Monday, November 14, 2016

Fates Entwined (Halven Rising #2) by Jules Barnard *~*~*~*~*~* Release Day Blitz, Review & Free Prequel

They can never be together. The notion is laughable. Humans are inferior, a scourge on the Fae and on the magic passed down to them by angels millennia ago. And if Keen finds himself drawn to the tiny human female, he keeps it to himself. He won’t add to the half-breed problem that threatens his people’s existence.

Reese can’t stand Keen. He criticizes her clothing, won’t answer a straight question, and is too handsome for her peace of mind.

Her entire life, people have pegged Reese for a shallow, ditzy blond. She won’t accept the stereotype from the large, arrogant Fae too. But after Keen saves her life, she begins to question what truly lies beneath his stoic demeanor.

Forced together, Keen and Reese fight to survive among enemies, and Keen makes choices Reese couldn’t have predicted. She glimpses a side of him that is protective and dangerously seductive.

But Keen refuses to acknowledge their connection.

Until he's faced with the decision to betray his people, or lose Reese forever.

*This mature YA series is intended for readers 17 years and older.

**Each Halven Rising novel features a different couple and may be read as a standalone, but an overreaching story arc connects the series, so it's fun to read them in order.**


Review of Fates Entwined:

I Heart Books Review

Fates Entwined (Halven Rising #2) by Jules Barnard
Review by Theresa Esterline
Stars: 5

Oh what a tangled web we weave...

Awesome squeal!! Can't wait for the next one. Imagine stepping back into the 18th century after partying at the local frat. This is the situation Reese finds herself in. Not only does Jules keep you wound up (okay at times frustrated) on the romance side, but also she does an excellent job explaining the other realmness of the story is very easy to follow!! And now a bit about the story...

After Elena and Derek successfully cure the virus attacking the Fae of Tirnan, the evil queen acts quickly to strike back. Reese has been kidnapped and Keen is on a mission to find her. But to save her, he has to make a deal with the devil! He continues to try and ignore his feelings for Reece, but at times slips... which confuses her into a coil of nerves and wreaks havoc on her confidence. But she is a survivor and plans to win this battle, no sacrifice is too great.

Favorite passages:
- “There are no rules when fighting Fae. The first to kill wins.”
- “We all must make sacrifices,”


Other Books in the Series

Review of Fates Altered:

I Heart Books Review

Fates Altered (Halven Rising #.5) by Jules Barnard
Review by Theresa Esterline
Stars: 5

Out of this realm...

This is the story that started it all.  Ever wonder why Elana's mother left? Or how she met Elana's father?  No need to wonder anymore!  Though I would recommend a tissue or two, to go along with the frustration, passion, and humor!  And now a bit about the story...

Theda's father has decided she will marry Adelmar Lucent, who kisses like a water serpent, and whom she doesn't love.  Instead of following her father's orders, she decides to escape to the earth realm.  What she finds there surprises her, but she can't tell anyone where she is from.  Will she be able to hide?  Will she be accepted? Will her father find her?

Favorite passage: He liked a pretty face as much as the next guy, but what had always kept him coming back for more was humor, kindness, and warmth—which he hadn’t yet found in one person.

Review of Fates Divided:

I Heart Books Review

Fates Divided (Halven Rising #1) by Jules Barnard
Review by Theresa Esterline
Stars: 5

Outstanding Romantic Fantasy!!

I loved this story of Elena and Derek finding out more about their true heritage. While the story revolved around the disease trying to kill of the Fae, it was still very much a romance. The Fae realm was explained extremely well and the plot kept me entertained! And now a bit about the story...

Elena is on scholarship at Dawson and enjoying her first semester out on her own, until she starts boiling water with her thoughts on her eighteenth birthday. Instead of going out to party with her roommate Reese to celebrate, she needs to find a lab to see what is really going on. Her need for a safe place to experiment leads her right to Derek, a junior at Dawson, who also seems to have some special attributes. One being extremely handsome and interested in Elena. Now Elena is seeing things, causing safe chemicals to explode, and she fears what may be next. When these two are thrown together with the Fae and discover what Halven are their lives will never be the same. Elena has a constant Fae bodyguard, Keen, who is almost 7 foot tall -- also very handsome. Can Elena and her family survive these changes? Can the two of them really save the Fae who deem them unworthy?

Favorite passages:
- All of nature’s riddles could be figured out with logic and the scientific method, given the right environment.
 - So far, neither of these guys looked like they could hold a pencil, let alone measure the pH of an acid.
- If she could accidentally boil her solution, what else could she accidentally boil? Jesus—people were roughly sixty percent water. What if she boiled the liquids inside herself? Or inside someone else?
- He scanned her figure, the corners of his mouth curling up as his gaze passed over her cleavage. “The fabric will keep your body warm and protected from the chemicals you’ll be using. It has magical properties.” But it can’t cover boobs.
- Keen was an ass, but the combat training he’d inflicted on them proved him a capable ass.
 - Elena kicked him in the butt like she was urging on a horse.


About Jules Barnard

RITA-nominated author Jules Barnard began her publishing career in 2014 with Deep Blue, the first book in the contemporary Blue Series, hitting bestseller lists on Amazon, iBooks, and All Romance. In 2015, she launched Fates Divided, the first of a romantic fantasy series Library Journal calls “…an exciting new fantasy adventure.” Whether she’s writing about beautiful Lake Tahoe or a Fae world embedded in a college campus, Jules spins suspenseful stories filled with realistic characters who have heart and humor.

When Jules isn’t in her sweatpants writing and rewarding herself with chocolate, she spends her time with her husband and two children in their small hometown on the California coast. She credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.

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