Monday, October 5, 2015

REVIEW TOUR with GIVEAWAY - HERE THEY LIE (The Bloodstone Legacy #1) by D’Ann Burrow:

TITLE: Here They Lie
SERIES: The Bloodstone Legacy
AUTHOR: D'Ann Burrow
AGE GROUP: New Adult
GENRE: Southern Gothic
RELEASE DATE: October 5, 2015
PAGES: Approx. 208
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RATING: 4 Stars!

Reese Everett’s aunt picked a bad time to die.  Just weeks after a car accident left Reese’s mother unable to travel, her aunt’s house needs to be emptied and sold, leaving Reese as the only member of the family who can do the job.  She typically wouldn’t balk at the opportunity to sift through her aunt’s collection of antiques, but when she arrives in Devil’s Vale, Georgia, she discovers the family house in a state of disrepair she won’t be able to handle alone.

Colton Waters is back in Devil’s Vale – whether he likes it or not.  After he loses his acceptance to medical school with no explanation, he’s left with a single job offer…one that will return him to the hometown he’d hoped to escape.
When an errand to help his sister ends in a meeting with Reese neither will easily forget, Colton takes a job as her temporary handyman.

The longer Reese stays in town, the more she realizes the condition of her aunt’s house isn’t the only thing she hadn’t expected when she made the trip to Devil’s Vale.  Reese isn’t the only gifted member of the family – her aunt Kate has been practicing the family business…the business Reese has been sworn never to discuss.

After a ghostly visitor arrives one night, Reese and Colton learn Kate wasn’t the only one practicing the darker arts.  They begin to uncover secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Here They Lie won the Young Adult Romance Writer’s 2014 award for New Adult fiction.

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REVIEWERS NOTE: Here They Lie is the first book in The Bloodstone Legacy and is a New Adult, Southern Gothic written by D’Ann Burrow. I was gifted a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review through Xpresso Book Tours.

4 Legacy Stars!
Great Start To A Promising New Series! 

The Review: 
Something is amiss in Devil’s Veil and it seems Reese is caught right in the middle of it. She’s come to town to settle her aunt Kate’s estate after her passing. But almost as soon as she enters the town, things just don’t seem right. Add in some too nice townspeople, the town's heritage day celebration the locals seem to treasure almost fanatically, Reese’s sudden onset of headaches and unfamiliar flashbacks, a forbidden romance that might be brewing between two supposed enemies and a father dead set on keeping his son in town when all he wants to do is leave, and you have a right good mystery brewing.

Here They Lie was an interesting read that gripped me from the start as it opens with a chilling fog scene, which is always an entertaining way to set the mood! This read was filled with lots of mystery, intriguing characters and had a spooky, thrilling paranormal edge promising all kinds of mischief. There was a little bit of magic thrown in and some very cute romance scenes. There were a LOT of questions posed throughout the story and not a lot of definitive answers but I know those will come later with additional books, which I’m very much looking forward to. 

Reese meets Colton after her deceased aunt hires him to help restore her home and they are instantly attracted to one another. I loved the slow, almost hesitant build between these two. You can tell they want to move forward past employee and employer, but hold back because they don’t think the situation is permanent. There are also certain expectations from both of them and finding romance in each other, is not part of the agenda. I enjoyed watching them grow closer but I do wish there had been more one on one time between them and a more pronounced romance, which this book was light on. The idea is there but I wanted more intimate or fun scenes to support the growing feelings I knew they were having. 

I will admit that I thought there were times when the author became wordy, using several sentences to explain something or make a point, when one or two would have sufficed. It bogged the read down a little and I found myself skipping over a few words to get to the meat of the paragraph.

Other then that, I loved this first installment. It was a fascinating read that had me questioning everything about who was real and who was false, what exactly the townspeople were hiding and it definitely left me curious and wanting more. I can’t wait for the second book to find out all the secrets hidden in Devil’s Veil and how Reese, Colton, Max and Shelby all play into the town's plans. There’s something sinister afoot, and I think those four are going to be in for one heck of a ride before it’s all said and done.


D’Ann Burrow once told her preschool teacher she wanted to be a witch when she grew up. That simple comment signaled the start of a life-long fondness of things that go bump in the night. As she grew older, she could most often be found with her nose buried in a book, and she was especially fond of the Nancy Drew series as well as anything by Christopher Pike or Stephen King.  Occasionally she’d take a trip to the world of the classics where The Scarlet Pimpernel and A Little Princess reigned among her favorites.  She’s lost count of the times she’s read Little Women.

Today, D’Ann enjoys the world of Supernatural, stories about guys with fangs, and she’s seldom met a disaster film she hasn’t liked.  When she grows up, she’d like to work at the Haunted Mansion. Until then, watching Ghost Hunters will have to count as research.

D’Ann writes about secrets people keep.  Even the bravest heroine or a guy with a heart of gold has a few skeletons in the closet they’d rather not share with the world. When those secrets get out, things get interesting.

A Texas native, she knows making great guacamole is an art form. As a theater mom, she’ll happily chat about Broadway musicals by the hour.  Molly and Lizzie, the family furry ones, are frequent stars of her Instagram account.

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  1. Eye catching cover. Synopsis sounds awesome. Thank you

    1. This was a great read. Hope you get the chance to enjoy it, Brandi! Thanks for commenting.

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    1. I do too and it was such a great read. Thanks for stopping by! <3

  3. It sounds really interesting and the cover is cool!

    1. It was good. Hope you get a chance to read it, Sandra! <3

  4. This sounds a tad creepy and very intriguing! Great review, Hazel! This sounds right up my alley! :)

    1. A tad creepy? Yup, it was. And I loved it. Great read, thanks for having me on the tour, Giselle! <3

  5. Definitely a great read. Thanks for commenting, Rita! <3

  6. Thanks so much for reading. I'm pleased that you enjoyed it. I appreciate you taking the time to participate in my release day!

    1. Thank you so much for the chance to read and review D'Ann. I loved this book. Can't wait for the second! Good luck on your release! <3

  7. Looks like a fantastic read that I know I will enjoy reading. I also love that cover!! Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. I hope you love it as much as I did, Judy. Thanks for commenting. Good luck!

  8. thanks for bringing this to my attention. It looks like a good read. :)

  9. Definitely a great start to a promising series. Thanks for commenting, Nancy. Hope you get a chance to read this one.

  10. Sounds great and I love the cover!!

  11. I like the cover and blurb. I hope that it is a big success!

    1. It was a great read. Hope you get a chance to read it soon. Thanks for commenting, Dan!


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