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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

***Blog Tour Review*** Infinity (Valkyries: Soaring Raven #1) by Sedona Venez

Infinity discovers a dark secret from her past that rocks everything she knows to be true.

A troubled 22-year-old superstar singer, Infinity has a bad reputation for drugs and hard partying. Now, she is on the road to a comeback with her controversial tour. But everything about doing the concert feels wrong from missing employees, to anonymous threats about ruining her career. She is dealing with a powerful corporation that is determined to kill her and everyone she loves. She is also battling for control of her life and career from a relationship that crossed the fine line between love and obsession. Infinity knows too much, even though she doesn't realize it. Secrets have been kept and these secrets are powerful enough to destroy her and everyone she loves.

Now she must put her safety and trust in the hands of sexy, tattooed and delicious Torch Channing and Boulder Vigari, hired to keep her from getting killed. Boulder wants to make her his. He won't stop until he claims her. Torch struggles with his primal need to possess her and his hatred of everything she represents.

Infinity is determined to protect her heart while dealing with the pressure of pulling off another successful tour without spiraling into another mental meltdown.

I’m choosing this because:

So this is for another blog tour I decided to get involved with. I chose this because it’s a step out of the YA genre and I occasionally like to see what else is out there, you know broaden the old horizons. So the tour is hosted by Heather at  Supagirl Tours and I’m pleased to be a part of it. Now what drew me to this precise book. If I’m honest it was the synopsis. It has a mix of things I like, a popstar, evil murderous people and sexy sounding dudes. Yes please!

Judging a book by its cover:

The cover is a bit of a mish mash imo. So many elements of the story (well I hope they’re part of the story, otherwise we have issues) all combined together giving the reader mini visual snippets of what’s in store. I kind of feel like there should be too much there for it to really work but somehow it does. It creates mystery and I definitely want to open it and see what lies within.

Pricing the (possible) awesomeness:

After a quick search on the great Amazon *bows down to Amazon’s massive Kindle library* I have found that this is available for 99p for your Kindle and £6.14 for the paperback. The 14p is a tad random I have to admit. My copy was free however, in exchange for my honest review. So hurray!! I’ll just go read it  now.

When I think of this book, the word that springs to mind is “good” while that’s jolly nice and everything it makes reviewing harder. It means nothing really stood out and made me rage or self combust due to fangirling the awesomeness. However, I think I can cobble together a few positive and negative notes for the entertainment of you all (and possibly helpfulness) but know that good means that I liked it.

Chapter length – Some were too long. I had a 20 page PDF chapter. Can you imagine how long that is on a Kindle? Now for someone with a short attention span (that’ll be me) this caused some of the book to drag and that’s really not good. I think chapter length is an art and that this book needs some work on that front.

The writing was something I did like, the characters felt real and what needed to be shrouded in mystery was. In other words the author knew what they needed to do and they did that well. I have to say any issues I do have are nothing to do with the quality of the writing. HOWEVER: (sorry, for shouting just have a slight point) I do feel the action that I would’ve liked the action to start building up sooner, I was kinda getting bored waiting for something to happen.

Infinity – Our lead character and a whiny, spoilt princess. This opinion can lead to one of two trains of thought: 1. If it was intentional the author did an amazing job of creating the pampered specimen of perfection (I say “perfection” in relation to her looks, not about how I thought of her as a person). Or 2. She was actually meant to grow up at some point and I completely missed it because I couldn’t see past all the guys tripping over themselves to sleep with her. Seriously, her obsession with being a virgin and about how no one told her what to do got seriously grating. I may have wanted to punch her at a few points.

Zoe – Zoe is Infinity’s best friend. A very loyal friend who’s more than happy to point out that Infinity needs to get her stuff together sometimes because not everything goes according to plan. This is the real world not Infinity-Land. I like her, she’s probably the character I like more, even though she is a bit... hmmm... how to put it nicely... a bit of a skank. Actually, most of the characters in this book are.

Kara – She’s Infinity’s adoptive mother. She’s not one of the main characters but she’s the keeper of many secrets. She holds the cards to make all threads in Infinity’s life come crashing down around her. I wish she’d used them sooner because by gosh by the time it happened I was thoroughly bored of waiting. She’s an interesting character and it’s hard to decide if she hides the truth for reasons that are to protect Infinity or more selfish ones.

Overall, this is a good book. The pace and chapter length are off for me though and that really affects how much I enjoy a book because part of a book’s job is to pull me in and make me want to be in this alternate world. The writing was great though and I personally didn’t find any issues (I point out when I do because some readers abhor spelling issues and I like to give a fair warning).  I did like the actual writing and the idea of the story though and that’s the other part of a book’s job, to give entertainment to the reader. If I’m honest I’d make the chapters shorter, explain some of the things related to this world in particular sooner and I probably wouldn’t promote this as New Adult. It felt more like proper adult books that I’ve read and promoting to the wrong group of people won’t help a book’s cause.

A good story but nothing special. I did like it but nothing more. It’s written well enough to keep me occupied but it doesn’t make my heart race. I’ll definitely be looking out for book two and reading it to see whether that heralds a new perspective on life for Infinity and how she deals with the end of this one. I think it’s worth a read if you love paranormal romance but please bear in mind that this is an adult book.

This isn’t for younger readers of my blog, there’s a lot of sexualness contained within this. So if you’re not into that step away. There’s also A LOT of swearing. So if you’re sensitive to language this isn’t for you either.

I want to thank Heather for supplying me with this copy to review. I appreciate it so much.

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