark forces regain their strength, especially as their leader, Eben, continues his quest for a power that can never be revoked. Triss must stop him before it is too late.

I started reading this series because I love anything about witches and magic and this series had them in spades. I don't know what I am going to do when this series ends, but it hasn't yet so I will relish each and every word. Released Souls is the third book of the series and while I have seen some that think this was the last book - it isn't- WooHoo! Released Souls continues on with Triss and Logan as they grow in both their relationship and their magic. I love Triss and Logan together; they are one of my favorite literary couples. Logan is always by Triss's side and even though they don't get much time to breathe, they manage to steal away sweet moments in time. I wish that we could see a little bit more of their behind the scenes relationship (if you know what I mean), but that would mean upping the genre to Upper YA, which to me is totally feasible.

Triss has learns some things about her family and their past and wants to right the wrongs of her ancestors. This girl would take on the entire world if she could. She is stubborn and at some times overzealous in her pursuit of those who she is up against, but she feels that she has a duty to herself, her family and the covens. The covens were infiltrated across the globe and Triss and Logan uncover who it is, and it rocks their world. With the help of Logan, Dace and Bakula, Triss sets out to uncover the plans that Eben has created. Oh, and the plan that includes the fairies from Altered Souls (I knew they would be important!) and depending on who can can get to it first may determine the fate of every witch.

Triss matures so much in Released Souls. Even when she is faced with the possibility that some people may not be who she thought they were, she stays strong. She is finally coming into her own as a full witch and with each new power she accrues, she becomes a more formidable opponent. Especially a specific new power that makes her a very rare type of witch, which definitely comes in handy for what she encounters. I know I already said how much I love Triss and Logan, but I will say it again: they are great together and Logan lets Triss be herself and gives her strength without overpowering who she is and what she wants.

Overall, I would recommend the entire Witch Avenue Series to everyone. Released Souls is for anyone who likes magic, both light and dark, witches, warlocks, romance and a great plot. Plus, Released Souls is full of beautiful writing, action, mystery, curses, spells, evil witches, fairies, and sweet romance. What is not to like? Now lets talk about the ending, which I can't because no spoilers allowed, but just let me say this: WTH?!!!! Huge cliffhanger and just wow, I am speechless. I am waiting excitedly, and somewhat patiently(not!) for the 4th book which is supposed to be released sometime in the spring!! 

FTC Advisory: I was given a copy of this book from the author for an honest review as part of a blog tour. No backroom deals or whispered promises were made.

As a tour special Lonely Souls will be FREE on all purchase sites until the end of the tour! Go get yours, right now!

Karice married the love of her life who she met in high school, and she still can't get over how cute and funny he is. They have two English Bulldogs that are the sweetest bullies in the world, and they use their cuteness to get what they want. Karice loves the snow and gravitates towards the stuff as often as possible! She enjoys skiing and tries really hard to snowboard, but often makes a nice little area to sit while everyone zips by on their board. She enjoys writing, and she also loves to read just about anything with print.

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