Insight Blog Tour



Before that fateful summer night, Willow had balanced the insight of emotion, and the vivid images. That night, the figure in her nightmare marked her wrist with a star, giving her father no choice but to tell Willow a family secret that would abruptly change life, as she knew it, forever. Before Willow had time to absorb the shock of her father’s secret, her soul mate that had shared every stunning dream with her, found her, and darkness captured her closest friends. In order to save them, she must weave through broken myths and the undeniable power of the Zodiac. In the end, Willow discovers that at the moment of our birth we are all given a divine gift.
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My Review

First, I must say that this isn’t my first time reading Insight. I actually read it after getting it free on Amazon some time ago. I didn’t even have a kindle at the time. I read books off the little screen on my phone at night. Money was tight at the time and I couldn’t justify buying any more books, so it was left on my TBR list. The story never left me, though. That’s saying something, too. I sometimes have a hard time remembering what I read yesterday, let alone something I read over a year ago.

Willow has had the same dreams since childhood. She’s in love with the blue-eyed boy before she even actually meets him. But, sometimes she has nightmares. Someone else thinks Willow belongs to them. Willow awakes one night from one of these nightmares to discover she has been marked. She then comes face to face with Drake, the guy from her nightmares, but she manages to escape. Her father then runs off with her and their family. On their way to their home dimension Chara, Willow finds her love, Landen. Landen and Willow learn quickly that they have intentionally been kept apart, and there’s a lot riding on their relationship.

Although I’d already spent time with Landen and Willow, I fell in love with them all over. Their love is tangible. Jamie did a wonderful job portraying the feelings and emotions of all the characters. Besides the great love story, it was the uniqueness of the plot that stood out with me all this time. While I didn’t remember every detail, I remembered clearly the heart of the story, and I easily recalled smaller details while reading it again. There are some very intense scenes that leave you with feelings of horror, and then the next moment you are gushing over the love shared. While I wasn’t shocked over any of the details this go around, I can remember being shocked over things more than once the first time I read it. After reading this time, and having just recently read Magee’s See, I could see some similarities between Insight and See that I didn’t notice before, however, they are still two very different stories. I’m anxious to finish both of the series! I think if you are liking one, then you will definitely like the other. The only thing at all that I could find on the negative side is that I got confused a couple times when Willow’s dad was discussing their exit strategy from their town of Franklin. Of course it all makes sense once they are leaving, though.

Let me note that the main characters in the story would fall in the NA category, but this is definitely still appropriate and “clean” for the YA group. I recommend it to everyone that enjoys the YA/NA fantasy romances. A strong 4 stars!!!!

About the Author


Jamie Magee has always believed that each of us have a defining gift that sets us apart from the rest of the world, she has always envied those who have known from their first breath what their gift was. Not knowing hers, she began a career in the fast paced world of business. Raising a young family, and competing to rise higher in that field would drive some to the point of insanity, but she always found a moment of escape in a passing daydream. Her imagination would take her to places she’d never been, introduce her to people she’s never known. Insight, her debuting novel, is a result of that powerful imagination. Today, she is grateful that not knowing what defined her, led her on a path of discovery that would always be a part of her.
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Giveaway Time!!!

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One winner will receive a signed copy of Insight and swag!!
Ends 6/29/13

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Happy Reading,

Alison

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See by Jamie Magee Blog Tour & 2 Giveaways

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Synopsis

Forgetting who you are, your ambitions, your passions is crippling….but remembering – embracing your purpose with a new sense of determination is more than empowering….it’s life altering. Charlie Myers is on a life altering path that will cause the dammed to humble in silence.

One night…just a few friends, how could it go so wrong? That was the question seventeen year old Charlie Myers was asking when she found herself in the ER. Outwardly nothing was wrong with Charlie, she was a vision of perfect heath, internally she was battling a raging headache…one the doctor told her she would overcome shortly, but Charlie knew something else was wrong …very wrong.

Part of her had been stolen…she was missing memories. Those memories were sacred. They held the key to her sanity. They told her that the sinister whispers, the shadows that came to life before her were not as ominous as she felt they were. They held the bond with her late father, a famed musician. They caused her to forget the one talent that allowed her to face the darkness that haunted her every waking hour. They also masked a much deeper bond, the face of the one that had stolen her heart, long before the age of seventeen.

Sitting in the ER with her angry mother she couldn’t figure out what she was missing, or even how. Her thoughts told her that she needed to protect Britain, a friend of hers, but that didn’t make any sense – Britain didn’t need to be protected from anyone, he was strong, young, and absurdly wealthy. Charlie also knew that even though her friend Bianca called Charlie her best friend, she didn’t trust her …she was almost sure she despised her, but she couldn’t figure out why, or understand how random thoughts were telling her that she adored both Britain and Bianca – that they were her saviors – that they brought silence to the unstoppable whispers, but the silence scared Charlie. In her mind anyone or anything that could bring silence to something that dark could not be good.

Charlie wanted to stay in NY, figure out what she was missing, why, and who was behind it all, but her mother had other plans. Against her will, Charlie was sent to Salem to live with her sister, within that small town Charlie found her memories and so much more.

Her story begins now.

My Review

Magee knocked this one out of the park! A home run! This was one of the most unique and fascinating plots I’ve ever read.

Just before her high school graduation, Charlie awakes in the hospital. She just doesn’t remember exactly how she got there, and worse, she is missing huge blocks of memory. She does remember that she is done hanging around with her friend Bianca. She just can’t figure out what she was supposed to remember about helping their mutual friend Britain.

Charlie’s mom decides that Charlie needs to spend the summer with her sister Kara back where she grew up. Her first day back they stop at a restaurant and Charlie has a crazy pull towards a guy (Draven) there. She quickly learns that she should remember him and some other important people in her life. The crazy thing is, she’s struggling with all of this while taunting shadows are following her around, and the only thing that seems to help is the music.

The closest thing I could relate this book to is the movie August Rush. The only comparison, though, is the whole magic in music theme. The story flows easily right from the start, but you are left feeling confused. This is only because Charlie is completely confused and trying to piece things back together. Plus, there are still questions she’s never had the answers to. Jamie does an excellent job weaving it all together so it all makes sense. The characters were well developed, but at the same time, you’re trying to figure the people out with Charlie. The bond between Charlie and Draven is intense, and you feel it. You also feel all the tension and fear Charlie feels.

The plot was laid out incredibly well. You’re slowly fed more information to figure out what exactly has happened to Charlie. The world Magee created was so relatable, and yet so different at the same time. I give this a whole-hearted 5 star rating!! While the characters in the story would fit in the new adult category, I’d still highly recommend this to those of you that love YA Fantasy Romances. I can NOT wait to read the rest of this series!!

About the Author


Jamie Magee has always believed that each of us have a defining gift that sets us apart from the rest of the world, she has always envied those who have known from their first breath what their gift was. Not knowing hers, she began a career in the fast paced world of business. Raising a young family, and competing to rise higher in that field would drive some to the point of insanity, but she always found a moment of escape in a passing daydream. Her imagination would take her to places she’d never been, introduce her to people she’s never known. Insight, her debuting novel, is a result of that powerful imagination. Today, she is grateful that not knowing what defined her, led her on a path of discovery that would always be a part of her.

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You can follow the blog tour HERE for more chances to win a copy of SEE by Jamie Magee!!

Giveaway Time!!!

Be sure to enter both rafflecopters for two different prizes!!

One Winner will receive a HARDCOPY of SEE & a $10 Amazon Gift Card!!
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One Winner will receive an ebook copy of SEE!!
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Happy Reading,

Alison

Teaser Tuesday #3

Happy Tuesday!! It’s an incredibly busy week for me, but I wanted to make sure I got out my teaser!!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today my teaser is from ~
http://www.amazon.com/See-ebook/dp/B0080K8HHA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1369102812&sr=8-2&keywords=see

“For a second, I even let myself believe he was an angel sent to protect me, but then a sick feeling in my stomach took that thought away.”

This book is amazing!! I’m participating in a blog tour on the 28th for this book, so you can catch my review then. You can get the kindle version of the book on Amazon for only $0.99 right now. So worth it!!

Leave me your teaser below, or a link. I hope you’ll follow my blog while you’re here. Thanks for stopping by!!

Happy Reading,

Alison