YA Paranormal Romance
Date Published: 10/31/2013
Experience THE BALLAD OF TAM LIN like you’ve never read it before…
It has been seven years since Jeanette Sauderheim followed her best friend into Carver Hall Park…and came out alone. Jeanette has never gotten over his mysterious disappearance nor has she gone back into the park. While that traumatic night still haunts her, Jeanette distracts herself by balancing her time between trying to pass Spanish, hanging out with her friends, and reading the latest manga.
But, when a promise to a friend drives her back into the park, she’s forced to re-live the memories of that night. Lost and confused, Jeanette crosses paths with Tamrin, whose violent reaction to her provides yet another reason to avoid the park.
Tamrin, a knight of the Summer Court, has been sent to Earth to guard a garden of roses that hold special meaning to the queen of the Summer faeries. When his distraction at meeting Jeanette leads to her picking one of the Summer Queen’s roses, Tamrin vows to right his failure to do his duty.
However, the equivalent of one of the queen’s roses is a human heart and Tamrin’s reluctance to readily exact the sum from Jeanette sets in motion a spiral of love, betrayal, and magic that could mean damnation for them both.
Getting to Know The FOR YOUR HEART Characters (2):
Jeanette’s interview before the book
1. What’s your name?
2. How do you spend your days?
I go to school at Mary Magda Academy. After school I usually hang out with my friends. Most of the time, it’s Emily. During the summer I work at an ice cream stand by the lake. I also do homework and help my dad out around the house.
3. Have you always lived in Carver Hall, CT?
Actually, I was born in Nice, France. We moved to Carver Hall when my father got his job at Mary Magda when I was 1.
4. What are some of your hobbies?
Reading, watching tv, cosplay, going to conventions.
5. What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
My mom’s pancakes. I have her recipe and make them the way she taught me, but they’re just not the same.
6. If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I’d like to go back to Nice one day. It would be good to see where my mother grew up.
7. What’s the best gift you’ve ever given?
I gave Emily a whole boxed set of Vampire Knight for her birthday last summer. I used my whole week’s wages to get those from Cosmic Comics for her.
8. And what’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
My best friend, Timmy, gave me this little gold cross for my birthday when I was seven. I never take it off.
9. What ability or skill do you most wish you had?
I wish I could speak Spanish.
10. What is/was your favorite subject in school?
Does lunch count as a subject? It’s the only class I have with all my friends.
11. What’s the biggest problem facing the world right now?
Um…Gosh, there are so many, how do you even start?
12. If you alone could solve it, how would you do it?
It would be kind of cool to have a super power…
13. What’s your dream job?
Oh geez, I don’t even know what I want to go to college for, let alone what I want to do for a job. I guess maybe be a voice over actor for Funimation or something.
14. If you had to choose only one: cat or dog?
I love cats!
15. What’s your favorite movie of all time?
Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki
16. Aside from food, water, and shelter, what one thing could you not go a day without?
A good book!
17. In everyday life, what is your number one pet peeve?
When my friends act like asshats for no reason.
18. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Find out about your acquaintance’s short-term plans.
I want to go to college, I don’t know what for yet. Hopefully I’ll figure it out after taking some classes.
19. Where do you see yourself in 20 years? And now find out about the long-term.
Good career, married to the man of my dreams, a couple of kids. You know, basic American dream.
20. What do you want to know from the readers?
I’d love to know what they’re reading and watching. Fantasy and paranormal only please! Manga and anime more than welcome!
My ****4 Star**** Review
*This is an Upper YA paranormal romance novel with NA and contemporary fantasy appeal.
Heartwarming, Heart-stopping, Suspenseful, Passion-filled, Dreadful, and Awe-inspiring!
These are just some of the adjectives I’d use to describe this book! I was sucked in from the start. I really enjoyed the characters and the very real and timeless issues they faced. But, there were also huge problems from the fantasy aspect that added even more intrigue. The story was anticipation-building right up to the hold-your-breath ending! This story took me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions!
There were just a couple things that bugged me while I was reading. One, some of the fantasy terms weren’t explained at first. They were later explained in an easy to understand manner, though, and this became a complete non-issue. Two, some of their actions seemed completely unrealistic. For instance, Jeanette decides to make Tamrin pancakes after he threatens her life. What??? Yeah, well, can you beleive that despite some silly things like that creeping in, I really, really liked this book! 4 STARS!!!!
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
About the Author
A.L. Davroe writes both YA and adult speculative fiction. Her debut YA paranormal romance novel, FOR YOUR HEART, releases October 31, 2013. By day, she lives in Connecticut her two feline hench-creatures. She’s a terrible blusher, has a weak spot for cuddly animals, loves Laffy Taffy and Cadbury MiniEggs, and she’s a huge advocate of alternative healing methods. She also wears Vibram five-finger toe shoes and corsets…Though not always in the same ensemble. She’s a Capricorn, a Hufflepuff, and a few nuggets short of a Happy Meal.
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