Blog Tour + Giveaway: City of Secrets - Aiofe Marie Sheridan

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

“You have been touched by the hands of God.”


City of Secrets - Aiofe Marie Sheridan
Title: City of Secrets
Author: Aoife Marie Sheridan
Publisher: Synerg e-books
Published: December 5, 2013

BLURB:

Sarajane finds herself in the middle of a war… a war over her. While in the City of Secrets, she must learn to use her powers that God gave her to defeat a fallen angel, who wants nothing more than to walk on earth. But will she stop Lucian, the fallen angel in time… even with Tristan and Carew at her side?

A war awaits her arrival.
A warrant for her arrest.
She must rise as a princess,
And Darkness shall fall.

But will their love survive this war?
For Tristan and Sarajane?

Step back into Saskia. 




Purchase Links:

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My thoughts:

This book is as whimsical as the first book, even better.  The continuation of Sarajane's journey to Saskia with a lot of twist and turns, bumps, trials and bittersweet scenes.  It is borderline morbid, though.  The very vivid details of war and abduction, there are times I just want to mute or close my eyes during those part because of how it is depicted that clearly!

I love a story within a story, from the willow in the first book to Suraga in this one?  I am beyond the moon when I read Suraga's story.  I cannot contain how pleased I am that there was a background story about Suraga.  Suraga's story is something I keep on backtracking and looking forward to while reading.  Suraga is a progressing character in this book.  To summarize her story, she took a devil's bargain, and we all know what happens in a bargain with a devil, tricks and deception.  I feel bad for Suraga, I really do but her power, beauty (and beast) and her personality are also things to consider.  I just love how Suraga and Sarajane, the past and the present meet.  A very gripping story within a story that is executed well.  Can you see how I love this part?  Because I really do.

This book has showed different sides.  It has covered betrayal for self-enrichment, which happens most of the time even in the first book. The significance of power and death.  There are a lot more but these three reflect the book so much.  The greed of people to benefit themselves, to take such means just to have an advantage for themselves.  What great power a person can behold and how great is the responsibility in its return.  Lastly, death, and in a way grief.  It has its complexity to make someone numb and go crazy to do things to save someone, or it can uplift you to go through your mission.  In all these three, it has made an impact on me because it also shows reality, these things are also what happens in real life and I am pleased to know that even in this fantasy with all the war is happening there is a moral that keeps on attaching this book with reality.  That or I am over-analyzing this book, LOL.

Carew.  This guy is someone whom I unexpectedly fell in love with.  I can sum up what is this about this guy.  He is an exile, he is a good person but needed to do something to save himself and take revenge for his family.  His intentions justifies what he has done but it still does not mean it is acceptable.  Let's not dwell on that because Carew is such a refreshing character to me.  He is the guard in this book.  He is Sarajane's guard and I love how he is strong, witty and selfless.  He is still an enigma and I savor his rare smiles (and hugs).  *coughs Can I have some too? coughs*  I think it is impossible not to be touched by this guy, he has a lot of baggage but his story also shows how he is as a person and my goodness, he is a good guy.

Having met Carew, I thought this story will have a love triangle, but it does not.  I can see how Sarajane is very loyal to Tristan and will never reciprocate anything to Carew (maybe just the concern for his and Mei's safety).  She is just confused what is Carew's position.  Why is it always Carew that shows up? that saves her?  It is still a question for me but I would like to believe that Carew is Sarajane's guardian of sorts.  Or since Tristan is taken, he can be mine *wink wink.*  Kidding aside, Sarajane, Carew and Tristan make me remember The Selection Series by Kiera Cass.  The Prince and the Guard.  They are like these characters in a sense but in a more fantasy-way.

I want to tell you how much I am very much in love with Tristan!  But I will leave the swooning aside because the romance in this book is too overwhelming.  Amidst the war, Sarajane and Tristan's romance is stronger.  It shows that they do have arguments like a real couple and how they have a love bubble themselves.  I am still flailing here!

I am ecstatic that the author was able to keep up with the standard she put on this sequel.  She has manipulated her characters very well, she has created a climax and has put a reader in a conundrum in a very timed way.  I can swoon over this book again and again, as much as I feel like she left me in a cliff-hanger, I will say I am still satisfied because normally a second book in a trilogy can be very boring and dragging but this one steps-up, City of Secrets opened up secrets and has made me delve into their world in a very invigorating way.  City of Secrets has been a whirlwind journey, it has answered some questions, developed new ones and it has that feeling of progression, the story continues.

I need the last book, ASAP! #TristanSarajane!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Giveaway:

Author Bio:
Aoife Maire Sheridan is twenty eight years of age. She lives in Kells, Co. Meath, a small town just outside Navan. Aoife was raised in Navan but left with her family at the age of sixteen. Aoife has always had a passion for writing but mostly poetry. This is her first time to write a novel.

Aoife Marie Sheridan studied Accountancy and qualified as an accountant technician. She worked in this profession for several years but with the economic downturn she was made redundant.

Aoife Marie Sheridan now works in retail as well as spending endless hours reading and writing.


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-     Jassie


2 sprinkled sunshines:

Camelle Rogando said...

Hi Jas! Thank you so much for reading the books and I'm so glad you loved it <3

I can't wait for the third book too! LOL

Aoife Marie Sheridan said...

Wow, wow and wow. Thank you so much for an amazing review. The way you see past the story and the lesson in it, is amazing. So thank you for reading and reviewing City of Secrets. I will have the final book back from the editor soon. :)

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